2014 Chevrolet Sonic Enhances Subcompact Safety

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2014 Chevy Sonic

DETROIT--September 9, 2013: The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is available with even more advanced-safety features, including a rear-vision camera, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning.

When activated, Forward Collision Alert warns drivers if they are approaching a vehicle too quickly. Lane Departure Warning gives an alert when the vehicle veers from a marked roadway lane. The rear-vision camera, enabled by the Chevrolet MyLink’s 7-inch digital touch-screen, helps give drivers a clearer view of stationary objects behind the vehicle.

“Customer safety is our top priority,” said Dongseok Kim, General Motors Korea managing director of safety, regulations and product investigations. “Advanced safety technologies enable customers to feel confident when buying a small car like the Chevy Sonic.”

In MyLink-equipped Sonics, owners can press a button mounted on the steering wheel to initiate a voice command when a smartphone is paired. In Siri Eyes Free mode, the button allows sessions with Siri to begin and end without the phone’s screen lighting up, helping to minimize distractions.

Sonic is the first and only car in its class to receive a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the New Car Assessment Program administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2013 model was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Sonic was the first subcompact to have 10 standard airbags.

“While airbags and other passive safety technologies are indispensable, the active safety system now can help even more Sonic drivers avoid collisions from the start,” said Kim.

Kim’s leadership in safety technology recently earned GM recognition from the 23rd International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles, ESV 2013, in Seoul. He was honored for helping small cars meet top global safety standards.

Sonic is one of Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicles among buyers under 35.

Developed in South Korea, the Sonic is the only subcompact built in America. It delivers 40 mpg highway with the 1.4L Turbo paired with a six-speed manual transmission available in LT or LTZ trim.

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