CarMax has used some effective marketing to position itself as a "cut above" your traditional used car lot. The jury is still out on whether or not CarMax gives you the best value, but their business model is very successful. Now Sonic Automotive wants part of the action.
In a year in which I reviewed demanding motorsports simulations like F1 2012, and NASCAR The Game: Inside Line, with Forza Horizon thrown in for good measure, I can guarantee the toughest racing game I'll play is Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed.
Chevy's econobox may not look like the embarrassing Korean crapwagon called the Aveo that once filled high school parking lots, but its sudden improvement in the looks department doesn't mean we still wouldn't want to see one launched off a 100-foot-tall stack of shipping containers.
The 2012 Chevy Sonic will start at $14,495 for the sedan and $15,395 for the hatchback. That includes destination. GM's also expecting its 138-hp namesake of both famous hedgehog and shake-and-tater-tots purveyor to join the 40-mpg club.
As it jumps back into the minicar market with the Sonic, Chevy will also offer "Z-Spec" options to make life with a U.S.-built Aveo replacement "fun" and "sporty," not "soul crushing"
Chicago isn't a show for journalists, or even for enthusiasts. It's a show for consumers, for ordinary people. The Windy City's auto expo reportedly brings in more Joe Public foot traffic than any other new-car show in the country, and its floor is laid out accordingly: There's a lot of quasi-fun stuff to do and a lot…
Aveo? Please, don't bother us with yesterdays. Chevy's dropping the 2012 Sonic sedan and hatch subcompact today in Detroit. The Fiesta fighter gets a standard 1.8 liter four, with an optional, 138 hp 1.4 turbo.
There was a lot of discussion about Sonic Drive-Ins on Friday and the question was posed: why would car enthusiasts care about drive-ins? First, there is the obvious &mdash that they're restaurants where you can "drive-in" and enjoy a meal in your car. But there's so much more.
Many people may not realize that there's a significant geographic bias against the northern border states by Drive-In-Style fast food chains, but this map clearly shows one exists. The map shows states with the most Sonic Drive-Ins (red), followed by those with fewer than 125 stores (purple) and those with no stores…