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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Chevrolet Code 130R

What is it? The Code 130R is one of two concept cars Chevrolet unveiled to appeal to younger car buyers. This four-seat coupe features chiseled styling of basic blocks reminiscent of a BMW 320i or a ’68 Camaro with a roof post.

Designers of the Code 130R envision a 1.4-liter turbo Ecotec engine producing approximately 150-hp and paired with either a 6-speed automatic or optional manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The engine would work with eAssist technology (GM’s belt-alternator mild hybrid system) to balance the turbocharged engine with fuel economy to achieve 40 mpg.

Inside, the vehicle will use Chevrolet’s new MyLink display as well as Wi-Fi and smart phone integration. The pricing target would be in the low $20,000.

What’s new or notable? The Chevrolet crossflag emblem on its flanks denotes a new lineup of sporty cars from Chevrolet, which indicates Chevrolet may plan to produce such a car as something of an entry-level Camaro. The 130R will travel the show circuit, college campuses and other venues with the Chevrolet Tru 140S to engage young drivers. In the past, GM has shown multiple cars aimed at the same audience to see which one clicks. The Code 130R and the Tru 140S may be such a case.

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