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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Chevrolet Sonic RS

What is it? In an attempt to gain a bigger share of the always-desirable youth market, Chevrolet has introduced a sporty version of its small Sonic.

The four-door hatchback shown has all of the requisite go-fast add ons, such as a lowered suspension, front fog lights, four-wheel disc brakes, sports seats, and a racing-style flat-bottomed steering wheel that is sure to appeal to the iRacing fans out there. Power comes from GM's turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which puts out 138 hp. The engine drives through six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

What is new or notable? The MyLink system is GM's effort to appeal to the texters, tweeters, and Facebookers who seem to care more about social media than cars. It is accessed through a dash-mounted seven-inch touch screen.

CR's take: The Sonic is already a massive improvement over the Aveo, and it’s fun to drive in LTZ trim. This mostly-cosmetic version is likely to bring the car well past $20,000, which is a lot of money for an economy car.

When will it be available? Late 2012

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