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Chevy’s Favorite Small Cars to Make Big Impact at SEMA 2011

The Sonic and Cruze will be showcased in a new light as they headline for Chevrolet at the Las Vegas event.

Chevrolet is intent on making a big impact at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas next month by showing off a host of Sonics and Cruzes wearing conceptual Z-Spec styling enhancements. These baby Chevys will account for 60% of the GM's show cars, with Corvettes, Camaros and Silverados also to be featured. Both of GM's small cars have taken the US compact car market by storm, with the Cruze becoming the top-selling compact in the country and Chevy's best-selling car in the calendar year to date.

An aggressive design coupled with factory turbocharged power makes the Sonic ideal for customization and performance, which is why Chevy are bringing twenty different models to the show. The Sonic Z-Spec #1 finished in Torch Red is dressed in concept Z-Spec accessories: ground effects, a spoiler, unique grille, graphics package and 18-inch alloys. Perforated black suede seat inserts, racing-style flat-bottom steering wheel are highlights of the Cobalt Red cabin, whilst additional upgrades include a new high-flow exhaust system and performance suspension parts.

In Flat White with Torch Red accents the Sonic Z-Spec #2 has more aggressive ground effects with a factory powertrain featuring a 1.4-liter turbo engine and 6-speed manual transmission. The extra body work here is currently purely conceptual whereas the various aftermarket options for the #1 will be available for order this December. Other models to be displayed include the Sonic Z-Spec sedan and the Dusk: featuring a Z-Spec aero kit, Berlin Blue exterior and Mojave leather interior; but Chevy are keeping other secret Sonics under wraps until the show, which are expected to represent even higher levels of performance and personalization.

A couple of custom Cruzes in the form of the Z-Spec and Dusk will complement the Sonics, and once SEMA 2011 starts next week we'll bring you more images and details as they are released. We can't wait.

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