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Another One Bites the Dust - Chevrolet Sonic


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Slow sales and outdated styling likely to spell the demise of this small car


Due to slow sales and dwindling demand for small vehicles, Chevrolet could be adding the unloved Sonic to its list of discontinued models.

The news comes from “people familiar with the matter” and the Wall Street Journal, although Autoblog reports when it contacted Chevrolet for comment, representatives responded with “We have not announced any plans to discontinue the Sonic in the U.S.”

The car’s best-selling year was 2014, when it moved over 93,000 units in the US and over 8,000 in Canada.

That’s five years ago now, and in 2018 the Sonic experienced its worst sales performance ever: just 20,613 examples left dealer lots in the US; and 2,823 did in Canada.

The Sonic replaced the Aveo in 2012 and received a facelift in 2016, but nothing has been done to the model since then. If you gotta go fast, the jewel of the lineup is the Sonic RS, which could be had with a close ratio six-speed, stiffer springs, and bigger brakes.

The Sonic is currently built at GM’s Orion, Michigan plant, which is an under performing plant but not slated for closure like other GM plants are.

Although the Sonic is overdue for a refresh, it looks like it’s more likely to receive the axe. It’s kind of like unfriending someone on Facebook when you get a notification it’s their birthday, and then realizing you were never really friends in the first place.

We’re not sure when – or, to be fair if, with certainty – production will end, but we’re sure we’ll learn more when Chevrolet makes an official statement.


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