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Sonic Bust? Chevrolet Subcompact Dead In Canada, Report Claims

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2017 Chevrolet Sonic - Image: Chevrolet

As our earlier story detailed, new car consumers are leaving the passenger car market in droves, so it’s not shocking to see automakers getting up and leaving the get together. Common Motors capped off 2018 by saying its intention to drop six car fashions, leaving the destiny of its remaining sedans and hatches in query.

North of the border, it appears a seventh mannequin has disappeared earlier than the opposite six even received an opportunity to get their coats and boots on. In response to GM Authority, citing a number of sources acquainted with GM’s operations, the Chevrolet Sonic’s life has come to an finish in Canada. How lengthy will it final in its residence nation of the USA?

Constructed at GM’s Orion, Michigan meeting plant alongside the electric Bolt, the Sonic all the time stood within the gross sales shadow of its bigger sibling, the Cruze. New fashions shun the ballsier, second-era 1.four-liter turbo inline-4 discovered within the Cruze, preferring to stay with a naturally aspirated 1.eight-liter and first-gen 1.4L. Provided as a not often-seen sedan or a hatch, the car appeared in 2011 as a 2012 mannequin.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic, Image: General Motors

GM Authority claims the mannequin’s discontinuation in Canada isn’t only a rumor (GM Canada has not but confirmed it), because the mannequin’s gross sales present a steep decline within the latter months of 2018. November gross sales north of the border totalled 12. The month earlier than, 37. As properly, the corporate’s Canadian consumer webpage exhibits no 2019 mannequin, whereas the American web page exhibits the 2019 mannequin and its modest price improve in comparison with final yr’s mannequin.

It’s value noting there’s no 2019 Cruze sedan or Malibu discovered on the Canuck web page, both, although consumers can apparently discover $three,000 in incentives for the latter mannequin. We’ll replace this submit if and once we hear again from GM.

Stories final yr steered the Sonic would quickly depart Chevy’s lineup, however the look of a 2019 U.S. mannequin poured chilly water on the difficulty. Whereas a 2019 mannequin lives on in America, GM’s determination to scrap car nameplates and the general market development in the direction of crossovers and trucks leaves its future in critical doubt. Orion’s invaluable American plant area is wasted on the Sonic; the power will probably develop into residence to GM’s future electric car fashions.

Yesterday’s reporting of fourth-quarter 2018 gross sales noticed the Sonic fell fifty five.7 % within the U.S. in comparison with a yr earlier. The mannequin’s 2017 gross sales have been only a third of what they’d been just some years earlier, and 2018 introduced the tally even decrease.

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