New Report Suggests the Chevy Sonic Is Once Again Under Threat of Cancellation
After GM confirmed that the Chevy Sonic was only leaving the Canadian market, new reports suggest its on the chopping block for the U.S. as well
GM Canada recently confirmed that it plans to cut the Chevrolet Sonic from its lineup. At the same time this announcement was made, a representative from GM stated that the automaker remained committed to selling the Sonic in the U.S.
However, a new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests that this is no longer the case. Instead, the report states that the Sonic is indeed on the way out.
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Sources familiar with the matter reached out to The Wall Street Journal to confirm that Chevy plans to end U.S. sales for the Sonic. No timeline for the model’s cancellation was provided.
The Sonic was recently spared during a wave of cancellations initiated by GM. Among the discontinued models were the Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Volt, Buick LaCrosse, and Cadillac XTS.
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The Sonic’s place of production is likely what saved it. The Chevrolet Sonic is currently built at the Orion Assembly Plant. This location also serves as the site of production for the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Yet, even that may not be enough to save the Sonic from an untimely end. Sonic sales fell 31.9 percent last year, with a total of 20,613 Sonics sold throughout 2018. That’s a far cry from 2014, when Sonic sales reached 93,518 units.
This also isn’t the first time that rumors of the Sonic’s demise have emerged. Documents acquired from the California Air Resources Board last year hinted that Sonic production could be coming to an end, but nothing ultimately became of those rumors.
Much like a cat with nine lives, the Sonic has escaped cancellation numerous times. Still, with sales plummeting for the model, its lives may have just run out.
News Source: The Wall Street Journal
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