Official: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic To Replace Aveo

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As we first reported just a few days ago, the Aveo name is being phased out for Chevrolet’s next-generation small car, which we can confirm today will be called the Sonic. Production is to begin in early 2011 at GM’s Orion Assembly Center in Michigan, which is receiving a $545 million investment in upgrades and retooling to accommodate the new car.

With the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, GM is taking its small car destiny in its own hands, bringing its Honda Fit fighter home to America--at least in terms of design and production. Unlike previous generations of the Aveo, the Sonic will be mostly homegrown.

Additionally, the introduction of a four-door sedan, as well as the regular hatchback, means the new Sonic lineup will stand a better chance competing against the likes of the Ford Fiesta and the hatchback-only Honda Fit. The interior gets Chevrolet’s latest family styling, which sees it share much of its design with cars like the Cruze and Equinox.

Look out for a world debut of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic at next month’s 2011 Detroit Auto Show, with first sales to start shortly after.

In the meantime, check out our previous spy shot stories on both the new Sonic sedan and hatchback for more details.

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Comments (6)
  1. I just kinda wanted to know if the back door on this is going to open the same as a ext cab truck?? I think the looks of this Sonic is much better then tha Aveo.. Good Job and i will be looking forward to selling these when they come out..

  2. That's the sound you hear when GM's pipeline really starts pumping out cars that consumers and analyst cannot ignore! Great effort GM!

  3. This is a good looking small car. Now, GM and Ford need to stop running away from old established names every time they launch a new model. Civic, Corolla, Sentra, Jetta... these are names that have enormous brand equity.

  4. the back door open like any regular door.
    the doorknob is hidden into the back door window frame (thanks alfa romeo)

  5. The Sonic, while a better looking vehicle than the current Aveo, will have to be several orders of magnitude better mechanically to even begin competing with the Honda Fit. And it will have to be at the same price point or lower. Do you seriously think GM is capable of pulling this off?

  6. i am looking forward in buying this new car when it comes out.

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