Report: Aveo nameplate scratched in favor of Chevrolet Sonic

Although displayed under the Aveo name at the Paris Motor Show, Chevy's upcoming small car will adopt the name Sonic.

Au revoir, Aveo. After debuting a production version of the all-new Chevrolet Aveo at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, General Motors has elected to swap nameplates on its upcoming small car.

According to GM Inside News, the next-generation Aveo will arrive next year under the Sonic nameplate. Like the recently launched Chevrolet Cruze, the Sonic nameplate will stand as the car's global tag.

According to U.S. Trademark records, GM trademarked the name "˜Chevrolet Sonic' on October 5th.

The next-generation Aveo was slated to use the "˜Viv' name - as it was called during the development phases - but former GM VP Bob Lutz reportedly ordered the Aveo nameplate to stay put sometime last year. The name stuck up until a few months ago, but GM ultimately decided that the Aveo name was damaged beyond repair.

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