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Chevrolet to discontinue Sonic?

by Ronan Glon

Chevrolet hasn't confirmed or denied the report.

The Chevrolet Sonic is not long for this world, according to a recent report.

Chevrolet is preparing to stop production of the model, the Wall Street Journal learned. The newspaper attributes the information to "people familiar with the matter" without citing their name or their position.

Though nothing is official yet, we wouldn't be surprised if Chevrolet deep-sixes the Sonic. It competes in a segment of the market that's shrinking, and it's one of the older models in its competitive set. Production of the current-generation Sonic started in August 2011.The model found 20,613 American buyers in 2018, a 31.9-percent drop compared to 2017, which was hardly a banner year, either.

Rival Ford has already announced its intentions to exit the segment by not renewing the American-spec Fiesta.

Motor1 contacted Chevrolet to get more information about what the future holds for the Sonic. The company didn't confirm or deny the report; it merely re-iterated that the Sonic is still on sale, and it remains part of its line-up for the time being. "We have not announced any plans to stop selling the Sonic in the U.S.," said a spokesperson.

We doubt Chevrolet would kill the Sonic in the middle of the 2019 model year. We'll learn more about its future when the firm announces the updates its making to its line-up for the 2020 model year.

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