Chevrolet Begins Production of 2012 Sonic

By Jacob Brown | August 02, 2011
Ready to ditch its rental car image in exchange for one more like a video game hedgehog or a fast food restaurant, production began this week on the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact sedan and hatchback at its Orion, Michigan assembly plant. With the Chevy Sonic, General Motors hopes to accomplish something it never did with the Aveo that it replaces: Build a compelling subcompact car. With the Ford Fiesta going on sale last year, a redesigned Hyundai Accent entering the market this year, and more small cars going on sale every month, Chevrolet is pulling out the stops with better materials, more equipment, and more powerful engines than the dowdy Aveo had in an attempt to take a controlling slice of the market. According to statistics from the Detroit News, high fuel prices have driven the popularity of subcompact cars up to 196,000 sold through the first half of 2011. That's 56,000 more cars than automakers had sold in 2010 during the same period. Set to go on sale fall 2011, the Sonic sedan will carry a base price of $14,495 including destination, and the hatchback will cost $900 more. While more expensive than some of its rivals, the Sonic comes with a list of standard equipment that includes air conditioning, power windows, remote power locks, and alloy wheels as standard equipment. With the Orion plant, General Motors will become the only manufacturer to build a subcompact car in the U.S. Over the past 18 months, GM has upgraded the plant for both the Sonic and the 2012 Buick Verano compact sedan that shares its architecture with the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. Previously, the plant had assembled the Chevrolet Malibu and defunct Pontiac G6 midsize sedan. Source: Detroit News