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Old 12-14-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Default How many more production years does the Sonic have?

Does anyone with insider information know? Or does anyone want to take a guess?
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:45 PM   #2
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I think it will be a round for a while. It's a huge leap forward from the Aveo.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:54 PM   #3
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Well, it will most likely be around for 6 or more years. Usual age for a generation is what, about 4? So it is likely that the Sonic will do 2 or more generations, considering current success.

Unless you meant the current generation only.
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Usual age age 3 to 6 years. Refreshing at the fourth year will last thru six.

Biggest exception to prove the rule: Corvette which can go for almost a decade for an iteration.

Not an answer as I suspect not even GM knows if it will keep the Sonic name. By the way, the Cavalier carried the letter J in the fourth spot in the VIN, which spot specifies the vehicle line. Example: Corvette has a [I]Y [/I ]in that spot and Firebirds in the past and Camaros in the present use the letter F in that spot.

So: does the question originally posed refer to SONIC or does it refer to vehicle line? Clearly there is a difference between a fourth generation CAMARO and a fifth generation yet both have F in the fourth spot of the VIN.

Clearly what we have here is a Clintonian "that depends on what 'is" means question.

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I think he's referring to the Sonic name since the Sonic is just a updated and rebadged Aveo for the US market. Even with all the improvements the "Sonic" brought, I think it would have been a hard sale to keep the Aveo name in this market and it may have not seen the success it has. But, no one will ever know now.
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I feel this is the First small car that GM has brought to the US market where the Name will be carried on for several generations, in the past the created such one hit gems as, The Vega, The Chevette, The Metro and The Aveo. None of these cars really had a positive buzz about them, so there was no desire for the names to carry forward. If Chevy keeps the Sonic Quality and Value going there is no reason for them not to want continue using the Sonic name...
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I feel this is the First small car that GM has brought to the US market where the Name will be carried on for several generations, in the past the created such one hit gems as, The Vega, The Chevette, The Metro and The Aveo. None of these cars really had a positive buzz about them, so there was no desire for the names to carry forward. If Chevy keeps the Sonic Quality and Value going there is no reason for them not to want continue using the Sonic name...
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And who didn't like the Chevette? That was part Chevelle part Corvette, right?
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If Chevy is smart, they'd take a page from Honda and Toyota and keep the name Sonic (and maybe Cruze) and make improvements. And build upon that. The Civic and Corolla names are well established and have made $$$$ for both companies.

Keep making yearly improvements, then with each new generation raise the bar even more.... make the Sonic name the first name which comes to mind when people think sporty small car..
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Usual age age 3 to 6 years. Refreshing at the fourth year will last thru six.

Biggest exception to prove the rule: Corvette which can go for almost a decade for an iteration.

Third generation Cavalier went from 1995-2005. Minor facelift in 2000 and again in 2003. They switched to the Cobalt name and after one generation switched to Cruze. The Cobalt and Cruze occupy the same market the Cavalier did, and are the same basic chassis design.

If the Sonic continues to sell well it will be around for a while with the same name. If sales fall off it will get a new name at the beginning of the next product cycle.
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I did not realize the third gen J-Body lasted that long, although the 2005 model year Cavalier stopped production at the end of 2004, if memory serves.

The Cavalier, the Cobalt and now the Cruze all are assembled at the Lordstown Ohio Plant and all are compact cars.

I wonder what GM considers selling well. It looks like GM is looking at 80K Sonics a year which is a low number for a mass market production. I for one am hoping the Sonic will maintain those numbers so it will have several generations.


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