• Dec 9th 2010 at 6:29PM
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General Motors has officially announced that its all-new B-segment car will be called Sonic, marking the end of the Aveo nameplate here in the United States. We first saw the 2012 Aveo at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year, and the vehicle will officially start production sometime in 2011 at GM's Orion Assembly Center in Michigan.

The Sonic nameplate will only be used in the United States, Canada and Mexico; the car destined for other markets will retain the Aveo name. Chris Perry, GM's vice president for Chevrolet U.S. marketing explains the reason for the name change here in North America:
"The Sonic represents a new beginning for Chevrolet in the small car segment and so we felt it was time to give it a new name. The new car is roomy, stylish and fun to drive, and Sonic is a youthful, energetic name that helps convey what this vehicle is about."
If GM really wants to capture some youth, we suggest offering the Sonic in "Hedgehog Blue." Follow the jump for the official press release.


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[Source: General Motors]
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All-New Name for All-New U.S. Built Small Car: Chevrolet Sonic

DETROIT – Chevrolet announced today that its all-new, U.S. built small car will be called the Chevrolet Sonic in North America.

"The Sonic represents a new beginning for Chevrolet in the small car segment and so we felt it was time to give it a new name," said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet U.S. Marketing. "The new car is roomy, stylish and fun to drive, and Sonic is a youthful, energetic name that helps convey what this vehicle is about."

The small car will carry the Sonic name in Canada, Mexico and the United States. Production of the Sonic begins in 2011 at GM's Orion Assembly Center in Michigan, which received a $545-million investment in upgrades and retooling, and will help restore approximately 1,000 jobs in the metropolitan Detroit area.

The vehicle will continue to be called Aveo in other parts of the world, where it will be sold in more than 50 countries.


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      James
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this the model with the sewing machine under the hood ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please tell me it'll come in Blue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that is a really terrible name. Is this supposed to compete with the Fit? Quit making it hard to like you GM. I guess if it's a great car the name won't matter tho....
      Dawn McKinney
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sonic Drive-ins should sue GM as this "car" will tarnish their good name--an Aveo by any other name is still an Aveo!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, while Im not in love with the new name, anything is better than the baggage the name "aveo" brings along with it.

      If they can put a halfway decent powertrain and somewhat engaging handling into this car, it could be a seller
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the front looks just as pissed off as the rear.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cars bad enough to receive a tarnished reputation? Hello...Hyundai and Kia...are you listening?

      So the name Sonic is bad? What about Venza? Or FJ Cruiser? Or Prius? Or Corolla? Or Camry? Or Tundra? Or that absolute WORST - Kizashi. What car did you buy? A Suzuki Kizashi. A What??? A Suzuki Kizashi. A What??? A Suzuki Kizashi. A What??? Enough said.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A POS by any other name...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure which name is worse. I guess at least Sonic is American? So it will be the Chevy Sonic, almost like the 80's song Super Sonic LOL. The S is for Super...ha yeah I won't go there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish the production rear end looked anything like that, rather than another economy car rear.

      Oh well, at least more people will get it in blue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They wanted to use the Scion name and realized it was taken ...shuffled the letters around.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take mine with Blast Processing aka turbo.
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