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General Motors thinks the U.S. car-buying public is ready to embrace the subcompact market. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is proof of that, and shows that GM can build a small car that doesn't suck. We've had a bit of seat time with the littlest member of the bow-tie brand, and we're curious to see what America thinks. That time is nearly upon us because the Sonic is now officially in production.

Workers at the General Motors Orion Township assembly plant broke out their wrenches and set to work on the new subcompact. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic will begin arriving on dealer lots by the fall of 2011. Sedans will start at $14,495, and the five-door hatchback will cost you $15,395.


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      DCI Gene Shunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it. It is the "can we please forget about the Aveo?" subcompact GM needs. The Sonic burger tie-in would be great. Give them away in some sweepstakes. And/or have white custom stripes + blue for the hedgehog look(gold ring rims).
      Tone
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll get one in Red with the license plate "KNUCKLES".
      kmanning83
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is this so expensive when the Nissan Versa --which is in the same size class-- starts at a few grand cheaper? (Honest question here; no snark. Are there more standard options on the Sonic to explain the price?)
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kmanning83
        The Versa, even with options is still several thousand cheaper than a comparably equipted Spark.
      Skicat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the burger joint tie-in, but it begs the question: Will the average Sonic burger customer be able to FIT in the car?
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      "General Motors thinks the U.S. car-buying public is ready to embrace the subcompact market. " Hi GM. Welcome to 2008. You're late to the party, as usual.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        At least they are joining with a competitive offering....
      rc_car_nut
      • 3 Years Ago
      What an ugly car. If this is Chevy's answer to the Fiesta and other cars in the class they need to go back to the drawing board.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      vwfails
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll be sure to avoid these at the rental car lot.
      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW That is UGLY GM is right, people will buy subcompact cars but put some effort in to it at least. Mini proved they will sell and it will be interesting to see how well the Fiat 500 sells, both are nicely designed and don't look like a 1/4 scale minivan. Why didn't take a peak at the Dodge Hornet concept for some guidance on how to at least make a car that doesn't hurt the eyes. I do like the interior though.
      Evan McMiller
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't this still an Aveo largely underneath? The Aveo is far and away the worst car I have ever driven...I've driven farm equipment that had more maneuverability than that hateful little penalty box. The speakers sound like they're made of tissue paper and sticks, the brakes felt incapable of stopping the car, and the interior was truly depressing to experience. I can't imagine anyone owning one, they're dangerous. Hopefully this isn't just some new interior panels and new body panels on the same old POS.
        Darnell Robeson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Evan McMiller
        No it has nothing to do with the old Aveo. This is based on a new global platform. It is gunning for the Fiesta and Honda Fit
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ya know, GM FINALLY broke its mold when it came to its mid-size family sedan when the current Malibu came out. Before then it was just updating the same tired old formula that didn't work for 20 years. It did a similar move with the new Cruze - not as dramatic as a departure from the Cavalier and Cobalt before it, but still a big step forward that makes it competitive with other cars in its class. The Sonic? I am sure its miles better than the Aveo, but it still seems to simply be an updated Aveo, not like a brand spankin' new car. Maybe the platform is all new, maybe the powertrain is all new (or at least updated), but it still seems to simply be updating the old formula with new parts. Ford on the other hand completely broke the mold with its new Fiesta (at least compared to its USDM offerings) and because of that, it makes the Fiesta look like its at least a whole generation ahead of this Sonic. GM, nice try, but you can do better.
      benzaholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe this shows that the GM *family* can build a small car that doesn't suck, but isn't this basically a modern Daewoo?
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