Since catching a glimpse of the upcoming Chevrolet Sonic earlier this year, I’ve been dying to drive Chevy’s new hatch. The General hasn’t had a serious contender in this segment in a very long time. Sure, they had the Aveo, but it was far from being a rival to some of the traditional imports. In other words, The General has a lot riding on the new
First off, there are a couple of things about the new car that nosy gearheads will want to know, although most consumers likely won’t car to ask. Even though buyers in Canada and the rest of the World love hatchbacks, US drivers still seem to lean towards sedans in the showroom which means Chevrolet has to offer both. While the design team is truly made up of a global team, the car was developed by GM Korea which prompted one journo on the press launch to get into a debate with a GM employee over this being a Daewoo. It may be splitting hairs, but the Daewoo brand no longer exists so who cares? Canadian cars will be built at the Orion Assembly plant in Michigan. Adding to potential confusion, this true “World Car” will be sold as Sonic in some markets and Aveo in others. It would seem that the Aveo moniker is a positive one in some markets. In other cases, the Sonic name was not available for use.