What GM is probably planning
The Journal reported that GM has decided to discontinue production of the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, and that it’s considering ending production of the large Chevrolet Impala sedan. Sales of both are down significantly; the decisions make business sense. But won’t the end of the Sonic leave GM without a fuel-efficient small car?
Not quite. First, GM also has a small, fuel-efficient crossover SUV, the Chevrolet Trax, that gets about the same fuel economy as the Sonic. Second, and more importantly, there’s probably a larger plan at work here — one that should make green-minded folks quite happy.
The key to understanding where GM is headed is that the Sonic is built at GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, on an assembly line that’s shared with GM’s all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV. I think what’s really happening here is that GM is discontinuing a slow-selling internal-combustion vehicle to make room to build more electric vehicles.