GM is killing the Sonic for two good reasons
The chart above tells much of the Sonic’s story — but not all of it. As you can see, U.S. sales of the subcompact Chevy have fallen from a high of 93,518 in 2014 to just 30,290 last year. The car that was once hailed as a success story for U.S. manufacturing — a American-built small car that was both profitable and well-regarded — has now faded, as more buyers choose crossover SUVs instead.
There’s more to the story, though. The Sonic is built at GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan, on an assembly line shared with the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Bolt isn’t just GM’s first long-range electric vehicle, it’s also GM’s chosen platform for its upcoming self-driving system. GM has plans to launch two more electric vehicles using the Bolt’s architecture — and it also has plans to build a big fleet of self-driving taxis for deployment starting next year.