What General Motors Is Really Doing With Its Small (and Big) Cars

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.

A red 2018 Chevrolet Sonic, a subcompact hatchback.

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.

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