More evidence has surfaced suggesting the Chevrolet Sonic’s life will come to an end in the near future. The Truth About Cars reported on Thursday that the Sonic has disappeared from the latest California Air Resources Board certification document.
The document certifies vehicles for the 2019 model year, and the Sonic is only listed on the 2018 document. The document covers all vehicles featuring GM’s less powerful 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s found exclusive in GM’s sub-compact vehicle class and is not the same as the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze’s engine.
Currently, the Orion assembly plant builds the Chevrolet Sonic, and with its almost-certain death, it will leave the plant with just the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV for production. However, with the Bolt EV’s technology and architecture proposed to underpin at least one other electric car, Orion should continue humming along in the future. Orion once built the Opel Ampera-e and the Buick Verano.
The previous report detailing the Sonic’s end also spelled doom for another Chevrolet passenger car: the Chevrolet Impala. However, we haven’t heard news on the full-size sedan’s future aside from minor tweaks for 2019.