While Ford is causing a stir for announcing its decision to stop making all but two passenger car models as it focuses on crossover SUVs and trucks for larger profit margins, it seems General Motors is waiting in the wing, beginning potentially with a next-generation Chevrolet Sonic. Even as rumors began surfacing that GM was going to axe the stagnant subcompact.
But now it seems it’s only the current Sonic that’s coming to an end, in order to make way for a next-generation model. A recent government document surfaced from California Air Resources Board in relation to General Motors LLC suggesting its return, according to The Truth About Cars. This is just after a report noticing that the Sonic was missing from CARB documents.
Some details in the document mention emissions test results for a few 1.4-liter-powered GM cars, including the all-wheel drive Chevrolet Trax. Next to the Trax however was a small detail: a line that listed sedan and hatchback variants as applications for the company’s newest turbocharged gasoline four-pot. Of course, the Trax comes in neither sedan nor hatchback body styles, as it’s a crossover SUV, but does share the Gamma II platform with the current-gen Sonic.
This could imply that GM is indeed working on a future Chevrolet Sonic and that small cars could remain to be a part of GM’s portfolio. However, don’t be surprised if the Sonic – along with several other GM passenger cars – are part of an upcoming vehicle cull. Meanwhile, GM seems more interested in building autonomous electric cars at the Sonic’s Orion Assembly plant in the upcoming months.