After announcing the launch of the Chevrolet Onix for the Mexican market, which is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020, and after releasing some interesting details about the car’s feature content, General Motors has started production of the all-new subcompact sedan. As a matter of fact, our sources tell us that production of the Chevrolet Onix has begun earlier in December at the GM San Luis Potosí plant.
This was confirmed by the company’s top leaders in Mexico during a recent press conference. In fact, President and CEO of GM Mexico, Francisco Garza, stated that they visited the plant to monitor the start of the Onix’s assembly. As such, the North American country becomes the third producer of the second-generation Onix, after China and Brazil.
Production of the new Chevrolet Onix in Mexico will mainly supply the local market, although we know that starting next year, GM will export the car to some Latin American markets and the Middle East. Unlike the three other models currently built at the San Luis Potosí plant (Chevrolet Trax, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain), there are currently no plans to export the Onix to the United States or Canada, where GM has drastically reduced its sedan lineup.
However, we must keep in mind that in 2016, GM Authority discovered that General Motors requested to register the terms “Chevrolet Onix” and “Onix” as trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This could indicate that the automaker considered introducing Onix into the U.S. market, potentially as a replacement for the Chevrolet Sonic once it reaches the end of its production cycle.
While the name of the car’s platform – Global Emerging Market (GEM) – suggests otherwise, the second-generation Onix could really meet the basic safety requirements to be sold in the American market if GM deems it appropriate. In fact, the new Onix surpassed the Sonic/Aveo in crash tests supervised by Global NCAP in China and Latin America, achieving a five-star result compared to the four stars obtained by the outgoing subcompact.
In any case, the new Chevrolet Onix is a key element for GM to maintain its position as the largest producer and exporter of vehicles in Mexico, after a fall in local production as a result of the 40-day UAW strike in the United States. Said strike severely affected the parts supply in the GM Silao and Ramos Arizpe plants.