General Motors has just announced that the 2022 Chevy Onix will go into production next week. The announcement comes after production of the highly-popular Onix vehicle family, which consists of the Onix five-door hatch and Onix Plus four-door sedan, was idled for an unprecedented five and a half months as a result of the ongoing microchip shortage.
Production of the 2022 Chevy Onix will officially begin on Monday, August 16th at the GM Gravataí plant, as sources familiar with the matter informed GM Authority in June, marking an end to an unprecedented period in the model’s history where it lost significant sales volume.
“The Onix is the car of choice for the Brazilian consumer, and the return to production is important as we will begin to serve the thousands of customers who are waiting for the product at Chevrolet dealerships across the country,” said General Motors South America President, Carlos Zarlenga, in an official statement, translated from Portuguese by GM Authority.
Notably, the GM Gravataí complex was impacted the most by the global semiconductor shortage, both within General Motors as well as the auto industry across the hemisphere. The plant, which exclusively manufactures the two Chevy Onix body styles for Brazil as well as other international markets, stopped operations on March 1st, 2021 and has been idled ever since.
This situation has severely affected the sales leadership of the Chevy Onix as well as that of Chevrolet and GM, not only in the Brazilian market but also in that of other South American markets. In fact, the circumstance caused Chevrolet to fall from the best-selling automobile brand to seventh in Brazil in July. As such, the announcement of plans to restart production of the 2022 Chevy Onix is encouraging news for the company and the dealer network. However, the Gravataí plant will only operate on one of its three shifts.
The 2022 Chevy Onix will be available at Chevrolet dealerships across Brazil at the end of September, maintaining the usual configuration of two body styles (hatchback and sedan), three different powertrain combinations and up to six trim levels (LS, LT, LTZ , RS, Premier and Midnight). Pricing will be announced closer to launch.