Over the course of the entire 2022 calendar year, General Motors recorded 16 deliveries of new Chevy Sonic units, despite the Sonic being discontinued after the 2020 model year. Now, The General recorded three deliveries of the Chevy Sonic during Q2 2023.
These three Sonic deliveries are referred to as “zombie cars,” since they are sold long after the vehicle was officially discontinued. It also means that these vehicles have been on dealer lots for quite some time now.
As a reminder, the Chevy Sonic launched in the U.S. for the 2012 model year, replacing the Chevy Aveo. At the time of its discontinuation, the 2020 Sonic was available in LS, LT and Premier trim levels for the sedan model, and LT and Premier trim levels for the five-door hatchback. A sporty RS appearance package was optional on LT and Premier sedans, as well as equipped as standard fare on the hatch.
No matter trim or body style, all 2020 Sonic units were equipped with the turbocharged 1.4L LUV I4 gasoline engine, rated at 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. This output was routed to the front wheels through the GM six-speed automatic transmission.
Production ended at the GM Lake Orion plant back in October 2020. The last Sonic ever manufactured was a sedan in LT configuration. Equipped with the RS package, this example was painted in Mosaic Black Metallic paint and featured a Jet Black interior colorway.
The then-new Chevy Bolt EUV was introduced around this timeframe and took advantage of the increased production capacity the Sonic’s departure created. Currently, the GM Lake Orion assembly plant produces the Chevy Bolt EV, Chevy Bolt EUV, and Cruise AV vehicles.