The Chevy Sonic Isn't Ready To Die Just Yet

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Even though many of its siblings aren't so lucky.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Chevy Sonic would be discontinued in the Canadian market, casting doubt on the car's future in the US. The Sonic was one of the models rumored to face the ax following slow sales, though it managed to survive General Motor's series of factory closures. Even though GM has already discontinued the Chevy Cruze, Impala, and Volt, the Sonic isn't going anywhere for now.

Speaking to Carscoops, Katie Minter, Chevy Passenger Car and Electrification Communications representative said "In the US, we remain committed to Sonic. The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic is now available for sale at US dealerships nationwide."

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However, Chevy's Canadian arm confirmed that the Sonic will be discontinued in that market. "We can confirm that Chevrolet Canada will end sale of the Sonic following the 2018 model year", said Amanda Ignatius, Senior Product Communications Manager. "This change will allow Chevrolet to focus our car strategy in areas where there is more customer interest, specifically the Spark in the small car segment, where we see volume and market share opportunities moving forward."

Chevy will continue to sell both the Sonic and Spark in the US market. The Sonic starts at $15,420 in the US, which is around $2,700 less than the larger Cruze and around $2,000 than the larger Spark. Interestingly, the Spark has also been rumored to be on the chopping block, though no official announcement has been made.

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We are actually a bit surprised to hear that the Sonic will remain on sale in the US. The Sonic's main competitor, the Ford Fiesta, was killed off when Ford announced the discontinuation of all non-SUV models except for the Mustang. With gas prices low, small cars like the Sonic and Spark have been struggling, so we wouldn't surprised if they are both replaced in the next generation with SUVs.

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