New “green” crossover “Chevy” will be a copy of the Buick Velite 7, car for the Chinese market, which has started to declassify last month.
General Motors back in the fall of 2018 announced plans to withdraw from production in the U.S. sedans and hatchbacks. Brands belonging to the concern, decided to give priority to models more popular in the States, segment – SUV. Under the “knife” originally came CT6 and Cadillac XTS, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Cruze, Impala and Volt. Later it appeared that Chevy will lose and the other models, including sedan and hatchback Sonic (in other countries known as the Aveo). As it turned out, the model will leave the Assembly line in October this year.
The debut of the Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic the second generation took place in 2010, the car was presented in Europe. To the American market model arrived in 2011; according Сarsalesbase for first full in 2012 dealers sold in the market 81 247 machines. The best year for Sonic was 2014: the customers bought a 93 518 EA (+9.2 percent). Then demand began to decline, this process is not slowed down even the update that sedans and hatchbacks survived in 2016. So, in the 2017th in the United States sold 30 290 units, and at the end of last year – a total of 13 971 PCs
As reported Motor1.com with reference to the representative of Chevrolet, the company has notified dealers about the plans to stop the production of Sonic on the Orion plant (located in Michigan) in June 2020. Although rumors that the brand “kills” this model appeared at the beginning of last year. The last sonic will descend from the conveyor of the enterprise in the United States in October of this year. The reason is obvious – low demand: according to the publication, sales continue to decline, so for the first half of 2020 could sell only 6452 units, which is 24% less than January-June 2019.
For Chevrolet Sonic is not a profitable model, because the cost of labor in the US is high, while the price tag of the car is quite “modest”: for the most affordable sedan now asking for only 16 $ 720, for a hatchback – 19 $ 420.
Place plant on a conveyor belt of Orion for a long time will not be empty. It is a new crossover Bolt EUV autopilot second level of Super Cruise. His appearance, the company announced in a special event day, GM EV, which was held in early March, 2020. Chevrolet intends to launch a new series next year, in conjunction with the updated “just” Bolt, which, presumably, will present at the end of the year.
As we reported earlier, electricross Bolt EUV will be a copy of the Buick Velite 7 – this car is intended for the Chinese market. The model began to reveal last month. He’s bigger than a compact MPV Bolt, its wheelbase is 2675 mm, and length – 4264 mm (vs 2600 and 4166 mm, respectively, the “source code”). It is expected that “green” SUV for China will be equipped with a single electric motor on the front axle, its impact will amount to 177 HP Maximum speed of such car will not exceed 145 km/h. Information about the battery capacity yet, but we know that the reserve is enough for 500 km (the calculation were based on outdated NEDC cycle).
Probably, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV “filling” is another. Note, the actual “simple” Bolt is also equipped with one electric motor on the front axle, but its power is equal 204 HP In the past year the model was updated the battery: its capacity increased from 60 to 66 kW/h and cruising range on a single charge – from 383 to 417 km (the calculation is conducted according to more current U.S. EPA cycle). What will be the starting price tag Bolt EUV is not yet known. Compact MPV Bolt in USA, you can now buy at least 36 $ 620.