2011 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Chevrolet Aveo replacement will be called Sonic.
- The 2012 Sonic hatchback and sedan go into production next year in Michigan.
- Sonic will be slotted in size and price below the Chevrolet Cruze.
DETROIT — The successor to the Chevrolet Aveo compact will be called Chevrolet Sonic in North America. The 2012 Sonic hatchback and sedan go into production next year at General Motors' Orion plant north of Detroit.
Sonic will be slotted in size and price below the Chevrolet Cruze. The 2011 Aveo is priced from $12,685.
In a press release, GM said Sonic "is a youthful, energetic name that helps convey what this vehicle is about." It is also the name of a giant dealership chain in the U.S.
GM said it will keep the Aveo name in most other markets where the car is sold. The Sonic name will be used in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The automaker is investing $545 million to retool the Orion plant to build the Sonic and the new Buick Verano.
Edmunds.com says: The Sonic will share most of its sheet metal and details with the redesigned Aveo, which was unveiled earlier this fall at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent