U.S.-Built Sonic Prepares to Battle Fiesta and Fit

2012 Chevrolet Sonic sedan, front

If we needed another proof of GM’s seriousness to work the subcompact market, we find it in the recent announcement that 2012 Chevy Sonic production began this week in suburban Detroit. The cars will be in dealerships in October.

This is important for several reasons. One, it’s going to be competitive price-wise with the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Fit—and with newer cars like the 2012 Nissan Versa and 2012 Hyundai Accent. Second, it seems to be quicker, better-handling and better-built than most of the above, though we need to wait for more comparisons.

Third, it’s a great improvement on its predecessor, the Aveo, a pretty crummy car by all reports, including mine. Fourth, it’s being produced in the U.S., not South Korea, because of unique wage-hour concessions made by the UAW.

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