General Motors to stop producing Chevrolet Sonic Subcompact car

Chevrolet Sonic

General Motors is going to stop producing its subcompact Chevrolet Sonic by as early 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported, mentioning people knowledgeable about the matter.

While GM is also preparing to discontinue Chevrolet Impala in upcoming years, Ford Motor is also going to stop making the Fiesta small car for the U.S. market by early 2019, and discontinue the Taurus sedan, the WSJ reported.

The move comes at a time when U.S. customers are progressively shunning passenger cars in favor of more sophisticated sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks.

Ford executives are still thinking about the future of Fusion cars, the report stated.

General Motors refused to comment, while Ford was not available for comment at the moment.

Earlier, Ford reveals plans to shift the product portfolio from passenger cars to SUVs, include more hybrid and pure electric vehicles, and slash manufacturing expenses.

Demand for sport utility vehicles in the United States is on rise, with the number of new models striving in competition for a share of the market developing even faster.

Last month, GM revealed a revamped luxury pickup truck, intensifying the competition among Detroit’s big three automakers for huge profits at the top end of a highly lucrative segment.

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