Chevrolet Will Build 2020 Onix Sedan In Mexico But Won’t Bring It Stateside

General Motors announced that the all-new Onix subcompact sedan will be built at its San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico for both local and other Latin American markets.

The plant, which is currently building the Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Trax and GMC Terrain crossovers, cut one of three shifts on August 12, so this recent announcement is a sign it may return to full capacity as the Onix enters production.

For now, the automaker will wait to see if demand for the small sedan will be big enough to warrant a reinstatement of the canceled third shift, GM Mexico CEO Francisco Garza told Autonews Mexico. The factory has the capacity to build up to 160,000 vehicles a year.

Also Read: GM Was Mexico’s Largest Automaker And Exporter in 2018

Unveiled in China this spring, the all-new model will enter production in Mexico in December before going on sale in the first quarter of 2020. Its addition to the plant is part of an $800 million investment announced in 2015 during GM CEO Mary Barra’s visit to Mexico.

The Onix, which is underpinned by GM’s new GEM platform for emerging markets, is expected to represent a significant portion of the brand’s sales in Mexico, where subcompact sedans have a market share of almost 35 percent. The San Luis Potosi factory will build the car mainly for the Mexican market, although some of the production will be exported to other Latin American countries.

In Latin America, the Onix will compete with other newcomers, such as the 2020 Nissan Versa and 2020 VW Virtus. No specs were released, but in China, it is powered by a 1.0-liter EcoTec 325T turbocharged three-cylinder rated at 123 HP (125 PS) and 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) of torque that’s mated to a six-speed Dynamic Start/Stop Shift (DSS) automatic transmission.

GM Mexico says standard equipment consists of six airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, backup camera and reverse parking assistance. The Onix will also pack a seven-inch touchscreen for the latest Chevrolet infotainment system, which will include Bluetooth connection for two phones simultaneously, USB ports and a wireless charger.

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  • Jerry Stigliano

    Why is another American company making cars outside the U.S. and not for the U.S.? I don’t get why GM and Ford do this?

    • Arthur

      Well the answer is pretty simple. GM is a worldwide company, yes it’s headquartered in the US but that doesn’t mean it can’t build exclusive models targeting a certain region and not have to sell that stateside.

    • William rowe

      cause the small profits mean nothing to companies that are greedy and want only huge profits, they rather americans not have jobs then to make a small profit, if they were a patriotic US company, they would run with the small and big profits to make sure americans had jobs.. Next time GM needs a Bailout, god help any politician who gives them one.. GM came to the American people for help in their time of need, we gave them the help and how do they repay us, they just stick their middle fingers up at hard working americans wanting jobs.. GM can jump off a cliff as far as I am concerned and while ford didn’t ask for help from us , they became who they are because of us buying their products from the day henry ford roll off his model… They all can go to where the sun don’t shine and any other kind of company who got big on the backs and support of americans who their all F’ing over now to find cheap labor in other countries . Its not right. If I was POTUS, any company that didn’t employ americans before others from other countries would pay a huge tax fine

      • HotDogBitesMan

        they rather americans not have jobs then to make a small profit

        Capitalism isn’t a morality play where the good companies win and evil companies lose.

    • Neckriagén.

      Because you don’t buy american subcompact cars.
      You had the Chevrolet Sonic and Spark (and Ford Fiesta), and all of them are dead, american people didn´t buy them.
      This is a local car, not a global car, not a car for the american market ¿Why GM will produce it in USA? In Latin market the subcompact cars sell well, and latin market buy GM models produced in USA, like Enclave, ATS, CTS, Escalade, XT4, Bolt, Colorado, Corvette, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse, Acadia, Sierra and Yukon.
      GM sell trucks and SUVs in USA actually, and produce them en american territory.
      I think your vision of the global market is very short.

    • Jayen DeHaart

      This is the dumbest comment I have seen on a car related site in ages. You do realize that Japanese car companies like Nissan or Honda make cars that they sell only in the US or even sometimes only in Canada? Or that just about every single car company has a parent and smaller regional offshoots that make cars that are not sold in every market? Wow I really thought my fellow Americans were myopic and uneducated but this takes the cake.

  • thejohnnycanuck

    Actually that’s not a bad looking small car.

    I wonder if Toyota, Honda and Nissan have called Mary to thank her for not bringing it here.

  • Six_Tymes

    Barra, the worst ceo GM has ever had

    • performante

      How? This car wouldn’t sell in the US. The Sonic, Spark, and Cruze are proof of that.

  • WalthamDan

    I wonder if the Chevy Onyx comes in black

  • hello there better looking Sonic.

  • That Redman Guy

    Honestly, the Onix should have replaced the Sonic once it got discontinued. After all, it’s a cheap vehicle, and only the Japanese and Koreans are cars in its segment.

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