Originally Posted by swizzle
Suddenly I'm beginning to think GM may be in for an implosion if they don't do a One GM strategy. The GM Korea products (Sonic and Spark) look worlds ahead in styling and quite frankly, I'd rather have Sonic than this Opel.
As far as reviews go, the reworked Corsa seems to be on top of the segment in terms of refinement and interior quality, plus the new engine line up is up with the best now finally, at least in the petrol department, but in small cars, Diesels are not really a topic.
As it is not sold in the US, I can compare it to the European Sonic/AVeo, and honestly, I can't say anything where the Sonic would particularly outshine the Corsa, it feels less refined to drive (you can tell it employs less sound isulation), employs cheaper interior materials, and the engine line up is less competitive. The course is among the most spacious offerings, so again, not really anything for the Aveo/Sonic to shine. Pricing wasn't that great either, though now with the axe of Chevrolet in Europe you might make a deal (infcat, that was the major problem of most Chevrolets in Europe, a perceived cheaper Opel/Vauxhall for not much less money, only Captiova and the Orlando Minivan significantly undercut their Opel siblings - plus the Captiva offered optional 7 seats - so they sold in somehow respectable figure, as did the Spark, mostly because it's very cheap. But Sonic, Cruze, Traxx and Malibu are priced close - or sometimes even above their Opel sister cars, and sometimes had less options available.
What however, makes no sense is that GM keeps two separate platforms of basically the same size alive, with all the 2 R&D budgets. Even if the Sonic is not the best supermini to start form in terms of NVH or handling (not the worst either), but so wasn't the Fiat Punto, where the Corsa has it's routes, and Opel still came up with serious improvements. I'm sure that instead of putting all that money into refreshing the Corsa, a bit polishing up the Sonic, giving it a fresh body and thus unifying future R&D budgets would have made more sense.