Word around the auto block is that Chevrolet will be scrapping the Aveo name for its next generation B-segment hatchback set to be sold next year, instead opting for a cooler-sounding name – the Chevrolet Sonic.

It is hoped that the new name would distance the all-new model from the previous generation’s less than fantastic image, and Sonic is also easier to pronounce than Aveo. The thing is, GM has already unveiled the Chevrolet Sonic at the 2010 Paris Auto Show this year and it has Aveo badges all over it. Is it too late for a rename?

It won’t be the first new generation GM car that’ll get a new name – the Optra and the Cobalt names were both scrapped in favor of a new C-segment sedan name – Cruze.

[zenphotopress number=999 album=1569]