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A memo to Chevrolet/SAIC - you might want to take a look at your american cousin Ford and see how they do interiors for small cars (like the new Fiesta)....or even better, get out and look at the Honda Fit, Suzuki Swift/Alto/new Wagon R, Chery A1, or EVEN look at YOUR OWN upcoming new Beat/Spark - because this interior is about the most UNINSPIRING, BORING, BANAL thing I've seen in a long time. A damn shame too, because the exterior is well done - nothing revolutionary but it is attractive. I guess I'll just wait until the new Spark is here before I venture into a Chevy showroom.
 

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Sail to be exported to other countries also.

* First car developed in China by a joint venture
* Best in class fuel economy
* Will be sold in China and exported to other emerging markets

Shanghai – Shanghai GM today introduced the Chevrolet New Sail sedan, the first passenger car created in China by a Sino-foreign joint venture. The new small car was developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), both GM-SAIC joint ventures. In addition to being sold in China, the New Sail will also be exported to other emerging markets.

Shanghai GM offers five variants of the New Sail with the base model priced from RMB 56,800 (US$8,400) to RMB 68,800 (US$10,100). This marks a breakthrough in the under-RMB 70,000 (US$10,300) small car segment, where Chinese brands have traditionally been dominant. Shanghai GM also began taking orders for the New Sail today.

“Our mission has always been to enable more individuals and families to realize their dream of owning a car,” said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. “With the New Sail, we are setting a new standard for the lower-end small car segment while fully living up to the global standards of Chevrolet, one of the world’s leading vehicle brands. The fact that the New Sail will be exported is a testament to the capabilities of our product development organization in China.”

Class-Leading, Fuel-Efficient Powertrains

The New Sail is available with a choice of class-leading 1.2-liter S-TEC II and 1.4-liter S-TEC III engines. The 1.2-liter engine achieves best in class fuel economy under comprehensive road conditions of 5.7 L/100 km. It also generates power of 64 kW, enabling the New Sail to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.9 seconds. The 1.4-liter engine offers power 76 kW, goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.9 seconds, and has fuel economy under 5.9 L/100 km.

The engines incorporate the Variable Geometry Intake System (VGIS), which provides smooth power delivery and torque across all engine speeds. Lightweight materials are used in the engine, transmission and body, further increasing fuel efficiency. The optimized friction coefficient in the transmission and tire rolling coefficient reduce energy loss caused by mechanical operation. In line with Shanghai GM’s Drive to Green strategy, both engines meet China’s Phase IV emission standard (as well as the Euro IV standard) and can be upgraded to meet China’s Phase V emission standard.

Even though it is classified as a small car, the New Sail ensures a fun driving experience. Its five-speed manual transmission offers smooth gear shifting. The sporty-looking steering wheel provides pinpoint handling and easy control, while the sporty yet solid chassis provides comfort and excellent handling. The driver enjoys maximum visibility courtesy of the New Sail’s large windshield, seats designed for local users and no-blind-spot rearview mirror.


Stylish Exterior, Spacious Interior

Like other vehicles wearing the Chevrolet bowtie, the New Sail is sporty, enjoyable to drive and offers good value for money. The New Sail features Chevrolet’s trademark horizontal split grille with the gold Chevrolet emblem showcased in the middle. Three muscular sidelines provide the car a three-dimensional look. A unique short-in-front, long-in-back suspension brings a sporty edge to the exterior. The streamlined shape of the vehicle adds a dynamic styling element while reducing drag, for lower fuel consumption. The New Sail is initially available in six exterior colors: Crescent Silver, Jasmine White, Sky Blue, Coral Red, Amber Orange and Starfish Blue.

The interior is likewise unique and all Chevrolet. It includes the brand’s twin-cockpit design as well as a flexible, modern central control panel equipped with a radio, CD player and MP3 interface. Designers have added a sporty touch through a double-digital screen and chrome plating. The New Sail’s adoption of a central fuel tank, a short front and rear suspension, and arch-shaped doors maximizes interior space for up to five people. There are 24 interior storage compartments for added convenience.

Advanced Safety

The New Sail is expected to achieve four stars in China New Car Assessment Program (C-NCAP) testing. The New Sail’s safety cage construction with crumple zones offers class-leading passenger protection. A steel frame surrounds the fuel tanks, for added safety. Dual air bags in front, a retractable steering column, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, child safety locks and a stronger child seat system are standard. The New Sail also offers outstanding pedestrian protection.

Developed in China for Emerging Markets

The New Sail was jointly developed by Shanghai GM and PATAC off a new architecture in accordance with GM’s Global Vehicle Development Process (GVDP) and worldwide standards for engineering and quality. The development team for the New Sail factored in local climate and driving conditions as well as local fuel quality and Chinese driving habits in the new model’s design. The vehicle’s assembly followed the DTS global C-BOB (best of best) standard.

The New Sail was put through more than 2 million kilometers of testing in extreme hot and cold weather conditions.

To ensure that parts and components meet Chevrolet’s international standards in terms of quality, service, technology and price, 95 percent of components were supplied by members of GM’s global supply chain, with more than 40 percent coming from industry-leading component groups or their joint ventures.

GM’s global quality management processes and regulations were also applied in R&D, procurement, quality recognition and manufacturing. Shanghai GM’s paint shop adopted Generation 6 Zero-Emission Painting for the New Sail. The vehicle meets all European Union environmental protection standards in terms of heavy metal proportion and the recycling rate of the full vehicle.

World-class Chevrolet Gold Tie Service will be offered to New Sail buyers by Shanghai GM. Approximately 380 dealers in more than 200 cities across China will offer customers nine free services as well as 24-hour emergency assistance.

According to Shanghai GM President Ding Lei, “Several years ago, Shanghai GM made the strategic decision to broaden our customer base by developing the New Sail. We improved cost efficiency while setting new quality, fuel efficiency and value standards for economical family cars. With the arrival of the New Sail, we now have an entry in every major passenger car segment.”
http://www.worldcarfans.com/110011123918/chevrolet-sail-small-car-unveiled-by-shanghai-gm
 

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Oddly enough, I think that is a car we need in the North American market. Well, north of Mexico. :D We can't seem to get "decontented" vehicles. Manual trans, crank windows, no leather, just a basic transportation vehicle for cheap. Looks nice outside, but I'd expect a newer looking interior.
 

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Guys,

I am an expat working here in Guangzhou,China, I am planning to get the SAIL hatchback 1.2SE MT version, Anyone knows the rough price of this model?

Thanks in advance,
monnette
 

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thanks for the quick post Martin. I think I just go with the lowest variant of
the hatchback. 1.2L MT. With the 58,000 RMB price tag, best car you can get on that price level.

Will head to the nearest chevy showroom this week
to check how it looks and hopefully test drive it.

Never own a hatchback, Do you guys think its better to go 14" tire or just
13"?

Cheers,
Monnette
 

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I agree, with a little pup like this car especially, bigger is definitely better for tire size. Better grip, handling and look for the car overall.
 

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GM China begins exports of Chevy New Sail to Chile


General Motors Co. said Thursday its Shanghai GM joint venture has begun exports of its Chevrolet New Sail, a small family sedan, to Chile and plans to expand such sales to other markets.

Major global automakers are just beginning to use China, the world's biggest vehicle market, as a low-cost manufacturing base for sales in other emerging markets. Demand inside this country has slowed in recent months, easing pressure on automakers to keep up with local orders.

"The New Sail is the first locally developed and manufactured passenger car from an international brand to be exported," Terry Johnsson, Shanghai GM vice president of vehicle sales, service and marketing, said in a statement. "It represents a breakthrough in our strategy to create products for China and other emerging markets."

GM, which holds a 49 percent stake in Shanghai GM, its flagship China joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corp., said it plans to sell the car elsewhere in Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East.

The New Sail, which was launched earlier this year, was retooled to suit the Chinese market. About 90,000 were sold in January-September, making it a bestseller for its category, GM says.

GM has exported Chevrolet minivans to Peru and the original model of the Sail to Chile. The company did not provide details on sales or shipments of those models in Latin America, or of its planned sales of the New Sail.

Many local Chinese manufacturers export vehicles, mainly to the developing world but in some cases to Europe and Russia. Volkswagen AG's venture with SAIC has exported the Polo to Australia and Japan's Honda Motor Co. has been successfully exporting its Jazz compact car from China to Europe since 2005.

But so far China has not made much progress in achieving its ambitions to export to major developed markets, such as the U.S. and Europe.


Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/21/1883757/gm-china-begins-exports-of-chevy.html#ixzz13AR2UAVb


Info at Autoblog:
http://es.autoblog.com/2010/10/22/el-chevrolet-sail-llega-a-chile-desde-china/

Chilean Sail homepage:
http://www.chevrolet.cl/vehiculos/Autos/Sail/Sail-Sail.html
 
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