Chevrolet Sail million units sold in China, facelift spied
General Motors Shanghai has sold more than one million Chevrolet Sail small car since its launch in 2010. Tan Zhenwei of Qingdao city in eastern Shandong Province, China picked her white 1.2 Sail SE EMT, after getting attracted to its visual appeal, safety and fuel efficiency.
Chevrolet Sail hatchback and sedan are sold in China through 16 variants and choice of 1.2 litre and 1.4 litre engines.Starting price of Sail is RMB 56,800 (Rs 5.48 lakh approx.). Sail is first passenger car in China to be created by a Sino-foreign Joint Venture. It was developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC).
Sail is a carefully crafted product, which gave 34 core technology patents, ran 100,000 km as part of rigorous road testing, and put through 34 crash tests.
Recently, Chevrolet Sail facelift was spied in China without a pixel of camouflage. New headlamp design, tweaked bumper, upsized ORVMs, fresh tail lights and redesigned boot lid capable of accommodating license plate can be seen in spy shots. Rear fascia is made less boxy and more fluidic in Sail facelift.
Sail, one of top selling cars in China, is also recognised as most exported. However, scenario in Indian market is quite the opposite. Sales of sail is declining gradually; hardly 500 units are sold per month. With competition like Maruti DZire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and upcoming Tata Zest, Chevrolet Sail could soon be capsized.
Via – Auto Ifeng