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The Chevrolet New Sail sedan. Click to enlarge.

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.

The New Sail is available with a choice of 1.2-liter S-TEC II and 1.4-liter S-TEC III engines. The 1.2-liter engine delivers fuel consumption under comprehensive road conditions of 5.7 L/100 km (41 mpg US). It also generates power of 53.1 kW/L, enabling the New Sail to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.9 seconds. The 1.4-liter engine offers power per liter of more than 54.3 kW/L, goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.9 seconds, and has fuel consumption under 5.9 L/100 km (40 mpg US). A five-speed manual transmission offers smooth gear shifting.

The engines incorporate a Variable Geometry Intake System (VGIS), providing 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 (equivalent to the Euro IV standard) and can be upgraded to meet China’s Phase V emission standard.

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 (1.2 million miles) 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% of components were supplied by members of GM’s global supply chain, with more than 40% 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.

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.

—Shanghai GM President Ding Lei

Shanghai GM will offer five variants of the New Sail with the base model priced around RMB 60,000 (US$8,800). 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 has begun taking orders for the New Sail.



"Shanghai GM will offer five variants of the New Sail with the base model priced around RMB 60,000 (US$8,800)."

If "95% of components were supplied by members of GM’s global supply chain" is this US available?


Seems to be a beautiful up-to-date, under $10K, 40+ mpg small car.

If imported, this may be the way for New GM to compete with small cars from Japan, Korea and Europe.

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