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Chevrolet debuts Sail Hatchback, MPV Concept at New Delhi Auto Expo; first products from JV with SAIC

At the 11th Auto Expo in New Delhi, General Motors India unveiled the first two products from its joint venture with SAIC: the Chevrolet Sail premium hatchback and the Chevrolet MPV Concept. (Earlier post.)

The Sail hatchback, which will go on sale later this year, is built for emerging markets. Engineers at the GM Technical Center – India in Bangalore spent the past year and a half engineering the platform for India to ensure that the Sail hatchback and other vehicles built on the platform will meet the requirements of the Indian market and Indian car buyers.

The Sail hatchback will be powered by GM India’s latest Smartech engines, both gasoline and diesel. In line with Chevrolet’s global focus on safety, the Sail hatchback features safety cage body construction supported by the extensive use of high-strength steel. The fuel tank is protected by steel beam-rolling ribs, ensuring the utmost safety for driver and passengers.

The MPV Concept is a multi-purpose vehicle, engineered for the MPV B segment in India. It also was developed for emerging markets, offering space for large families, with flexi-seating and a choice of seven or eight seats.

British automaker Lotus worked with the GM Technical Center – India for more than a year and a half to tune the chassis. Safety was emphasized in the development of the MPV Concept. High-strength and ultra-high-strength steel are used in the body and chassis.



India has much larger families than China and USA and needs more 6 to 9 passenger affordable vehicles. Isn't SAIC a Chinese form?

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