• Dec 29, 2009
2010 Chinese-market Chevy Sail – Click above for image gallery

The Chinese-market Chevrolet Sail has had quite a life, at one time being a rebadged Opel, at another time being built in China, at another time being called the Buick Sail. The 2010 model has been spotted – which was at one time thought to be the new Chevy Lova – and it's plastic fantastic. Honestly, when we look at it we don't even think Aveo, we think Cavalier, and then feel bad for anyone who might have to live through that experience.

But that's our own flashbacks; the car has sold well and appears to have a solid reputation in China, and the 2010 version should continue the trend. Engine options are said to number two: a 1.2-liter with 78 horsepower, and a 1.4-liter with 96 hp. They will work through a five-speed manual or perhaps a four-speed auto in an upper trim. The price in China is expected to be less than $9,390.



[Source: Autohome (translated) via Autoblog Spanish (translated)]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I HAD to comment on this one. Nothing about this car fits the current design language being implemented on new Chevys in the United States, aside from its grille and the bowtie. The car is too round, even compared to the Volt. And, I don't know what's going on with the headlamps. They just seem strange-looking. And, the interior... wow.

      No one has a right to complain about the Cruze any more. Or Korean designers. Matter of fact, even the Agile does better than this Sail.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I might have to disagree with you here.

        Body side feature = Chevy EQUINOX 2010
        Front= CRUZE ( Hood, grille, fog lights, headlamp)
        Are you saying you see no resemblance to the cruze front graphics, are serious?
        (upper grille, Lower Grille, headlamp under the hood?)



        For all of you that don't understand why the car deosnt look it is because the
        Proportions of this car are not pretty, thats why the car doesnt look attractive. The cruze has good proportions, that why you like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "It ran consistently unless the temperature was under 10F, in which case it wouldn't start, consistently.

      Oh yeah, and the power steering wouldn't work for like 10 seconds at start if it was below 45 outside.

      Boy, it had no power and the interior was cheap. This was the base model, AM-only radio, no A/C, manual windows."


      No, this doesn't sound like a P.O.S. I stand corrected.

        • 5 Years Ago
        2 faults in a car that I had for 8 years? And one of them, the power steering thing, was incredibly minor.

        As to the interior being being cheap, that's because it was a cheap car. It cost like $8500. You don't get luxury for $8500.

        There's a difference between being a stripped down car and being a POS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @farber,

        I saw a nascar race the other day none of the cars had leather or cupholders, they are all POS's i guess...

        what i guess you dont understand is an old base cavalier (which sold very well, since you need to include pontiac variants) wont be as nice as todays cars. But if you needed cheap reliable transportation it worked very well. why not think about its competition back then? and for you toyota lovers, even toyota thought the cavalier was good enough to rebadge as a toyota for some asian markets ( 2nd gen i think)
      • 5 Years Ago
      My mother had a '96 Cavalier. Driving back from seeing the Rockettes it blew a hole in the side of the block the size of my fist. Thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gotta love the Chevrolet Fail.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @geo.stewart: I can't stand all the hate on this blog. No one said anything about Toyota, so, why did you even bring them up? Just so you could bash some more? How do you know its "craploads" better than an Echo anyway? Did you fly to China recently for a test drive? Your comments just show your bias.

        @Luis, do you think that the cache of being "American" truly works to sell cars overseas? I'm asking out of pure curiosity, because although I'm not that familiar with the Chinese market, that certainly does NOT work for selling automobiles in Europe or Japan. Buicks and Chevys might be flying out of dealer lots if China, but that's not the case... anywhere else in the world I can think of.



        Anyway, when I saw the photos the first thing I thought was "hey... not so bad."
        I'm sure if they reskinned the US-spec Aveo to look more like this Sail, it wouldn't be so much of an eye sore on our highways... or maybe it still would be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Sail is a reskinned Aveo for the Chicom market.

        http://www.autohome.com.cn/news/200902/54429.html

        Hope it's "not for sail" in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @geo.stewart: The biggest problem with your argument (ignoring your hate) is that one must consider the crap that is being peddled on the Chinese market by China's auto industry. When you have junk being made by Geely and BAIC or you're coming form a bicycle, a Chevy Sail will obviously come with the cachet of being "American" and being better than you you had.

        When I saw the inside of this thing I saw Echo circa 1999 without the center gauges. So you FAIL.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I always love small, low-priced vehicles like this. It may not be the luxury contender to best the world but by dammit it's an honest, simple little piece of transportation.

        If it ran rock-solid I could definitely see cars like this becoming the kind of sentimental favorite that the Trabant was to East Germans.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @James...interesting how you claim to hate all the hate, but still dish it out. Be nice applies to you too. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @James: I'm thinking entry level to the Buicks, which are well-regarded "American" cars in China.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Was the Cavalier really that bad?
      • 5 Years Ago
      First: This car is intended for a unique market, and has no connection to the Cavalier, other than the bowtie.

      Second: This could be a good car for the new GM / India venture.

      Third: Why does China get all the cool cars? j/k
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rear hood looks odd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The more things change (GM bankruptcy, Pontiac - gone, Saturn - gone)

      The more things stay the same (uninspired generic cookie cutter cars)

      This car came out 15 years ago. It was called a Cavalier. It was a piece of $hit then, just like I'm sure this carbon copy is a piece of $hit.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually the front has some form into it (the red color its not doing any justice)
      It does look better in white:

      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_XEEIzU0UA1M/StNM6vJZLTI/AAAAAAAAPp0/tjjMk2VTV-o/s400/01.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can laugh all you want but the bottom line is poor people need transportation too. This car doesn't pretend to be anything but basic transportation.

      I've been to China several times and if you seen the level of poverty that still exists in many of the places there you would have a bit more sympathy and not so quick to judge a car like this. Be happy that you can afford better.

      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys really fail at reading comprehension, this car shares nothing with the Cavalier, I'm not too sure why Autoblog even mentioned it. It's a budget car for the Chinese market. IIRC, it's a reskinned current gen Aveo. I think it looks pretty nice, considering it's purpose.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Autoblog has to offset the ridiculous claims of domestic bias with even more ridiculous comparisons. Hence the Cavalier reference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First, I don't see why an updated Cavalier is such a bad thing. Are automakers supposed to throw out every old design and start with a clean sheet for each new model? Or should they recognize which platforms have life in them, update them, correct problems, and improve technology to achieve solid new products? It's like saying the current Corvette engine is worthless because the small block V-8 traces back to 1955 and was probably not so reliable back then.

      Second, this interior looks great for a $9,000 car. Not flashy like the Fiesta, but nicely trimmed out for the more conservative Chinese market.

      And finally: Those wheel covers suck. Seriously, it doesn't take any more money to make them pretty.
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