While all kinds of reveals are occurring at the Detroit Auto Show, halfway 'round the would, General Motors has unveiled its 2010 Chevrolet New Sail to China, the world's largest auto market. The New Sail is a joint venture between joint ventures: General Motors' local partner in China is Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC), and the subcompact was developed by Shanghai GM and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, which are both jointly owned by GM and SAIC. It's the first time such a collaboration has produced a locally created car.
The New Sail will start around RMB 60,000 (circa $8,800 USD), putting it in direct contention with fully homegrown brands. The NS wants to lure buyers away from domestics with best-in-class fuel economy from its 85-horsepower, Variable Geometry Intake System (VGIS) 1.2-liter S-TEC II engine that returns 41.2 miles-per-gallon. The slightly larger 1.4-liter has 102 hp yet still turns in 39.8 mpg. Both engines work through a five-speed manual transmission.
You can get GM's exhaustive details in the press release after the jump, and check it out from numerous angles in our gallery of high-res photos below. In spite of the Cavalier epithet reference we made last time we met this car, it's not a bad looking piece of kit.