In April, Shanghai GM added a five-door hatchback to its subcompact Chevrolet New Sail lineup, joining the four-door door sedan that busted into the Chinese market back in January. The hatchback and sedan make use of either a 1.2-liter or 1.4-liter engine. In 1.2-liter trim, the New Sail returns 41.2 miles per gallon (U.S.) and the more powerful 1.4-liter still manages 39.8 mpg. The New Sail starts at a base price of 60,000 yuan ($9,011 U.S. at the current exchange rate), which puts the subcompact Chevy in direct competition with China's homegrown brands.
The New Sail got off to a strong start and tallied 90,000 orders within nine months on the way to the top of its segment, thus convincing Shanghai GM to begin exporting the model. The New Sail plotted a course for the Chilean market and future plans call for the vehicle to reach select markets in South America, North Africa and the Middle East. Terry Johnsson, Shanghai GM vice president of vehicle sales, said exporting the New Sail represents a new phase for GM in China:
The first of many, most likely. Hit the jump for more on General Motors' exports plans for the New Sail.The New Sail is the first locally developed and manufactured passenger car from an international brand to be exported. It represents a breakthrough in our strategy to create products for China and other emerging markets.