Sail, we can translate: Springo.

That's the renamed version of the Chevrolet compact electric vehicle that will debut in China later this year after its production version is unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show later this month.

Shanghai GM, which is a 50/50 partnership between General Motors and China-based SAIC, is calling the model the oddly happy name Springo, according to Indian Autos Blog.

GM debuted a concept version of the model, then known as the Sail (pictured), at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show. That model had, and the Springo will have, an 87-horsepower motor that delivers a top speed of 80 miles per hour as well as a 93-mile single-charge range.

GM hopes to further boost Asia Pacific sales by broadening its inventory of EV models. The automaker will start selling an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark in South Korea next year.


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      Doug
      • 2 Days Ago
      I read that as Chevy Snail EV, so Springo is a much better choice.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 2 Days Ago
      No reason to mass produce EV's by GM. No reason to do anything as Americans are incapable of pulling their heads out of their gas and GM is so good at advertising to brain dead citizens. No reason for GM to put voltec technology on their PU so they go 35 miles without gas and get 23 mile per gallon in extended range mode like the Envia PU. Maybe when the next gas crunch hits and the economy gets crushed and large PU trucks fill the dealer lots will GM barrow some more cheap interest loans to retool and make a superior product, all at the tax payers expense and then GM can once again collect the profits. Publicize expenses and privatize profits. It is truly wonderful to be to big to fail
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Days Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        @ EVSUPERHERO I can understand your frustration at the seemingly slow progress of EV adoption. But ranting about GM isn't helpful. Auto-companies don't dictate to the market, the market quickly teaches a savage lesson to those companies who ignore the desires of their customers. Next to the Prius, GM's Volt is the most successful vehicle deploying EV technology. GM has learned the lesson from Nissan and Mitsubishi about getting too far in front of what the market will accept. Mass produced EV's are not selling. Out side of Japan, Nissan has sold only 20,000 Leaf. Considering the Leaf represents a nearly $4 billion investment, and is only selling in countries with heavy government support, it shows how little market penetration has been achieved. These might be unpleasant realities, but they are exist. Imagine the disaster, if GM suddenly spent $ 2 billion prematurely mass producing an EV, that sat on the lot and didn't sell. It would be bad for all EV's. It's better for makers like GM to slowly introduce EV technology to markets that are more receptive, especially as the technology is still evolving.
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Days Ago
      Whoever came up with those white glossy hubcaps should be fired.