Under the hood will be either a 1.5-liter DVVT or a 1.3-liter VVT, each of them more powerful and more frugal than previous offerings. Both can be paired with a manual or an automatic transmission, and qualify for listing in China's National Energy-Saving and Eco-Friendly Vehicle Catalogue, as well as a 3,000 renminbi rebate ($490 US).
You can read more about it in the press release below, and get more info on the Chevrolet Camaro RS Limited Edition, Corvette Stingray Coupe, Buick Regal GS and Excelle XT also introduced at the show.
- New Chevrolet Sail 3, Camaro RS Limited Edition and Corvette Stingray Coupe make China debut
- Buick showcases customized Regal GS and Excelle XT
- Shanghai GM announces new telematics strategy featured in upcoming Cadillac product
GUANGZHOU, 2014-11-20 – Shanghai GM is displaying 32 vehicles from the Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac brands at the 12th Guangzhou International Auto Show, which begins today and runs through November 29 in Guangzhou.
Among the products that are making their China debut are the third-generation Chevrolet Sail 3, Chevrolet Camaro RS Limited Edition and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe. In addition, Buick is showcasing a customized Regal GS and Excelle XT, and Shanghai GM is announcing its new telematics strategy that will be featured in an upcoming Cadillac product next year.
Chevrolet Sail 3 Entry-Level Family Car
Since its introduction 15 years ago, the Sail has been a driving force in the entry-level family car segment. Nearly 1.4 million Sails have been sold across China. The third-generation Chevrolet Sail, named the Sail 3, will take the nameplate and the segment to a new level when it goes on sale nationwide by the end of this year.
Built on Shanghai GM's new-generation small car architecture, the Sail 3 has adopted Chevrolet's new design language. It has a sculpted yet slim exterior with a youthful, dynamic feel. The Sail 3's Chevrolet-signature dual-port grille is wider and sportier than in previous models. Eagle eye-shaped headlights add to the striking appearance. Dual-C-element taillights provide an enticing and distinctive touch to the rear.
The Sail 3 is 51 mm longer and 45 mm wider than its predecessor. In addition, its wheelbase has been extended 35 mm, providing an even roomier cabin. With 366 liters of trunk space and an array of user-friendly storage compartments, the new model will meet everyday driving needs.
Inside, the Sail 3 has a dual-cockpit design – another Chevrolet signature. It also has an innovative flowing instrument panel that puts controls within easy reach, a dual-mode sunroof and sculpted seats with exquisite craftsmanship.
The Sail 3's new 1.5L DVVT and 1.3L VVT engines are matched with a choice of a manual or mechanical automatic transmission with start-stop function. The powertrains deliver a significant improvement in power compared with the powertrains in earlier models while reducing combined fuel consumption to as low as 5.3 L/100 km.
As a result, the Sail 3 has been listed in the National Energy-Saving and Eco-Friendly Vehicle Catalogue ahead of its market launch. All variants will be entitled to an energy-saving subsidy of RMB 3,000.
Chevrolet Camaro RS Limited Edition and Corvette Stingray Coupe
The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro RS Limited Edition builds on the performance car's classic masculine style. Its modern, dynamic exterior is accentuated by an all-new grille, fog lamps, taillamps and exhausts. Under its hood is a 3.6L V-6 VVT SIDI engine that generates maximum power of 241 kW and peak torque of 377 Nm.
The car is also equipped with the Chevrolet MyLink system, which provides access to turn-by-turn navigation, advanced voice recognition and a smartphone link. Pre-sales will begin by the end of the year, with only 300 units available in China.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe is the seventh generation of the all-American sports car, which was introduced in 1953. The model boasts an all-new frame structure, chassis and powertrain, as well as a number of innovative cutting-edge features.
It has a 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine with direct injection, variable valve timing and active fuel management. It cranks out 338 kW of maximum power and peak torque of 635 Nm. The powerplant is paired with a seven-speed manual transmission that helps take the Corvette Stingray from 0-100 km/h in less than 4.0 seconds.
Customized Buick Regal GS and Excelle XT
Buick is showcasing two models that demonstrate the potential for modifying the brand's products to meet the unique preferences and spirited lifestyles of customers.
The Regal GS has been customized with a 2.0T turbocharged SIDI engine that offers improved power of 205 kW/410 Nm. This enables the upper-medium sedan to go from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. The customized Buick Excelle XT provides improved power of 147 kW, giving it the ability to move from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds.
Shanghai GM's Connected Future Telematics Strategy
Shanghai GM's Connected Future telematics strategy has three core components: OnStar telematics, infotainment and automatic drive. It is aimed at fostering a harmonious connection between people, vehicles and society by providing intelligent transportation solutions that match consumers' changing needs in the digital age.
Next year, Shanghai GM will implement its strategy when it becomes the first automaker in China to offer built-in 4G LTE service in its vehicles – starting with a Cadillac model. This will allow unprecedented in-vehicle connectivity along with improved safety and security as well as reliable, high-speed data transmission. Shanghai OnStar is highlighting the new service at the Guangzhou auto show.
General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 10 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2013, GM sold nearly 3.2 million vehicles in China. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.