The first batch of Chevrolet Sail supermini for overseas markets left the coast of Yantai, Shandong, on October 21, marking the beginning for Shanghai GM to mass export locally developed and built GM-brand cars.
The passenger car joint venture of SAIC and General Motors said that it has received initial order for close to 10,000 Chevy Sails from countries outside China, mainly Chile and Libya.
The current model of Chevrolet Sail, available as sedan and hatchback, was developed by Shanghai-GM’s Pan-Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), and released in January this year. Well received, it delivered close to 90,000 units in China in the first nine months.
Shanghai GM has been building and marketing Sail since 2002, first under the Buick (until 2005) and later Chevrolet (since 2005) nameplate. The 2002-2009 models, all three-box sedans, were essentially rebadged second generation Opel Corsa.
The current Chevrolet Sail was derived from the fourth generation Opel Corsa, but underwent significant re-development. Unlike the Corsa, which was built on the Gamma II platform, it is based on the T250 from GM-Daewoo, which also gives rise to the current Chevrolet Aveo.