Pune reader Anish Bengiri spotted a taped up Chevrolet Sail hatchback near his residence. The Sail hatch was displayed at the Auto Expo in Delhi a few weeks back and by the festive season (October-November) it will be launched in the market.
The Sail twins will replace the age old Aveos and the very important difference is the incoming models use Fiat's 1.3-liter Multi-jet diesel engine manufactured at GM's Talegaon plant.
These two models will be spaced out between the Beat and the Optra. Its main rivals incidentally turn out to be among the best selling cars in the Indian market - the Swift and the Swift Dzire.
The Sails were designed and developed by SAIC, GM's Chinese partner which owns a significant stake in its Indian operations with the goal of providing affordable motoring. The philosophy of the Sail is very similar to the Tata Nano - it aims to broaden the customer range for car ownership. The twins were designed right from the start to meet a certain level of international standards. They were launched in China two years ago and and are being exported. Some of the features on the Chinese-spec models are dual airbags, ABS, EBD and good pedestrian safety ratings.