Chevrolet Sail comes after June, MPV during the festival season

14/02/2012 - 04:05 | ,  ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

According to a high ranking official who spoke to DNA on the company's short-term goals, General Motors India is planning to introduce the two products it showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo, Sail and MPV, at different points in 2012.

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The first launch is the Sail after June followed by the MPV in the last quarter of 2012. The GM official has not disclosed whether the Sail hatch will precede the sedan. The details on the MPV's branding were withheld.

The Sail twins will no doubt replace the Aveos that have suffered in the absence of a diesel engine. The incoming models will rectify this problem first with their 1.3-liter diesel engine. The GM official says the pricing and product attributes of the Sail will make it stand out from the rest of the competition.

Doubts prevail on the quality, fit and finish of these cars as they are Chinese products. Can the Sails compete with recently upgraded products like the Swift, Polo and i20 that have upped the premium hatchback game in departments of quality, build and design?

Unlike the Beat or the Cruze, the two recent Chevrolet products that have won over car buyers, the Sail is not a global product. Only after their introduction can we judge if the Sonics, the Sail's global counterpart, would have been a better option for the highly competitive B+ Segment.

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