The Chevrolet Sail came in with more responsibility since its hatchback brother, the Sail U-VA failed to deliver.
The Sail sedan managed to grab the attention of the value conscious Indian car buyers with its pricing, the three year Chevrolet Promise free maintenance plan and a spacious interior. Add to it a decent styling and the critically acclaimed 75 bhp 1.3 litre MultiJet diesel engine from Fiat, the Sail became an instant hit.
GM India claims that the Sail sedan has managed to clock over 7,000 bookings in just a couple of months from the launch. That comes as a huge relief for the car maker since the Sail U-VA's sales performance has been abysmal. The sedan outnumbered the hatchback by twofold since the time it went on sale.
However, the Chevrolet Sail has an incoming ambush in the form of the Honda Amaze. The Brio-based sedan will carry a 1.5 litre diesel engine which produces 100 PS. The ARAI certified mileage of the Amaze diesel stands at 25.8 kmpl which is the highest in the country.
With the almost magical specs and a clever interior packaging, the Amaze could offset the Sail's only advantage, the interior space. It will be interesting to observe the sales numbers of the Sail sedan from this month as bookings for the Amaze has already started.