General Motors Co. introduced the hatchback version for the 2010 Chevrolet New Sail range at the Beijing auto show. Earlier this year, GM launched the sedan version in China as well. The sedan was actually the first passenger vehicle created in China by a joint venture. GM had collaborated with Chinese partner, Shanghai Auto, for this model.
With the expansion of the New Sail range, GM is also introducing an electronic manual transmission (EMT). Shanghai GM President Ding Lei said that the Chevrolet New Sail sets "a new standard for its segment" and raises the bar for safety, convenience, quality and overall value for money since it was launched last January.
Ding Lei also said that the consumers will have a "greater choice in the domestic small car segment" with the addition of a hatchback and the EMT transmission.
The hatchback model has a Boxy design concept, which gives more interior space for its class. The car has a rear seat headroom of 965 mm and a luggage area volume of up to 1,215 liters. It's remarkable that the rear seats can be folded in a 4/6 configuration, resulting to a flat floor.
Aside from that, the hatch has a square shape, which makes loading and unloading easier and more convenient. A 15% improvement is offered by the new five speed EMT gearbox when compared to traditional torque converter automatic transmissions.
The gearbox was developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive together with Marelli. The same engine range (a 1.2 liter and a 1.4 liter unit) is offered on the hatchback version as the sedan. They also boast of meeting the same safety standards as they both obtained a four-star rating in China New Car Assessment Program (C-NCAP) testing.