General Motors launches Chevrolet Sail U-VA
Automobile company General Motors (GM) India on Monday launched the all-new Chevrolet Sail U-VA, a premium hatchback, to cash in on the Diwali boom.
"The much anticipated Chevrolet Sail U-VA hatchback is an important addition to GM's small car portfolio in India. It brings a new sense of vitality to the largest, fast growing and most competitive segment in the domestic passenger car market," said President and Managing Director of GM India, Lowell Paddock.
The new Sail U-VA hatchback is available in both petrol and diesel Smartech engines.
In the diesel section, a four cylinder engine delivers power of 78 PS at 4,000 RPM and torque of 205 NM at 1,750+/-50 RPM along with fuel economy of 22.1 km/l with several technical up-gradation in features like aluminium alloy DOHC cylinder head, lightweight pistons with graphite coated skirts that have anti-friction properties, low-tension piston rings that decrease weight, torsional vibration dampers to provide improved noise, vibration and harshness as well as low-inertia valvetrain with hydraulic lash adjusters and a lifetime maintenance-free timing chain.
"The engine's advanced common rail fuel injection system, close-coupled diesel oxidation catalyst, and electrically operated, water-cooled external EGR with pneumatically controlled EGR bypass effectively less limit emissions along with a fixed-geometry turbocharger with vacuum-operated waste gate for smooth and efficient operations," said Vice President, VSSM, GM, Ashwani Muppasani.
In the petrol section, Sail U-VA hatchbacks offer 1.2-litre Smartech petrol engine with aluminium cylinder heads, a deep skirt cylinder block with an epoxy coating and anti-corrosion coating on cam cover baffles along with the use of stainless steel core plugs, bay-to-bay ventilation, and lightweight pistons.
The cars are available in seven colours like super red, switchblade silver, summit white, caviar black, linen beige, sandrift grey and misty lake.
Officials informed, "The company has ensured that the exterior of the cars offer a sporty style with Chevrolet's design cues, including a dual-port grille adorned with a gold bowtie, muscular cutlines providing a three dimensional appearance, Hawk Wing Style headlamps and Shooting Star style front fog lamps."
The body proportions offer a perfect ratio of a long front and short rear with a lower stance in front that moves upward to a higher stance in the back.
"The panoramic view, big side windows and wide opening rear door give it the feel of a much larger car. We have put the fuel tank of the car underneath, that is under the seats and is centrally placed to provide a lot of space," asserted Muppasani.
GM has also payed much of attention to the interior styling, with a Chevrolet Corvette-inspired dual-cockpit design, horizon view dashboard design and rising sun styled instrument cluster with a three-spoke V-style steering wheel add to the sporty feel.
"The Sail U-VA hatchbacks are manufactured to cater to service the young couples and families as well as to load and unload cargoes. Therefore we ensured that ample space is being provided to give room for up to five passengers, along with the smartly designed Flex Flat folding rear seat which increases the space in the back to 1,134 litres," added Muppasani.
To add to the peppiness, Bluetooth functionality has been provided which supports five pairings, and audio streaming.
The company has also ensured taut and right handling with gas-filled front, rear shock absorbers to optimize damping in order to isolate road undulations, reduction in fatigue prone vibration, Macpherson struts in front and a semi-independent suspension in back along with a rigid chassis work to maximize ride quality, said GM, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, P Balendran.
Coming to safety, Chevrolet has used extensive use of high-strength steel, three point structure to disperse 80pc of the force impact, front and rear bumper skins to absorb light-impact energy at low speeds of up to 4 km/h to minimize body damage while the fuel tank is protected by steel beam-rolling ribs.
"Engine immobiliser, central door locking , speed sensitive automatic door locks and remote keyless entry further enhance active safety. We also ensured the driver's safety with airbags in three-four variants while brakeforce distribution is available in top two variants," added Balendran.
The petrol cars are priced from Rs.4,44,000 to Rs.5,57,918 and the diesel cars start from Rs.5,87,289 to Rs.6,62,000 with a three year/100,000 km standard warranty, with option for Chevrolet Promise of free maintenance for 3 years or 45,000 km, 5 year warranty on engine and transmission, and 3 year vehicle warranty.
The company that launched the Sail U-VA a day ahead in Delhi and Mumbai, already received bookings for 200 cars and 4,000 inquiries and expects a 2-3pc growth rate in the industry being down while expecting 80pc demand in the diesel section and market trend of 52pc for the same, he noted.
"General Motors acquires 38pc market segment in the PC industry, 48pc growth rate in last 3 years while in the last year we sold 1,11,510 units where Spark contributed 800 units, Tavera adding to the sale of almost 1800 units, Cruze being 400 units and Beat as high as 4,000 units along with 8pc sales point with a total 13,000 units which we expect to take up to 36pc sales point by the end of calender year and 40pc by the end of financial year with 11,000 units," he said.
The company has a plant capacity of 1,70,000 units in total with 1,60,000 units of engine (per year) and almost 4,000 units per month production in Talegaon plant, which has extended it with the addition of the second plant at Halol taking it to 1,40,000 units addition in the second phase.
Paddock asserted,"We would offer utmost facilities in styling, performance and safety to the a new level considering the Indian passengers sentiment and Indian road condition with about 6.3 million km testing on different terrains and stringent global testing of luxury cars' requisites."
East contributes to about 10-15pc of the company in India that also exports to almost 40 countries.