In the next few months, General Motors India and joint venture partner SAIC will replace the last-generation Chevrolet Aveo hatchback and sedan with the Chevrolet Sail of the same body variants, disclosed President and Managing Director of General Motors India Lowell C. Paddock. The Aveo is a legacy Daewoo design while the Sail was recently conceived as a cheap mode of transportation by PATAC in China for developing markets.
In fact, the Sail has already displaced the old-school Aveo in the Chinese market, where the Aveo is the all-new model available as the Sonic in North America. Still with us? Awesome.
In order to meet local requirements, the Indian-market Sail will use local parts; the hatch and sedan will soon be completed by an MPV, which is a rebadged GM-Wuling Hong Guang microvan. More on that, later.
The GM Authority Take
As far as basic, no-frills personal transportation is concerned, the Aveo wasn’t that bad of a car… it just wasn’t that good, either. Seeing that the last-gen Aveo is still sold in a few other developing markets, it seems to only be a matter of time before the model is discontinued completely… so we’re glad to see it go away in favor of something that may not necessarily be better, but is sure as heck less expensive — the Sail.