General Motors’ SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) joint venture in China announced the production start of Chevy’s upcoming small car codenamed “310C.” The automaker held a production line ceremony at its Tianjin plant as the first units of the model’s hatchback variant, which was captured earlier this year, rolled out, revealing official images of Chevrolet’s upcoming small car for the first time.
Chevy’s next small car, codenamed “310C,” is an all-new vehicle from the Wuling brand’s new global model lineup that will be sold in select markets outside of China, but rebranded as a Chevrolet. SGMW revealed that the model will be exported first to Mexico, but later, it will also reach countries in Central America, South America and Africa.
Notably, this as-yet-unnamed upcoming small car from Chevy becomes the first product specifically developed by SGMW for foreign markets, whose variant with the brand’s Bow Tie logo has been announced before the original Wuling model with the Global Silver logo. In addition, it is also the first time that SGMW has announced the start of production of a new vehicle without it having been officially presented in any country in the world.
SGMW reports that Chevy’s project 310C small car includes hatchback and four-door sedan body styles, which will officially and respectively launch later this year and early next. The vehicle was born to meet demand in the B segment, which continues to be the segment with the highest volume in emerging countries such as Mexico, and which shows great growth potential.
Chevy’s upcoming small car is expected to be officially unveiled shortly and could make its world debut in Mexico, which will be its main export market. The vehicle should succeed the current Chevy Sail/Aveo as Chevrolet’s entry-level model in a dozen international markets where the Chinese-made car is still sold. As such, it could become the fourth generation of the Sail or continue the Aveo name.