India Chevrolet has unveiled the Vela and MPV models at the Auto Expo 2012. The two cars are the first models to be launched from China SAIC GM portfolio in India a couple of models.

Sailing is a sub 4 meter sedan (total length of 3947mm) which is scheduled to go on sale in mid-2012. While the style may not break new ground, the sail is very pleasing to the eye. Linking sailing with the rest of the range of Chevrolet's split grille with the bowtie emblem in the middle. The candle looks very elegant on the back, with its tail section almost vertical. A 2465mm wheelbase promises good interior space. Like the exterior, the cabin is very clear too, but not really outstanding in terms of design

The Sail will be launched with a 81bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine. A Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel will be added to the line-up later in the year.

The ‘MPV’ will the second model to be added to the Chevy line-up by mid-2012. While styling may be inoffensive, the MPV’s ability to seat seven (or eight depending on configuration) will be its biggest selling point. The MPV will be sold initially with a 94.6bhp, 1.4-litre petrol engine. As on the Sail, the 1.3-litre diesel engine will be made available towards the end of the year. Interestingly, British car maker Lotus worked with engineers at GM’s technical centre in Bangalore to fine-tune the MPV’s chassis.

Chevrolet is likely to price the both models aggressively and this could really be a new beginning for GM in India .

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