Could be next GM brand
November 14, 2012
By: Austin Rutherford
While General Motors North America is hard at work preparing for the release of the Spark EV next year, GM China is preparing an all-electric vehicle of its own. At the Guangzhou Auto Show to be held later this month, the company plans to show the Springo.
The Springo, as you can guess by the teaser shots GM China has released, is a Chevy Sail hatchback with a Volt-like face added on.
Though the Springo is Sail based, it might not be sold as a Chevy. Notice the new “S” badge. This has lead to speculation that Springo might be SAIC-GM’s Chinese government mandated sub-brand. Last year, GM launched Baojun, which is the sub-brand for SAIC-GM-Wuling.
If Springo were its own brand, it would become GM’s 11th brand. For reference, VW Group can lay claim to 14.
The Chevy Spark EV and the Springo EV do not share engineering, as one might assume so due to their similar launches. The Spark rides upon Gamma II, while the Sail still rides upon the platform from the Opel Corsa B.
No official specifications have been released on the range of the battery, but rumors have it to be around 150 km, or 93 miles.
The success of the Springo could go either way for other EV’s already in China have not seen large-scale sales. The market will also become more crowded as other EV’s hit the market like Nissan Leaf rebadge for Dongfeng-Nissan’s Venucia brand.
Expect to see the Springo start sales next year, but do not expect sales outside of China.