GM launches electric car sub brand for China called Springo image

General Motors will unveil a new electric car sub brand for China called Springo.

At the Guangzhou motor show later this week, GM will launch an electric version of the Chevrolet Sail that will lack any Chevrolet badging. Instead, the Sail, which is an Asian market small hatchback, will feature Springo branding.

It is not known if the electric model will keep the Sail name or it will receive a new one, in tune with the brand change. Together with its Chinese partner Shanghai Automotive, which manufactures the Sail in China, GM has also restyled the front end of the Sail to resemble the Chevrolet Volt.

The EV is powered by an electric motor developing 87 horsepower and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque. The 22kWh lithium ion battery gives the Springo a driving range of 93 miles (150 km) on a single charge, which takes seven hours to complete. The car can reach a top speed of 80 mph (130 km/h).

Intellectual property for the Springo brand belongs to the Shanghai-GM joint venture, instead of the foreign partner.