Chevrolet Sail EV concept

Sail, we can translate: Springo.

That's the renamed version of the Chevrolet compact electric vehicle that will debut in China later this year after its production version is unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show later this month.

Shanghai GM, which is a 50/50 partnership between General Motors and China-based SAIC, is calling the model the oddly happy name Springo, according to Indian Autos Blog.

GM debuted a concept version of the model, then known as the Sail (pictured), at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show. That model had, and the Springo will have, an 87-horsepower motor that delivers a top speed of 80 miles per hour as well as a 93-mile single-charge range.

GM hopes to further boost Asia Pacific sales by broadening its inventory of EV models. The automaker will start selling an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark in South Korea next year.