General Motors India to Start Exporting Vehicles
Will initially export left-hand-drive Chevrolet Beat to Chile
New Delhi: General Motors India today announced that it will begin production of export vehicles at its Talegaon Plant in the second half of 2014, with sales commencing in Chile in the first quarter of 2015.
Its first export model will be the left-hand-drive version of the Chevrolet Beat. The fuel-efficient smart city car is already built and sold in many markets around the world.
“The start of Beat exports underlines GM’s commitment to India and demonstrates the quality of the country’s growing supplier base,” said GM India President and Managing Director Arvind Saxena. “The exports will create more employment opportunities within GM India and the supplier community while helping improve capacity utilization at the Talegaon Plant.”
Available with gasoline and diesel engines, the Chevrolet Beat is India’s most fuel-efficient hatchback and GM India’s best-selling model. Since its introduction in India in 2010, it has received a number of coveted honors, including the Car & Bike Design of the Year Award in 2010, NDTV Car & Bike India Green Award in 2011, NDTV Car & Bike Automotive Technology of the Year Award for its SMARTECH diesel engine in 2011, Bloomberg UTV Autocar Award for the diesel variant in 2011 and Car & Bike India Variant of the Year Award in 2011.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million Chevrolet cars and trucks alone in a year. The Chevrolet brand was introduced in India in 2003 and is now one of the fastest-growing automotive nameplates in the country. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. The Chevrolet portfolio in India includes the Spark, Beat, Chevrolet Sail, Sail U-VA, Cruze, Tavera, Chevrolet Enjoy and Captiva. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.co.in.