General Motors India vice president, P Balendran, has said that the company will be commissioning the first phase of its engine manufacturing unit at Talegaon near Pune in Maharashtra by the second week of November.
The plant, set up at an investment cost of million (about Rs 1,000 crore), will be capable of producing 160,000 petrol and diesel engines for mini cars in Phase I and an additional 140,000 engines in Phase II.
Balendran said the car manufacturing giant also has plans to export engines as well as mini cars from India to other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The company will decide on commissioning Phase II of the plant depending on market conditions.
“If we are able to sell close to 4,000 units and more, we might look into localisation of its production,” Balendran said, adding Captiva is the only vehicle in the GM-India portfolio at present that is imported as CKD (complete knock down) kits and assembled here. All other Chevrolet cars sold in India have a localisation level varying from 60-80 per cent. Chevrolet Tavera has a localisation level as much as 98 per cent.
“We have already sold over 60,000 units in the first six months of this year,” he said, adding that other than Optra, all other models of the company currently had a waiting list.
Balendran also said that there was a big jump in sales as the company had “excellent options” and better quality products.