General Motors would roll out engines from its Powertrain (Engine) manufacturing facility at Talegaon in Maharashtra by November second week, a top company official has said. This is GM’s first flexi engine plant where both petrol and diesel small car engines would be manufactured together, said General Motors India Vice President, P Balendran.
GMI had invested Rs 5,000 Crore in India so far and was deeply committed to the market, he said. He added that construction of the 160,000 unit engine plant was in full swing and the engines would be rolled out of the facility by November second week. The facility is at the Talegaon car manufacturing plant premises.
This year Beat LPG version would be launched and its diesel engine would be rolled out of Talegaon plant, he said. GMI was targeting to sell over one lakh units of cars this year nationally against last year’s 69,579 units. Balendran said, during the first six months of this year, already 68,000 units have been sold and the growth this year was over 80 per cent.
In Kerala, the car maker was aiming sales of 3,000 units during August-September this year against last year’s Onam festival season sale of 1,250 units. Announcing special schemes during Onam, he said the company has tied up with leading financiers, including State Bank of India, HDFC and worked out low EMSs for Chevrolet range of cars.
The Chevrolet Spark is being offered with free maintenance for 3 years, Beat comes with 3 years maintenance of just Rs 5,999, besides an assured gift voucher of Rs 1,000 and a daily draw of 32 inches LCD television for the winner. About 60 LCDs would be distributed during the festival season in the state besides slashing of prices of various models during the two month period.
GMI produces the Captiva, Optra, Cruze, Aveo, Aveo U-VA, Spark, Beat and Tavera in India from its manufacturing facilities in Halol in Gujarat and in Talegaon.