In order to make its multi-purpose vehicle Tavera BSIV compliant, General Motors is planning to source engines from the Sonalika Group. A formal announcement pertaining to the sourcing Bharat Stage IV compliant engines from Sonalika is likely to happen this week.
According to reliable sources, GM India has finalised the deal and will sign the agreement within the next few days.
“GM India has finalised to source BS IV engines for one of its best sellers Tavera from Sonalika, which has already upgraded its own utility vehicle Rhino to the new emission norms,” a source said.
General Motors India Vice President P. Balendran said, “We are in discussion with 3-4 vendors for sourcing Tavera’s engine. As soon as anything gets finalised, we will announce.” Sonalika Group chairman L D Mittal declined to comment.
The sources revealed that GM India is currently testing the engines with Tavera. In April, GM India had to stop selling Chevrolet Tavera in 13 cities, including Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore, due to the new BS IV emission norms.
The company had earlier announced to phase out the vehicle. It, however, has not witnessed any major change in Tavera’s sales since April. The vehicle has been maintaining sales of about 1,500-1,600 units a month, indicating that dispatches in other locations have increased.