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. 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 awards such as 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.
Arvind Saxena, the President and Managing Director of General Motors India commented, “The start of Beat exports underlines GM’s commitment to India and demonstrates the quality of the country’s growing supplier base. The exports will create more employment opportunities within GM India and the supplier community while helping improve capacity utilization at the Talegaon Plant.”