Update: Chevrolet Sail sedan with petrol and diesel option launch in India later today
GM India will be launching their all new Chevrolet Sail sedan India later today. Once launched, Sail sedan will compete in the segment where the leader is Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire.
GMIPL, General Motors India Pvt. Ltd. is a completely owned subsidiary of US headquartered, General Motors. GM India has experienced decline in car sales for 2012. Their Dec 2011 sales for India stood at 8,993 units, whereas, their sales for Dec 2012 declined to 7,048 units. This¬†in spite¬†the fact that the Indian auto industry has managed to move forward with a positive sales growth for 2012.
The 2013 Chevrolet Sail sedan petrol 1.2 costs Rs 4,99,000, 2013 Chevrolet Sail sedan petrol 1.2 LS comes for a price of Rs 5,49,300, 2013 Chevrolet Sail sedan petrol 1.2 LS ABS costs Rs. 5,70,300, and 2013 Chevrolet Sail sedan petrol 1.2 LT ABS costs Rs 6,41,550. Launch price of ¬†2013 Chevrolet Sail diesel sedan 1.3 is Rs 6,29,000.¬†2013 Chevrolet Sail diesel sedan 1.3 LS comes for a price of Rs 6,59,300, and price of¬†2013 Chevrolet Sail diesel sedan 1.3 LS ABS is Rs 6,80,300. The¬†2013 Chevrolet Sail diesel sedan 1.3 LT ABS is available at a price of Rs 7,51,550. All prices are ex showroom Delhi.
In order to increase their car sales, GM India will be launching new cars for India. The first of this lot is the Sail U-VA hatchback, which was launched last year in November, with a starting price of INR 4.44 lakhs. The second, is the launch of Sail sedan, later today. After Sail sedan, GM India will launch the Enjoy MPV in the coming months.¬†If you look closely, GM India is launching cars in the segment which is experiencing huge demand. All three new cars from GM India will compete with Maruti Suzuki cars – Swift, DZire and Ertiga, respectively. ¬†All three of these are are the leaders in their segment with combined average monthly sales at 35,000 units in the domestic market.
GM India has¬†two plants in India, one in Halol, Gujarat and the other in Talegaon, Maharashtra. Talegaon has two plants, one for manufacturing engines and the other for manufacturing cars. Halol plant has annual capacity of 85,000 units whereas Talegaon facility’s¬†combined annual output stands at 225,000 units currently. Both Talegaon plants have the provision to increase capacity. Work is in progress to increase capacity at Talegaon. By the end of second phase, Talegaon will produce 300,000 units of cars and 300,000 units of engines annually.
GM India’s¬†Chevrolet Sales India Private Limited, was once the fifth largest car maker in India, but today, they have slipped to the sixth spot, after, Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Mahindra, Tata and Toyota. With the launch of new Chevrolet cars, GM India plans to move up the ladder. More details on their future plans for India, along with the price and photos of the new Sail sedan, will be coming up this afternoon from the launch floor. Stay tuned.