General Motors India has two plants in Halol, Gujarat and Talegaon Dabhade, Maharastra, with a combined capacity of 2.82 lakh units per -annum. It is Talegaon plant that the company expects to use for exports with up to 18-20% of their production or 30,000 to 33,000 units of Beat making their way to export markets. Exports out of India which will commence later this year is an attractive proposition considering India has a skilled workforce, a strong supplier base and efficient engineering skills.
To date, GM India has been exporting cars to both Nepal and Bangladesh, though in a limited way. The company is also keen to step up strong domestic presence due to which they need to increase levels of localization as concentrating heavily on exports will put the company exposed to foreign exchange fluctuations.
In India, the Chevrolet Beat runs on petrol, diesel and LPG. The petrol and LPG variant is powered by a 1.2 liter four cylinder, in line DOHC SMARTECH II engine producing 80.5 PS peak power and 108 Nm torque. Beat diesel receives a 1.0 liter XSDE SMARTECH engine offering 58.5 PS power and 150 Nm torque claiming fuel efficiency of 25.44 kmpl. The 2015 Chevrolet Beat is slated for launch in India by early 2015.
Source Economic Times