GM India to focus on exports, recalls Chevrolet Enjoy
General Motors India, manufacturers and sellers of the Chevrolet brand of cars, SUVs and MPVs in India are keen to expand their export operations from the country. Commencing this year, GM who are currently exporting to Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be expanding markets which could include South-East Asia, Gulf, South Africa and Europe.
General Motors India Limited is keen to utilize idle capacity at their plant in Talegaon, Maharashtra. Till date, the company was only concentrating on export of auto components and only a limited number of cars. The Talegaon plant produces a total of 1,60,000 units per annum which is under 40% utilization, reveals Economic Times.
Chevrolet Beat hatchback along with Sail hatchback and sedan are produced from this plant. Sail sedan and hatchback were only introduced last year while Beat sales which reached a total of 50,628 units in 2012 experienced a drastic drop to just 39,041 units in the last year. The company’s Halol plant is from where 1,10,000 units of Tavera, Enjoy and Spark are manufactured.
GM is yet to decide on actual export markets as well as which models and how many cars will be exported. These decisions will be finalized by the end of this fiscal with the next fiscal starting off on a more positive note where exports are concerned and taking advantage of India’s skilled labor force, well organized supplier base and efficient engineering skills.
Apart from this, GM India has also recalled their Enjoy MPV over faulty air filter, reveals Team-BHP. Chevrolet will replace the faulty parts free of cost. They will also replace the engine oil and engine filter along with the air filter. It was noticed that the air filter was not working to capacity and was the cause of drawing dust to the engine. This made the engine noisier and less efficient.