The first consignment of Chevrolet Beat LHD variants are being shipped to Mexico. Produced from company’s facility in Talegaon near Pune, the models are being exported from Mumbai Port Trust and will be reaching Mexico in the next two months with sales slated for December.
Chevrolet Beat exports are part of the company’s plan for its ‘Make in India’ initiative. Exports of the company’s locally made cars commenced in September 2014, while the company’s first market was Chile.
Chevrolet Beat, launched in 2009, is badged as Chevrolet Spark in markets outside the country. It is produced in Talegaon plant which has annual capacity of 130,000 units while GM has seen total sales of 1 million units to date. Where exports are concerned, GM plans to export around 20,000 units annually, up from 1,000 units exported last year while annual export figures will be gradually increased to 50,000 units. Augmentation of capacities at the GM Talegaon plant are also on the cards with capacities in 2025 to touch 2,20,000 units per annum.
During recent visit of Mary Barra, GM CEO to India, the plan for fresh investment of $1 billion was announced while the company confirms making India the global hub for GM with 30 percent of annual production being set apart for exports.
“In keeping with our commitment to the Make in India program, we are proud to celebrate the first shipment of Chevrolet Beats to Mexico, GM India’s second major export market,” said GM India President and Managing Director Arvind Saxena.
GM India now looks forward to launch the new Trailblazer in India. Set to be launched in India this month, you can read more on the Trailblazer SUV here.