General Motors India has announced
the rollout of the first Chevrolet Beat for export to Mexico. Vehicle shipments
to its second major export market will commence next month from GM India’s
manufacturing facility in Talegaon, Maharashtra. Sales of the mini-car in
Mexico are scheduled to begin in December 2015.
“In keeping with our commitment to the Make in
India programme, we are proud to produce exciting Chevrolet vehicles for the
Mexican market,” said Arvind Saxena, president and managing director of GM
India. “Exports will be an important and ever-growing part of our business.
This is part of GM’s strategy to make India a global export hub,” he added.
The Chevrolet Beat is
available in more than 70 markets around the world, primarily as the Chevrolet
Spark. Chevrolet has sold more than 1 million Sparks and Beats worldwide. GM
India began vehicle exports to Chile from its Talegaon facility in September
2014. It exported approximately 1,000 vehicles last year and is targeting
exports of 19,000 vehicles this year.
“We are looking to identify additional export
markets,” said Saxena, adding that “This will help drive capacity utilization
at our Talegaon facility.”
During her recent visit to India, GM CEO Mary
Barra announced $1 billion in new investment in the market, including exports.
The Talegaon facility, which currently has a production capacity of 130,000
vehicles annually, will increase its base capacity to 220,000 vehicles by 2025.
It will also become a global export hub for GM, with up to 30 percent of its
annual production planned for markets outside India.
Source: GM India