First left-hand-drive Chevrolet Beats headed to Chile
NEW DELHI â€“ General Motors India today announced that it has commenced vehicle exports to Chile. The first 140 left-hand-drive Chevrolet Beats were shipped from the Mumbai Port Trust of Maharashtra on Sept. 25. They are expected to reach Chile in the next few weeks.
â€œThe first shipment of Chevrolet Beats demonstrates our commitment to make our India-built products available in global markets,â€ said GM India President and Managing Director Arvind Saxena. â€œWe will continue to ship models to Chile on a monthly basis.â€
The Beat is produced at GM Indiaâ€™s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Talegaon, Maharashtra. â€ŽAvailable with gasoline and diesel engines, the Beat is Indiaâ€™s most fuel-efficient hatchback and GM Indiaâ€™s best-selling model. The city car is also built and sold in many other markets around the world. Since its introduction in India in 2010, the Beat has received several honors, including â€˜Automotive Technology of the yearâ€™ from NDTV Car & Bike for its SMARTECH diesel engine.
Saxena said, â€œWe expect to identify additional export markets going forward. This will help drive capacity utilization at our Talegaon plant.â€
As part of GM CEO Mary Barraâ€™s recent trip to India, she participated in the rollout of the first Beat for export on Sept. 10. The Talegaon manufacturing facility has an annual production capacity of 170,000 vehicles and 160,000 engines.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. The Chevrolet brand was introduced in India in 2003 and is now one of the fastest-growing automotive nameplates in the country. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. The Chevrolet portfolio in India includes the Spark, Beat, Chevrolet SAIL, SAIL Hatchback, Cruze, Tavera, Chevrolet Enjoy and Captiva. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.co.in.