Mr. Lowell Paddock, President & Managing Director, General Motors India, has been part of GM since 1992, and over the years has used his expert skills to guide GM India to great success. He recently sat down for an interview with Aprit Mahendra from Auto Tech Review Magazine to discuss all things Chevrolet, the SAIL Sedan and the recently launched Enjoy.
Here are some of his thoughts on various topics:
On technical capabilities of the technical centre: â€œThey work on various areas such as powertrain design, interior trim design and supporting our manufacturing engineering activities all around General Motors International Operations (GMIO)… They also support markets outside India.â€
On new vehicle programs and product strategy: â€œOur product portfolio in India consists of three major pillars. One is a completely local product that makes sense only in the Indian marketâ€¦ The next sets of vehicles are global programmes, which consist of vehicles such as the Cruze, Beat and Spark in the portfolioâ€¦ The third are our partner programmes like the SAIL and Enjoy.â€
On Talegaon powertrain facility: â€œThe facility is Indiaâ€™s first to have a flexible line, which can produce petrol and diesel engines at the same timeâ€¦ Given the frequent oscillations in the market in the past 18 months or so, the flexible nature of the plant has been a great asset to us.â€
On plans to make technology cost effective in India: â€œWeâ€™re already working on vehicle lightweighting, improving engine technology, cost effective add-ons such as start/stop and other things that can be done to reduce friction.â€
Mr. Paddock had a lot to speak about and shared his knowledge on various other topics as well. You can read the entirety of this insightful interview in Auto Tech Review Magazine. Or you can click on the link provided.