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In 2013-14, sales at the local arm of the US automaker dropped 8% to 80,890 units, compared with 88,150 units a year ago. Photo: Bloomberg
In 2013-14, sales at the local arm of the US automaker dropped 8% to 80,890 units, compared with 88,150 units a year ago. Photo: Bloomberg

General Motors to commence exports from India

The first export model will be the left-hand-drive version of the Chevrolet Beat, the small city car that sells in many markets around the world

Mumbai: General Motors India Pvt. Ltd will begin production of export vehicles from its Talegaon plant near Pune in the second half of 2014, with sales starting in Chile in the first quarter of 2015, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

The first export model will be the left-hand-drive version of the Chevrolet Beat, the small city car that sells in many markets around the world.

GM India’s plans to commence exports come amid falling sales in the domestic market. In 2013-14, sales at the local arm of the US auto maker dropped 8% to 80,890 units, compared with 88,150 units a year ago.

“The start of Beat exports underlines GM’s commitment to India and demonstrates the quality of the country’s growing supplier base," said GM India president and managing director Arvind Saxena. “The exports will create more employment opportunities within GM India and the supplier community while helping improve capacity utilisation at the Talegaon plant."

Beat is available with petrol and diesel engines, and GM has been selling the car since 2010.

GM was one of the few global car makers that was using its India plant to address only the domestic market. Others, including Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd, Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd and Ford India Pvt. Ltd, export to other markets from India.

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