Friday, May 19, 2017
By Kamal Swami
General Motors to Shut Chevrolet Cars in India by the End of 2017
General Motors, one of the biggest auto manufacturer in the world began its journey in the Indian car market in 1996 and availed a number of vehicles to the car lovers. But, now the company has decided to stop the selling of Chevrolet cars in India by the end of this year due to not a good pickup in sells during the fiscal year 2016 – 17. With the sell of just 25823 units, share of the brand has dropped below 1% in Indian market.
Stefan Jecoby, Chief of General Motors (international) announced, “we are not giving up benefits India offers as a local cost manufacturing hub with an excellent supplier base which is extremely competitive.” It's time when Chevrolet cars say farewell to Indian car lovers but it is not a complete exit plan from India. GM has promised that they will still provide the parts and services to the Chevrolet cars' customers in India.
At the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi, the company was showcased the new generation Chevrolet Beat and the compact sedan Beat Essentia, but now it looks that the company will not proceed with that plan in India. During its 21 year journey, GM provided many Chevrolet cars and many of them got a great response from its lovers.
Chevrolet Tavera: General Motors got the biggest success in India with the launch of Chevrolet Tavera and still the car is in demand due to the balance between the power and space.
Chevrolet Beat: In the hatchback, the Beat played well in the Indian car market. The car runs on 2.5L diesel powertrain, which delivers the power of 78bhp and peak torque of 176Nm. Also, it has another 2.0L diesel engine which produces the 78hbp of power. Along with these cars, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Sail, Spark hatchback, Cruze sedan, Captiva, Enjoy, Optra and others are the vehicles, which are launched in India during its journey, which will now get the spare parts and services from the General Motors.