General Motors India today rolled out the first vehicle, Chevrolet Beat meant for export to Argentina. With this, Argentina will be the sixth major export market for General Motors India. GM India already exports the left hand drive Beat to countries including Mexico, Chile, Peru, Central American and Caribbean Countries (CAC), Uruguay and now Argentina. The first shipment will leave for Argentina next month.
GM’s Beat recorded the highest growth for any passenger vehicle exported from India and became the sixth most exported passenger vehicle out of India during financial year 2015-16, with a total of 37,082 units.
“The new export market is a testimony to our commitment to provide the highest quality standards to global customers from the Talegaon plant. Whether it’s in India or anywhere else in the world, General Motors follows the highest quality standards in its manufacturing processes providing same high quality vehicles that customers in India and around the world expect and deserve,” said Kaher Kazem, president and managing director, GM India.
The Beat, badged the Spark outside India, is available in more than 70 markets worldwide and has sold over one million units.
The Beat is being produced at GM India’s manufacturing facility in Talegaon, near Pune which has a base capacity of manufacturing 130,000 vehicles every year. GM India began vehicle exports from India to Chile in September 2014.
“In 2016, we plan to export over 50,000 vehicles, compared with 21,000 vehicles last calendar year, reinforcing our commitment to the Indian market and our strong local supplier base. This is part of GM’s strategy to make India an export hub for global markets and will help increase capacity utilization at our Talegaon plant. We expect to identify additional export markets going forward,” Kazem added.
The Talegaon facility exports around 30% of its annual production planned for overseas markets.