The Indian unit of US automaker General Motors has just announced it is ready to start vehicle exports, with the left-hand-drive version of the Chevrolet Beat hatchback ready to start Chile sales in the first quarter of 2015.
When it comes to recent sales results, India has underachieved, which means the two production facilities General Motors has in the country have been severely underutilized – with less then a third of the installed 282,000 cars production total.
Now, the division announced that the Talegaon plant, located in western India, would begin the assembly process of the left-hand-drive Beat for export to Chile somewhere in the second half of the year.
Global automaker, which rushed to join India’s now fading sales rush with local manufacturing capabilities have now changed their strategy and want to use the installed production capacities to transform the country into a major export hub – with the low-cost manufacturing factories as the prime advantage.
On the local market, according to data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, GM has managed to obtain in the last fiscal year a market share of 3.2%, with sales close to 81,000 units.