General Motors has restarted the production of its Tavera sport-utility vehicles in India after receiving regulatory approvals, according to a company executive.
The Chevrolet Tavera is a compact model produced in Indonesia by Japanese automaker Isuzu Motors until 2007 and in India by American automaker General Motors, to be sold in ASEAN and Indian markets. It uses the platform of the Isuzu Panther, a diesel-powered SUV sold in Indonesia. In other markets it is known as the Isuzu AUV, HiLander or Crosswind.
Recently, because of Chevrolet’s marketing of their Indian lineup as “an Indian revolution” (similar to their US marketing campaign), the Tavera is now sold as two models. The original Tavera is still being sold; however more upmarket models in India are now sold as the “Tavera Neo 2″. In September the Indian Tavera got a face-lift. The facelift included the front grille and revised interiors.
“GM India has already received BS III 7,8,9 and 10 seaters type approvals and production has also started,” said GM India Vice President P. Balendran. “BS IV approval is under process and approval is expected anytime now and will start production soon.”
In July, GM recalled 114,000 Tavera vehicles, citing issues relating to emission standards and other regulatory specifications. It had earlier halted production and sale of the Tavera BS III and Tavera BS IV models.
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