The U.S auto giant, Chevrolet, has just achieved the milestone of selling 1 million units of the Chevrolet Beat, globally. Known as the Chevrolet Spark globally, the hatchback is sold under the name, Beat in India and produced at the GM's Talegaon and Halol facility. Chevrolet is a subsidiary of the General Motors worldwide, and they recently sent the first export lot of the Beat produced in India, to Chile.
The Beat is available in both the Petrol and Diesel options and is the smallest capacity offering from the company. Launched in the late 2009, the India unit has contributed to a sale of 1,80,000 units from the 1 million units globally. That's almost 18% of the total sales figure and that's why India is such a huge market for the Chevrolet. The Chevrolet Beat is sold in 71 markets worldwide, with the South Korea and United States, giving the maximum sales.
“Our small segment vehicles attract more new car buyers to Chevrolet than any other vehicles in the lineup, with more than 60 percent of buyers never owning a Chevy before,” said Alan Batey, executive VP, Chevrolet Global.
Powered by the 1192cc 4 cylinder 16 valve engine, the petrol version produces a power of 79.4 BHP @ 6200 rpm and a maximum torque of 108Nm @ 4400rpm. The engine is mated with a 5 speed manual transmission. As for the Diesel variant, the unit is a 936cc 3 cylinder in-line TCIC 1.0 XSDE diesel engine that can generate a maximum power and torque output of 57.1 PS at 4000 rpm and 142.5 Nm at 1750 rpm respectively. This engine is strapped to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox.
Chevrolet Beat is directly pitted against the Maruti Wagon-R, Tata Indica, Hyundai Eon and many more entry level hatchbacks.