In the latest move by General Motors to create India as an export hub, GM announced that it has commenced vehicle exports to Chile. The first lot of 140 left-hand-drive Chevrolet Beats left on 25th September, 2014 from the Mumbai Port Trust of Maharashtra and are expected to reach Chile in the next few weeks.
The Beat is manufactured at the General Motors manufacturing facility in Talegaon, Maharashtra. The plant has an annual capacity of 170,000 vehicles and 160,000 engines. General Motors' CEO, Mary Barra recently visited India to participate in the rollout of the first Beat for export, on 10th September, 2014.
Speaking on the occasion, Arvind Saxena, President and Managing Director, GM India, said, "The first shipment of Chevrolet Beats demonstrates our commitment to make our India-built products available in global markets. We will continue to ship models to Chile on a monthly basis." He added,"We expect to identify additional export markets going forward. This will help drive capacity utilization at our Talegaon plant."
General Motors displayed the updated version of the Chevrolet Beat at the Auto Expo held in New Delhi, earlier this year. Available with both the petrol and diesel engines, the Beat is GM India's best-selling model.