Chevrolet India has commenced the exports of Beat hatchback to Argentina. The shipment will leave for Argentina next month. Argentina will be the sixth major export market for the company as it already exports the left hand drive Beat to Mexico, Chile, Peru, Central American and Caribbean Countries (CAC), and Uruguay. The American automaker has decided to make the Talegaon production facility a global export hub, with around 30 percent of its annual production planned for markets outside India.
"In keeping with our commitment to the Make in India program, we are proud to celebrate the roll-out of the first vehicle for Argentina. 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 GM India President and Managing Director Kaher Kazem.
Chevrolet Beat is produced at GM India’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Talegaon, Maharashtra, which has a base capacity of 130,000 vehicles. The company began vehicle exports from India to Chile in September 2014. The Beat, badged the Spark outside India, is available in more than 70 markets worldwide and has sold over 1 million units. “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.