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GM halting Chevrolet Volt production at Detroit-Hamtramck plant

GM halting Chevrolet Volt production at Detroit-Hamtramck plantAccording to a Monday disclosure by plant suppliers and union sources at General Motors' (GM) Chevrolet Volt-manufacturing Michigan assembly plant, the facility will be idled by the automaker for nearly a month, from mid-September to mid-October.

Revealing that the production at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will be suspended from September 17 till October 15, the plant suppliers and union sources said that the 1,500 union workers at the facility had been informed by the UAW leaders about the scheduled production downtime.

GM to build next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in Ohio

GM to build next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in OhioIn a Thursday announcement, General Motors (GM) confirmed that the next-generation model of the company’s Chevrolet Cruze compact car for the North American market will be manufactured, as expected, at its Ohio factories, which build the present version of the vehicle.

For building the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze, which will likely hit the markets by 2014-end, GM and two local United Auto Workers (UAW) unions will make a $200 million investment in its Lordstown, Ohio, plant; and an additional $20 million investment in its Parma, Ohio, plant.

GM releases Cadillac ATS compact sports sedan

GM releases Cadillac ATS compact sports sedanAmerican auto maker, General Motors ahs released its new Cadillac ATS compact sports sedan in Detroit on Sunday.

The company claims that the company has a rear-wheel-drive chassis that is at least 100 pounds lighter than any of it rival models. The company had initiated a weight-reduction program for each section of the car to create a light weight vehicle.

According to GM North America President Mark Reuss, the new Cadillac ATS is not only comparable to models form Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz but is superior to them. The new model will come with three engine choices;

Chevrolet Beat Diesel to Earth on 25th July in India

Chevrolet Beat Diesel to Earth on 25th July in IndiaThe much talked about Chevrolet Beat Diesel is all set to make its way on 25th of this month. Even the authorized dealers have been told to display the vehicle, offer test drives and take advance bookings.

To be priced between Rs 4.30 lakhs to Rs 5.30 lakhs depending on the trim level, the booking amount for the car is Rs. 25,000/- though waiting period could go for at least one month. Powered by a 1 litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, the Chevy Beat diesel is expected to provide mileage of 24 kilometers to the litre.

GM Planning to Launch Two Vehicles in Auto Expo Delhi Next Year

GM Planning to Launch Two Vehicles in Auto Expo Delhi Next YearThe US-based General Motors (GM) announced that they had dissolved the plan to manufacture a car which was at a lower range than its Chevrolet Spark. As per Karl Slym, President and Managing Director, GM India, the company had dropped the project instead the company was looking forward to launch a diesel car which was an alternative of Beat.

GM expects more sales with Beat's diesel version

General MotorsNew Delhi, June 23 : With the upcoming launch of the diesel version of its best seller hatchback car Beat, American automobile major General Motors (GM) expects its sales to soar in the current fiscal.

"With the launch of Beat diesel, our company's sales growth would be double of what the whole market growth is," Karl Slym, president and managing director of General Motors India, told reporters here at the company's showcase event for Beat electric prototype vehicle, which the company is developing as a clean energy car.

General Motors' May sales up 1.3 percent

General MotorsNew Delhi, June 1 : Buoyed by the sale of its compact car segment, global automotive major General Motors' Indian subsidiary Wednesday reported an increase of 1.3 percent in sales for the month of May at 8,329 units as compared to
8,225 units in the like period of 2010.

The growth in the company's sales comes a month after it reported a drop of 5.19 percent in sales for April at 10,050 as against the same month last year.

The company said that the growth was due to interest rate and fuel price hike, coupled with general inflation trend.

Chevrolet is likely to hike prices

Chevrolet is likely to hike pricesAiming to meet ever increasing prices of raw materials, India subsidiary of carmaker General Motors is expected to increase price of its few models in India. If it happens, this is second time in a row in this year, that carmaker will increase prices.

Detroit based leading carmaker is concerned about increasing manufacturing cost and plans to pass on the burden to consumers.

GM India to launch six new models in two years

 GM India to launch six new models in two yearsHyderabad, Feb 12 - General Motors (GM) India plans to launch six new models with 14 fuel variants in the next two years, a top company official said here Saturday.

The new models will include diesel-powered Chevrolet Beat, which is set to be launched in June this year, a new Captiva and BS-IV version of the Tavera.

"We plan to roll out a series of new products in the next 24 months," P. Balendran, vice president of GM India, said at a press conference to mark the launch of Chevrolet Beat LPG and SMARTECH engine.

General Motors to introduce entry level sports car Camaro in India

GM-CamaroGeneral Motors is all set to launch its entry level sports car Camaro in the Indian automobile market. President Tim Lee of GM international operations said that company is planning to introduce a right-hand drive for the two-door car which can be positioned below the Chevrolet Spark, to derive high volumes in the auto market of India.

He believed that in future it will become the second fastest growing auto market in the world.

Chevrolet EV to roll out by mid 2011

Chevrolet-EVGeneral Motors is setting up to bring in an electric car brand in India in the coming year. The group has reported a Year-on-Year development of 76 percent and is fairly hopeful regarding Indian market. The latest car model will be cost-effectively priced separately from being mileage- competent.

GM India to shell out Rs.1,138 crore

GM India to shell out Rs.1,138 croreIn recent news it has been decided by the General Motors India Pvt. Ltd that it will spend approximately $250 million to make bigger its industrial unit at Halol, 46km from Vadodara in Gujarat state, to create five models it campaigns to bring in the nation.

According to president and managing director Karl Slym, they wish to commence production of five fresh vehicles by the conclusion of next year. The latest vehicles are selected from the collection of the Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd and comprises of three passenger cars and two light commercial vehicles.

GM India bags National Safety Award

GM India bags National Safety AwardOne of the leading players in the Indian automobile circuit, General Motors India has recently bagged the prestigious National Safety Award in the Motor Vehicles category. It is to be mentioned here that the company won this accolade two years in a row and the Halol unit of the company has been selected under the best safety systems category.

It may be noted here that the award in the country is presented by the Directorate General of the Factory Advice Service & Labour Institute.

Beat’s diesel engine to be produced from November

GMWhile the company has recently said that its plan is to launch the diesel variant of its hatchback Beat very soon in the Indian market, but it has been learned that the company will be looking at producing the engine for the model by November from its Talegaon unit.

It is to be mentioned here that General Motors India announced a few days back that their engine plant at Talegaon will become operational by November this year. There is no denying the fact that the company had invested big money on this plant & is confident that it will further strengthen their foothold in the Indian Market.

GM_SAIC developing technology together

Tom StephensUnder a major event that happened in the global automobile industry, US auto giant General Motors and China's Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp signed a deal under which the two giants will be developing technology jointly.

While the agreement is for the technology of engines and transmissions, it may be noted here that the, chairman of china's leading automaker by sales, SAIC Motor, Hu Maoyuan said that the deal is one the biggest milestones that would see two companies share key intellectual property.

Diesel Beat to debut soon

BeatIt has been just a matter of few months that General Motors launched the hatchback Beat in the Indian market but the overwhelming response of the product has persuaded the company to launch the diesel variant of the product as well.

General Motors India Vice-President P Balendran said that the company is planning to launch the diesel variant of the Beat very soon in the Indian market. It is to be mentioned here that the company as of date produces the Captiva, Optra, Cruze, Aveo, Aveo U-VA, Spark, Beat and Tavera in the country from its manufacturing facilities in Halol in Gujarat and in Talegaon Maharashtra.

GM to come with BSIV version of Tavera in 2011

GM to come with BSIV version of Tavera in 2011As per a high ranking official of the General Motors India, the automaker is going to come out with the BS IV version of Tavera in India by 2011.

Talking to media, General Motors India Managing Director Karl Slym said that they have concluded the agreement with International Cars and Motors Ltd (ICML) and because of this they will soon be able to roll out the BS IV version.

GM to source engines from Sonalika for Tavera

GM to source engines from Sonalika for TaveraIt has been learned from the sources that the Indian subsidiary of the American auto major, General Motors is planning to source engines from the Sonalika Group for its multi-purpose vehicle Tavera.

While the move comes in the wake of meeting the improved emission norms in the country, it is believed that a formal announcement regarding the sourcing of Bharat Stage IV compliant engines from Sonalika is likely to be done within this week.

GM India grows by 45%

General-MotorsAs the company has been able to gain steady ground in the Indian market, General Motors India has registered an impressive growth of 45% in sales in July 2010 as compared to the corresponding period last year.

It is to be mentioned here that out of the total sales reported by the company, the July 2010 sales comprised 2244 units of the Chevrolet Spark, 1722 units of Chevrolet Beat, 1546 units of the Chevrolet Tavera, 639 units of the Chevrolet Cruze, 375 Units of Chevrolet Aveo, 240 units of Chevrolet Aveo U-VA, 225 units of the Chevrolet Captiva and 133 units of Chevrolet Optra.

GM India raising funds

General-MotorsIn a recent move to expand its presence in the Indian market, GM India has announced that the company has raised a Rs 1,000 crore loan from a consortium of Indian banks to part-fund a USD 250 million (nearly Rs 1,160 crore) investment. It is believed that the moment will go into its plans of launching five vehicles from the stable of its Chinese partner, SAIC, by 2012.

The General Motors India President and Managing Director Karl Slym said that the company will be launching five vehicles from SAIC in India.

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