General Motors India today announced that it has commenced vehicle exports to Chile. The first 140 left-hand-drive Chevrolet Beats were shipped from the Mumbai Port Trust of Maharashtra on Sept. 25. They are expected to reach Chile in the next few weeks. The Beat is produced at GM India’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Talegaon, Maharashtra. Available with gasoline and diesel engines, it is India’s most fuel-efficient hatchback and GM India’s best-selling model. The city car is also built and sold in many other markets around the world.
As part of GM CEO Mary Barra’s recent trip to India, she participated in the rollout of the first Beat for export on Sept. 10. The Talegaon manufacturing facility has an annual production capacity of 170,000 vehicles and 160,000 engines.
GM India President and Managing Director Arvind Saxena 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 and expect to identify additional export markets going forward, which will help drive capacity utilization at our Talegaon plant.”