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19 November 2010

GM to launch 5 new cars in India

General's getting ready for an invasion. They're sharpening their tools for five new cars in the next two years

Sriram Narayanan
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A second wind can do everybody a lot of good. GM seems to be on one. With the merging of GM and SAIC, China, GM has major plans for India.

Saving the best for last, let’s first tell you GM will be entering the Light Commercial Vehicle segment with a Pick-Up and a van all having Chevy’s bow-tie up front.

Then there’s a LPG-powered Beat coming your way in January, which will soon be followed by a 1-litre diesel engine. Also on the cards is a smaller, 800cc 3-cylinder version of the Spark, and the Tavera will go through a face-lift and an engine upgrade to meet BS 4 norms.

However, what you’d need to brace yourself for would be this new SUV very soon in 2011. While GM aren’t revealing the pricing or segmentation plan for this SUV, they did let out that there’s a big gap between budget SUVs like the Scorpio and Safari and premium SUVs like the Maruti Vitara and the Ford Endeavour. So expect something in the Rs 9-13 lakh segment, which also ensures it doesn’t bother the Captiva.

By 2012, GM will be introducing a hatch and a notchback. The hatch will compete against the likes of the Swift, Figo and the Polo, and the notchback will be a booted variant. Keep your fingers crossed. And hope this is the new Aveo.

Tags: spark, general motors, gm, beat