General Motors India plans to launch five new models over the course of the next 18 months, according to a top company official. One of the five models will be an LCV, or Light Commercial Vehicle, a category that has become very popular as a means of commercial transportation in countries with developing economies.
“In the next 18 months, we plan to introduce five new products. The models will be a hatchback, sedan, an utility vehicle, a van and Euro-IV version of (SUV) Tavera,” GM India Vice-President P Balendran told reporters back in July of 2011.
In fact, GM India is on a vast expansion plan at both of its plants in the country — Halol in Gujarat and Talegaon in Maharashtra. The General has invested $1 billion (about Rs 5,000 crore) to date.
The LCV will be produced at the Halol plant, joining the Spark, Aveo hatch and sedan, both of which are the last-generation Daewoo-designed model, Optra sedan (aka Daewoo Lacetti), the Tavera Neo 3, and the Captiva crossover. The LCV will also be the first light commercial vehicle from GM and would compete with existing offerings from Tata Motors, Mahindra and from Ashok Leyland-Nissan.
The GM Authority Take
The five new models may be new for the India domestic market, but — except for the LCV — are nothing we haven’t seen already. If we were to take a stab at guessing what the new offerings are, we’d say they include the Sail hatch, Sail sedan, Sail MPV, and the updated Tavera. So while this may be news to car buyers in India, it’s a non-starter to us.
We do, however, wonder if the recently-discovered Chevy Spin will make its way over to India as well.