General Motors India kicked off what it hopes will become a steady stream of exported cars assembled there, saying bon voyage to its first shipment of Chevrolet Beat city cars.
140 units of the small hatchbacks were loaded up on September 25th and are due to arrive in Chile in a few weeks. GM India President and Managing Director Arvind Saxena is quoted in a release as having said: “The first shipment of Chevrolet Beats demonstrates our commitment to make our India-built products available in global markets.”
Named Spark everywhere else around the world, the Chevrolet Beat was introduced in 2010, and is built and sold in a variety of other global markets. It is the best-selling models at GM India.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra recently made the trip out to the Talegaon manufacturing facility — where the Beat is manufactured — to participate in the roll-out of the first Beat made for export, on September 10th.
The initial shipment of Beats/Sparks destined for Chile is only the beginning, as General Motors India has said that it plans to identify more potential markets in the future.