General Motors has decided to quit Indian operations and won’t launch any more new cars. Export of cars from India will still continue though.
The rumours have been going around for quite some time of GM shutting shop and exiting Indian operations. And finally its been confirmed, after having dismal sales for a while and getting no traction in the Indian automobile market, Chevrolet has decided to end sales.
After a dismal 2016-17 fiscal year where GM only managed to shift 25,823 units, things really took a turn for the worst. The market share dropped below 1 % after the company announced that it would achieve a sales target of 3% by 2020. Exports from GM India though are on an upward spiral from 37,052 units in 2015-16 to 70,969 units in FY 16-17. So that’s why Chevrolet is still keeping the export business open and the reason for not shutting down the Talegaon plant.
“Chevrolet customers can rest assured the customer support center will remain open and all warranties and service agreements as well as ongoing service and parts requirements for all vehicles will continue to be honoured.”
With Chevrolet ending sales in India, the existing customers won’t be left stranded. After sales and services will continue supporting the owners with spare parts. The 24/7 contact centre and roadside assistance support will also be present. Existing vehicle warranties will be honoured but no fresh warranties will be issued anymore.
So this means the new face lifted Beat and the compact sedan based on it the Essentia won’t be making it to Indian roads. Left hand drive versions of the above mentioned cars will continue to be made at Talegaon so they can be exported to markets in Mexico and Central and South American markets.
Chevrolet shutting shop will result in many jobs lost and a blow to the ‘Make in India’ campaign. Well it’s a small blow but there are lots of manufacturers coming from other fields to make in India.
Too lazy to type anything, so re quoting from the best F1 driver in the world:
“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
― Ayrton Senna