GM abandons small car project in India

General Motors has abandoned their plans to launch a small car under the Spark in India that was planned to take on Tata Motors’ ‘Nano’.

“It (small car) was under discussion when the Rs. 1 lakh car (Nano) came in. We have reached a decision point that it is not right for us,” General Motors India (GMI) President and MD Mr Karl Slym said. The small car was looked to be positioned below the company’s existing entry level compact car ‘Spark’, he added. “We did have a plan (to launch a smaller car than Spark), but no longer now. We have shelved the plans to get into that segment,” Mr Slym said.

Mr Slym said when the ‘Nano’ came, there was much talk about the Rs 1-lakh price but it is no longer the case as the price has already gone up.

Chevrolet india will not launch a small car under the Spark which comes with a 1,000cc engine in both petrol and LPG options and is priced between Rs. 3.01 lakh and Rs. 4.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

So what could be the small car then??

We are speculating Chevrolet India will be launching the Spark 800cc. Expect the car to start at around 2.3 lakhs, which is very close to rival Maruti Alto. The Spark 800cc will be offered in a different variants and hopefully in CNG and LPG fuel options.

Source: HBL

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