New Chevrolet Products for General Motors India

By: Zeke Gervis

General Motors, one of the world's largest automaker and producer of OEM parts like is not only experiencing high sales in China but also in India. It can be remembered that for a while GM India's portfolio has been having large gap and what they feel that they need to have it filled. And they thought that small cars may help bring in some volumes. And now after a four months wait they still have not received any of the small cars they desire but they were given two smart superminis namely the Aveo U-VA and the Spark. Luckily, this is not the end for GM India but just the beginning.

The Chevrolet Optra sedan that is petrol powered will get GM-Daewoo Automotive Technologies' (GM-DAT) newly developed 2,000cc TCDI diesel engine. Running on 1600 bar pressure, the four-cylinder common rail diesel will produce 120 bhp of peak power and an astounding 28.6 kgm of potent torque turning the wheels at 2,000 rpm which is much better than the current top of the range, the Skoda Laura.

And also for the first time since the Opel Astra 1.7 turbodiesel, GM India will offer an oil burner in sedan. The Optra has been declining in sales for over the past two years now and was given additional enhancement such as new headlamp, some grille treatment, and a new tail-lamp cluster. The interiors were likewise revised in the hope to make it more appealing to customers.

The new facelift will also enable the Optra to share a lot of parts with the SR-V hatchback but most importantly it will enable GM to finally create a strong contender to the Skoda Octavia that has been dominating the diesel sedan segment for more years than we can remember. The Optra diesel will be launched as early as the first week of June and will have a price tag ranging from Rs 9 to 10 lakh.

And that's not all! Dueto the success of the SUVs in the Rs 15 to 20 lakh segment in India, Chevrolet will also fly in some of its newest mud-plugger that has been gaining street popularity in Europe. Powered by petrol as well as diesel engines, the good-looking Captiva if it makes it in India will be the only SUV in its segment to offer two different fueled powertrains.

The Captiva has a seating capacity of five to seven people. Its 2,400cc petrol and 2,000cc diesel engines have enough power to keep up with its competitors in this segment. The Captiva produces 141 bhp for petrol and 150 bhp for diesel. It can sprint from 0 to 100 kph in less than 12 seconds and can reach a top speed of 200 kph.

It will also feature the following---ABS, ESP, leather seats, a high-end audio system, 16-inch tires---overall it can be concluded that the Captiva is exactly what customers would want for their SUVs. Another advantage that the Captiva will have over its competitors is in terms of price since it is only around Rs 18 lakh, which is lower, compared to Honda's CR-V with price at Rs 20 lakh. And with products with tag price that range from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 20 lakh it is expected that 2007 might prove to be a good year for General Motors India.

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