Chevrolet Beat Hatchback Scores Zero Star At Latin NCAP Test
After all the controversy surrounding the crash test results of the Indian cars last year what it looks like nothing has changed actually. Only yesterday we reported about both the cars and how they scored at the Global NCAP crash tests. Now the Chevrolet Beat which is one of the popular hatchbacks from GM motors was tested at the Latin NCAP test facility and the results were equally shocking as well.
The made in India Chevrolet Beat which is sold under the name of Spark GT in the Latin American market scored zero stars for adult and child occupant protection. The Spark GT is a popular model in the markets of Mexico and Colombia.
Alejandro Furas, Latin NCAP Secretary General said that this is definitely another big disappointment from General Motors especially for the model which definitely has potential to offer the highest level of protection. The basic version which was tested by Euro NCAP in 2009 was equipped with 6 airbags in total and thus it scored an impressive 4 stars. Now compared to that this is almost unacceptable, while the European variant is offered with 6 airbags the Latin American version which is priced almost the same gets no airbags at all.
While in regards to child occupancy, the Latin NCAP was surprised that the child restraint system was faced forward by General Motors for a child belonging to age group of 18 months. The global tendency however is to keep the child restraint faced rearward as much as possible. Thus this is also definitely not expected from General Motors.
Chevrolet Essentia Sub-Compact Sedan Launching In 2017 Few Things You Need To Know
Chevrolet quite honestly has not been able to do wonders in the Indian market recently although their stall at the 2016 Auto Expo attracted lots of attention because of some of their promising future product lineup. The two products which definitely attracted all the attention was the Beat Essentia which is actually the sub-compact sedan based on the new generation Beat hatchback and the other was the Beat Active concept which was a Crossover based on the new generation Beat hatchback.
Now although there is still some time for the launch of new generation Beat hatchback in India but according to the recent report Chevrolet is actually planning to introduce the Beat Essentia sub-compact sedan in the Indian market next year.
Beat Essentia will definitely help Chevrolet with some volumes because this car will compete in one of the most competitive and growing market segments of India. We already have some interesting cars in this segment from Maruti, Hyundai and Ford while Tata will too enter this segment soon with their new compact sedan.
GM will be building parts of the Essentia locally which will help them to keep the prices down. According to the reports GM will be sourcing atleast 80 percent of the parts which will be used to manufacture the car.
Click past jump to know some more essential details about the Chevrolet Beat Essentia sub-compact sedan
5 Great Hatchbacks of All Time in India
Indian customers are known for their love for compact small vehicles. The hatchbacks are naturally the most popular and most affordable cars in Indian market. They are easy to drive, easy to buy and easy to park. The hatchbacks are pretty much fuel efficient as well. Considering all the factors Indian customers more or often choose to buy a hatchback.
Almost every other auto manufacturer present in Indian market has at least one hatchback in their lineup. In recent times the hatchbacks are not just a small vehicle to transport. All the automakers are offering unique features with their hatchbacks.
Here we have selected five greatest compact hatchbacks which available in India. These hatchbacks have been at the peak of popularity for quite long time. Maruti-Suzuki has the largest fleet of hatchbacks in the country. This is also the largest brand in terms of sales and popularity in the country. Here in our list too, the Indo Japanese brand retains its majority.
The best cars to drive in India’s city traffic
Indian roads are notoriously congested, and at times the driving or riding in the Indian cities becomes nightmares for the vehicle owners. And now with every single day passing the volume of traffic on the Indian roads are increasing rapidly, which is leading to more traffic jams, late entry to office and many other troubles as well. People who dreams of large luxurious cars, finally end up getting nightmares as commuting in city with larger cars are pretty much taxing.
Now to get rid of that problem you can opt for either public transport system, which is economic but very tiring on other hand, or you can avail a small car which can take you to your destination without much hassle. Here come the 7 ideal cars for better city commuting in India.
Three interesting upcoming crossovers based on hatchbacks in India
The compact hatchbacks are certainly a very popular and widely selling segment in Indian market, which is now seeing a new trend. Several automakers are introducing the crossovers based on popular hatchbacks. At the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year automakers like Chevrolet, Tata Motors and Volkswagen showcased new crossover based on the hatchbacks like Beat, Tiago and the Polo respectively.
All these three hatchback based crossovers are set to launch in the country in a few months. While the Volkswagen Cross Polo has been in the Indian market since quite a few years ago, the Chevrolet Beat Activ and the Tata Tiago Aktiv will be all new fresh models to be introduced in the Indian market.
Let’s take a close look at these three hatchback based crossovers, which marks the segment as soft roaders.
Chevrolet Beat Activ: From Concept to Reality
Chevrolet is all set to launch the Beat Activ soft roader in India later this year, which was first showcased as a concept model at 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, and the image of the production variant has been officially unveiled few days ago. The new generation Beat based soft roader Beat Activ is a stylish and compact hatchback with a crossover guise.
Beat Activ is among the five products, which Chevrolet plans to launch soon in the country, and it is among the three Beat based products alongside the new regular Chevy Beat and the Beat Essentia compact sedan. Here we will take a look at both the concept and the production model of Chevrolet Beat Activ.
Let’s see what has changed into the production model and the bits and facts about the upcoming soft roader based on Chevrolet Beat.
2016 Chevrolet Beat
Given the fact the compact hatchback is the most popular and competed segment in Indian market the Chevrolet Beat is a pretty popular model. The Chevrolet Beat is a hatchback with compact and stylish appearance. Based on the Spark hatchback the Chevrolet Beat can be called as a car for the developing markets, while the Spark is a model for the already developed markets.
Earlier this year when Chevrolet showcased the Beat Activ Concept, it made a sensation indeed, and what was clear, was that the American automaker is working on a new Beat. Now the General Motor subsidiary has unveiled the entire new Beat line up which consists of three different models. The Chevrolet Beat being the regular model with revised guise the Beat Activ will be a cross hatchback and the Beat Essentia will be a new Beat based compact sedan. Other than that, Chevrolet has also plan to launch two other models, in form of facelifted Chevrolet Trailblazer which has been unveiled in Brazil few days ago and the new Cruze sedan. Apart from that the automaker has announced they won’t be launching the Spin MPV in Indian market.
The new Chevrolet Beat comes bearing the same silhouette of the outgoing model, but the front fascia looks more appealing and boxy, which resembles with the new Spark’s contour. Moreover the new Beat also takes design cues from the Beat Activ concept. Expected to come later this year in Indian market the Chevrolet Beat will surely grab eyeballs in the traffic.
Click past jump to read more about 2016 Chevrolet Beat.
2016 Chevrolet Trailblazer: Few Things You Need to Know
Chevrolet is all set to introduce a facelift version of the Trailblazer SUV in Indian market, which is known for its love for SUVs. The American automaker introduced the Trailblazer last year in the country. Despite being a muscular SUV the car is yet to garner popularity or desired sales figure in the Indian market. With the introduction of the facelift version Chevrolet is expecting a better fortune. The facelift Chevrolet Trailblazer looks much more appealing and stylish compare to the outgoing model.
Here are some facts about the 2016 Chevrolet Trailblazer facelift. Let’s take a close look.
Chevrolet Beat Activ spied testing in Bengaluru
Remember the Chevrolet Beat Activ Concept showcased at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo? The concept based next generation Chevy Beat has been spied testing on Bengaluru roads recently. Chevrolet Beat is a pretty popular model, because of its sporty compact design, peppy performance. The Chevrolet is trying to boost up its presence in the Indian market.
The spyshots suggest the test mule with body cladding at the front and rear spotted in Bengaluru is of the upcoming Chevrolet Beat Activ, which will sport more stylish and sporty character compare to the outgoing Beat. The Chevy Beat Activ showcased at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo sported a revised front bumper which looked aggressive. The headlamp cluster sported LED daytime running lights, and the entire front fascia was bearing a sporty vibe. Expect the same to continue in the upcoming Chevrolet Beat Activ. The concept model had roof rails, sporty designed alloy wheels and black body mouldings at the sides making the sporty and muscular looking. These could be seen in the upcoming Beat Activ as well. Both the front and rear fascia sported faux silver skid plated in the concept model showcased at the Auto Expo. The test mule spotted testing doesn’t have several features we have already seen in the concept model, which suggests the car is at its primary stage of development.
2016 Chevrolet Trailblazer vs 2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer: Spec Comparison
American automaker Chevrolet launched the Trailblazer in Indian market last year. The Chevy Trailblazer is not available in the developed market, but the car has been selling in the developing markets like Brazil, Thailand, and India; markets where muscular and beefy SUVs are pretty popular. In Indian market the car competes with the very popular Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour, which has been launched in an all new avatar earlier this year. The Trailblazer was launched to get a strong hold of the SUV segment of Indian market, but the car is yet to deliver the desired sales figure.
In an attempt to boost up the sales figure and staying afloat in steep competition, Chevrolet is all set to introduce a facelift version of the muscular car which has been unveiled at the 2016 Bangkok International Motor Show as the Chevrolet Trailblazer Premiere. The new facelift version of Trailblazer looks sharper and stylish compare to the outgoing model.
Here in a spec sheet based comparison we will take a look at both the upcoming new and outgoing Chevrolet Trailblazer.
2016 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Chevrolet launched the Trailblazer SUV last year, which is a direct competitor against the very popular Toyota Fortuner, and the Ford Endeavour, which has been doing very well since its launch in Indian market few months ago. Although the Chevrolet has stopped selling the Trailblazer in several markets, but the American automaker is planning to go big with the SUV in developing markets like India, Brazil, South East Asian countries.
Recently the American automaker has unveiled the new facelift Chevrolet Trailblazer in Brazil, which comes with an updated front fascia and interior compare to the outgoing mode. The facelift Chevrolet Trailblazer will hit the Indian shores in near future. The facelift Chevrolet Trailblazer sports exactly same front fascia and design features which we saw earlier this year at the 2016 Bangkok International Motor Show in the Chevrolet Trailblazer Premiere. Before the new Chevrolet Trailblazer gets launched in Brazilian market in a few days, let’s take a look at it.
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First Set Of LHD Beat Hatchback Gets Ready For Export To Argentina
After exporting products to countries like Mexico, Chile, Peru, Central America, Caribbean Countries (CAC) and Uruguay, General Motors India is all set to export cars to another new market of the world. Argentina has been added to the list of six major markets where they will be exporting their products. In this image released by General Motors India you can see the first set of Left hand drive Beat hatchbacks which are ready and set to be exported to the markets of Argentina. These hatchbacks will leave for Argentina next month.
According to reports released by GM India, the Beat hatchback is the sixth most exported passenger vehicle of India during the financial year 2015-16; in total they have exported 37,082 units of this hatchback outside India so far. Presently the Beat hatchback which is popularly known as the Spark in more than 70 countries outside India until now has sold over 1 million units.
The Chevrolet Beat hatchback which is one of the tough competitors of its segment is made at the GM India’s manufacturing facility in Talegaon, Maharashtra. This facility has the capacity to build 30,000 vehicles.
GM India started exporting vehicles to Chile back in 2014 and this year they have plans to export 50, 000 vehicles compared to 21, 000 vehicles which they exported last year. This actually is a part of strategy for GM in making India an export hub for global markets. If India becomes the global hub then they have plans to expand their capacity of their Talegaon plant. The Talegaon plant will also becomes GM’s global export hub which will export 30 percent of items produced outside India