General Motors Exits Indian Market Will Focus Only On Exports
The rumours of Chevrolet exiting Indian market were doing rounds on the internet for quite a long time. Now, finally, those rumours come true Chevrolet officially announced their departure from the Indian market yesterday although General Motors did say that their focus in India will now only be on exports.
General Motors Telegaon assembly plant, will remain open and will be used as the export hub. As a result of their exit from Indian market General Motors now will slowly stop selling the Chevrolet cars in India by the end of the year 2017. Chevrolet cars like the Beat, Sail twins, Cruze and Trailblazer SUV will be discontinued from the Indian market by the end of this year. GM has already stopped operation of their Halol facility in April 2017. We are still not sure what forced General Motors to take such big decision, but we could certainly blame its poor sales figures and lack of new products as the main reasons.
Stefan Jacoby, GM executive vice president and president of GM International, said, "We explored many options, but determined the increased investment originally planned for India would not deliver the returns of other significant global opportunities. It would also not help us achieve a leadership position or compelling, long-term profitability in the domestic market. Difficult as it has been to reach this decision, it is the right outcome to support our global strategy and deliver appropriate returns for our shareholders." He also included that their decision in strengthening the performance of their GM international operation and establishing GM as a more focused and disciplined company.
5 Cars Which Indian Customers Do Not Buy Anymore
There are popular cars which help keep the sales graph positioned towards North for the auto manufacturers then there are some unpopular cars which people either forgot or does not show any interest in buying. Today we bring you 5 of the most unpopular cars which are on sale in the Indian market, but people don’t actually buy them anymore.
So without wasting more words let us get straight into the list of 5 of the most unpopular cars of India
5 New Cars Launching In Coming Months
The year 2017 has been an outstanding year for the Auto manufacturers as well as the Indian customers. We have already seen plenty of new launches within the first 4 months. Now as we are almost approaching towards the middle of the year 2017 the Automakers have stacked plenty of new products for the year 2017. While some of them are good budget and economy cars, others fall under the premium category of cars. Whatever may be the case we can assure that there will be atleast 5 assured car launches within the next couple of month.
So without any further due let us get straight into our topic of 5 new cars launching in India within the next few months.
Chevrolet Launching The new Generation Beat Soon!
Some reports suggest that the new generation Chevrolet Beat will be launching within the next few months here in India. This is a new generation hatchback which is commonly known as Spark in Global market. However, there is a difference between the International spec hatchback and the hatchback which will launch in India.
While the International Spark underpins a whole new platform called G2XX platform, which is the successor to GM’s Gamma 2 platform and underpins some other GM vehicles like Aveo and Bolt EV, the Indian spec Beat will continue to use the old Beat’s platform to cut the cost. So you can say that the new generation Beat is an updated variant of its predecessor.
Click past jump to learn more such interesting points about the new Chevy Beat hatchback
The List Of Ten Exciting Budget Cars Which No One Actually Buys Anymore
Every car manufacturer has the core aim of only one thing – to sell as much cars as possible and position itself as a strong player. With this aim, they seldom produce cars which although being groundbreaking on most of the aspects, fail to click in the minds of the customers. This happens with almost every manufacturer at one point of time or the other. Blame it for the wrong pricing, bad timing or simply bad luck, there are some products which fall under this category.
In this feature story, we are going to take a look on ten such cars which unfortunately are selling in less numbers despite being great products in one aspect or the other. Following is a list of those ten cars which deserve to sell more for the great products they are:-
New Chevrolet Beat Hatchback Spotted Testing Again As Launch Date Nears
Chevrolet is all set to introduce the new generation Beat hatchback soon, the hatchback was spotted couple of times being tested on the Indian road. It was once again caught on video as well strengthening the chances of its launch in the recent months.
Chevrolet showcased the new generation Beat hatchback for the first time at the 2015 Seoul Motor show. While for the International market the Beat (also known as Spark) is based on a new M2 platform. This is an improved platform but unfortunately the Indian spec Beat will be based on the same old platform which underpins the current hatchback. The reason for GM not using the new expensive M2 platform for the Indian market is to keep the prices of the new hatchback down and in the same margin of its predecessor which is on sale currently.
List of MUVs available in India
India has always been one country, where all the aspects and facts related to unity get affirmed with facts. Be it its cultural and linguistic diversities or the bonds between different generations, everyone has been coexisting with dignified unities. And when it comes to families, the Indians have always shown a warm bonding between all the members, speaking in particular.
Speaking of the automobile industry, given the varying needs of different members of families, the need of a single vehicle complying to all of these needs in a single package has risen in recent times. This is why the segment of multi utility vehicles (MUVs) has seen a positive growth in recent times. This upward growth of MUVs is the reason why all the manufacturers are trying to have a piece of profit in this category, and are not shying off by experimenting too. In the last two years, we have seen everything starting off from a sub four meter compact family wagon to a full fledged luxury seven seater.
In this feature story, we are throwing some light on all the seven seater MUVs which are existing in the Indian market, catering to varying needs of different people, or to be specific, families. Here is a complete list of all the MUVs available in India:-
List Of New Cars Launching In February 2017
We here in Topspeed are creating lists of all the cars launched last year and also number of cars launching in the coming months. We already have provided you the list of the vehicles that will be launching in the month Of January 2017. Now we are here to provide you the list of the cars that you all can expect to make their presence felt in the Indian market in the coming month of February 2017.
There is no doubt in the fact that the year 2017 will bring a revolution in the Indian market whereas in one hand we get to see plenty of new launches while on the other we also get our hands on plenty of products which are being launched in the Indian market that matches the highest global standards in terms of quality as well as safety. So this is definitely good news that the Indian customers are getting plenty of new cars which match the Global standards in terms of quality.
With that said we will witness two big launches that will take place in the month of January from two biggest auto manufacturers of all time Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki. But don’t get disheartened because if those two cars do not match your taste or budget then few other auto manufacturers have plenty more to surprise you with in the coming months as well.
Click past jump to read more about the cars launching in the month of February 2017
5 Upcoming Cars Which Could Leave Serious Impact In The Year 2017
As we all are almost on the verge of saying goodbye to the year 2016 and welcoming year 2017, Indian Auto manufacturers too has some big plans stored for the Indian market this New Year. Not only are they refreshing their existing lineup but also actually will be launching plenty of new products which could leave some serious impact on the Indian Auto market.
Some of these upcoming products are not only new but will set new standards in their individual segment. So today we actually have decided to select five such cars from our very own homegrown auto manufacturers which are expected to bring new revolution in the Indian auto segment in the year 2017. They not only come loaded with modern features but actually also promises to set the standards quite high. These upcoming cars gets new lightweight platforms, completely new and modern interiors completed with all the modern equipments and comfort features that you find in some other International and premium cars and above all plenty of safety features which has been one of the most important topic of discussion and concern amongst the Indian buyers.
Click past jump to go through the entire list of cars and also find out how they will leave an impact in the Indian Auto market this New Year
Chevrolet Essentia Sedan Launching In Mid 2017
Chevrolet seriously needs to refresh their lineup and fast if they want to make an impact in the Indian market. Their existing products Sail sedan and Sail UV-A hatchback failed to impress the Indian customers which is the main reason behind their poor sales figures. In order to stay in the competition Chevrolet definitely has some big plans for the Indian market which will come in the form of some new launches. Now we all know by now Chevrolet will be launching the new generation Beat hatchback sometimes in 2017 and beside the new hatchback they also will launch a compact sedan as well based on the new generation hatch.
Chevrolet already showcased the compact sedan concept which was called Beat Essentia concept at the 2016 Auto expo and it attracted lot of attention. The Essentia concept was packed with plenty of modern features which definitely impressed everyone at the show.
The Beat Essentia concept is based on the new Beat hatchback platform. The new compact sedan has been designed at General Motors Korea design studio. While the front profile looks like the hatchback variant the rest of the profile too looks interesting.. The Beat Essentia compact hatchback surely looks interesting from the rear as well. It also gets a huge boot at the rear while the taillamps design too looks interesting at the same time.
5 New Hatchbacks That Will Launch In India In 2017
Hatchbacks have always been a crowd favourite for obvious reasons. There is not a single manufacturer who builds budget cars for the Indian market does not have a single hatchback in their lineup. The year 2016 has been an average year for the auto manufacturers however one particular manufacturer won plenty of Indian hearts by launching one of the most anticipated hatchbacks of the year 2016 Baleno.
The Baleno hatchback was positioned above the Swift hatchback and was launched to compete with the popular Hyundai Elite i20 and the Fiat Punto Evo. The year 2017 will also bring plenty of new hatchbacks for the Indian market starting from entry level offerings to some hot hatchbacks and we can’t actually wait till the next year to provide you all the information about these exciting hatchbacks.
So below provided are the list of upcoming hatchbacks which will be launched here in 2017. This particular list includes some exciting new hatchbacks from Chevrolet, Maruti Suzuki and many more.
Click past jump to go through the entire list of hatchbacks launching in 2017
Upcoming Chevrolet Beat Hatchback Spied!
Team-BHP reader was recently able to spot the soon to be launched next generation Beat hatchback. The best part is that the person managed to get some interior pictures of what it looks like the production ready mule of the hatchback. According to the reports Chevrolet has plans to launch the new 2017 Beat hatchback towards the first half of the year 2017.
As far as the exterior styling is concerned the next generation Indian spec Beat hatchback will draw its inspiration from the Chevrolet Spark which is sold in some of the other International markets of the world. Expect the new Beat to looks little less aggressive than its predecessor however the front face of the hatchback will get the newly designed headlamps, followed by new much less aggressive grille. However we also believe that Chevy might also add LED DRL lamps and round shaped fog lamps as well to match the current trend. The side profile will also get new set of alloy wheels. Towards the rear profile the new hatchback will definitely get a new set of taillamps and a repositioned registration number plate area.
List of hatchback-compact sedan pairs of Indian market
When it comes to the popularity and volume churner segment of the Indian market, the Indian market has become a bit more mature than before and has moved up the ladder and is investing in more premium and up-market cars, owing to increasing need for adequate space and safety. It is the reason why in urban markets, the trend of want for premium hatchbacks and compact sedans based on them is increasing day by day. While the segment of entry level and compact hatchbacks has been witnessing the same level of growth in the rural and Tier II and III cities, it is in the metros and Tier-I cities, where the demand of premium hatchbacks and sedans based on them has seen a commendable growth.
In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on all the pairs of hatchbacks and the compact or sub-4 meter sedans based on them, and the essential points which make them so important for the Indian market and its growth. Here you go.
What Do We Know So far About The Chevrolet Beat Essentia Compact Sedan
When everyone is worried about the upcoming Toyota Fortuner and the Honda Accord Hybrid we definitely like to attract your attention towards another upcoming car which will surely give some hard time to its rivals. First showcased at the 2016 Auto expo Chevrolet surely was able to pull some crowd towards their counter when they showcased the Beat Essentia concept. This concept surely looked practical and also was almost ready for production. Recently the Beat Essentia compact sedan test mule was spotted for the first time while it was being tested on Indian road; this actually gave everyone a hint that Chevrolet will be introducing the new sedan sooner or later.
Details reveal that the car will be launched in the Indian market towards March 2017. This compact sedan will take on some other rivals of its segment like the upcoming Tata Kite5 compact sedan which will also be launched in2017.
The Beat Essentia concept which was showcased at the Auto expo was definitely borrowed all its design cues from the next generation Beat hatchback and also shares most of its components with the hatchback.
Click past jump to read more about the 2017 Chevrolet Beat Essentia compact sedan
Chevrolet’s Upcoming Compact Sedan Beat Essentia Caught Testing
The car was first showcased at the 2016 Auto expo where it attracted quite a lot of attention. This new Chevrolet Beat Essentia concept was built on the same platform which also supports the new Beat hatchback. According to the recent reports the car will be launched in the Indian market next year and will take on some of the other rivals of the Indian market like the Tata Zest and the Hyundai Xcent and also Maruti Swift Dzire.
The test mule which was caught testing was heavily camouflaged but there was no doubt that this is definitely the new sedan.The original concept which was showcased at the show surely looked interesting with its big headlamps towards the front and tall taillamps towards the rear. Now it will be interesting to find out how much styling will be carried over to the production variant as well. Inside the concept things looked quite modern as well. The concept had blue backlit digital instrument cluster, this instrument cluster consisted of the digital speedometer, tachometer. The centre of the dashboard had a toucshscreen music system hopefully this too will be continued to the production variant as well.
Under the hood the Beat Essentia will most probably be powered by the same 1.2-litre STEC ll petrol engine which powers the current generation Beat hatchback, this engine produces about 77 bhp and 107 Nm of torque. The diesel variant on the other hand will most probably be powered by the new 1.0 Litre three cylinder turbocharged unit. A 5 speed manual transmission will be paired to both the engines which will send power to the front wheels.
Expect the new Beat Essentia Compact sedan to be priced in between INR. 4-7 lakh ex showroom.
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.
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