American automobile manufacturer General Motors announced their plan to invest $1 billion in Indian market, which is a part of their global growth strategy. General Motors is keen to double their market share in India by the year 2020, and to that they are all set to invest huge amount of money in India which is part of their plan of global investment amount of $5 billion, with this investment plan General Motors will be able to create approximately 12, 000 jobs directly and indirectly in Indian automobile market at large.
In a huge plan, which includes this investment project, General Motors are all set to bring 10 new vehicles in India in next 5 years, starting with Chevrolet Trailblazer which is set to be launched in coming October, followed by the Spin MPV which will hit the market in early 2017.
They are also planning to make India their global export hub, which means the American auto manufacturer will see a better profit margin due to the low costing of this country, and in this plan the Telegaon manufacturing plant is all set to be stronger and it will be their export hub, although General Motors Halol facility is expected to cease production in the second half of 2016. In her second visit to India in last 12 months General Motors CEO, Mary Barra unveiled their plan for Indian market as well as she met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tell him about GMs plan.
In the age of low carbon emissions, downsizing for better fuel economy, there are few engine makers who just can’t give up on performance. Getting a bucket full of horsepower from an engine wasn’t that difficult, until now. Small, fast hatchbacks that used anywhere between 1.6-liter- 2.0-liter engine have had to downsize further to improve fuel economy.
A breakthrough came in the form of Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Now, General Motors has launched their version of Ford’s EcoBoost. GM like to call it "ECOTEC". Based on a similar principle the 1.0-liter ECOTEC will make its debut on a European hatchback.
The Opel Adam will be the first car to receive this new turbocharged petrol engine. The 1.0-liter ECOTEC in question uses "state-of-the-art" technology to deliver the optimum balance between performance and economy. The 3-cylinder engine uses direct fuel injection and a turbocharger.
This setup ensures increased low-end torque and power characteristics of a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine. CO2 emissions are reduced by 99 g/km, thus making it cleaner than a larger capacity engine. The 1.0-liter ECOTEC will come in two states of tune. The base will have 90 horsepower while the higher spec will deliver 115 horsepower and 166 Nm from as low as 1800 rpm.
The 90 horsepower version is claimed to deliver a mileage of 4.3 liter per 100 km which translates to 23.25 km per liter. The improved fuel efficiency is a combined result of direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, weight-saving all-aluminum construction and a switchable water pump.
Click past the jump to read more about how the ECOTEC compares to Ford’s EcoBoost.
General Motors has decided to set up a diesel engine manufacturing unit in India for its upcoming vehicles. GM is planning to set up this factory in Talegaon in Maharashtra and this facility will be also used to develop and supply diesel engines to countries with a demand for diesel cars. Lowell Paddock, President and Managing Director, General Motors India, said, “The diesel development carried out on our future Sail and MPV programmes will certainly support entry into markets outside India where consumers have a strong preference for diesel engines.” Currently, GM India produces a 1-litre diesel engine for their Chevrolet Beat hatchback and the manufacturer has a technical centre in Bangalore where it develops diesel engines. This year GM is planning to launch the Chevrolet Sail and a sedan version of Chevrolet Sail. Both these cars are expected to come with diesel engines.