One of the biggest automobile manufacturer in world – General Motors has decided to exit India by the end of 2017 which will prove to be a major blow to the vibrant Indian car market. But the company will still continue manufacturing cars in India for export and has promised support and service to existing customers.
General Motors, the American car manufacturer, is an early entrant for the Indian automobile market since 1996, much before Renault or Nissan were introduced in the country. The GM came with promising yet vibrant entry. In the Maruti 800 dominant market, GM came up with cars like Opel’s Astra which came as a fresh and premium package. Chevrolet cars are also being sold under General Motors and hence it will be a farewell for Chevy cars from India too. There will be no Beat or its derivations that was making its way to India.
However, the company said that they will still be using India as an export hub and we will still see the cars being made in India shipped out to Mexico and Central and South American markets. GM will use the Talegaon plan and the Halol plant will be sold to GM’s Chinese joint venture partner SAIC Motor Corps which is coming to India soon.
So are you worried about service and support issues as you own a Chevy and you’re wondering what will happen to your car? Don’t worry, the company has promised, “Chevrolet customers can rest assured the customer support centres will remain open and all warranties and service agreements as well as ongoing service and parts requirements for all vehicles will continue to be honoured.”.
The company has also said that they are committed to provide and maintain the service network across key locations with staff trained to serve the customers and provide repairs and spare parts. Chevrolet will also continue to provide service centre support along with 24/7 contact centre and roadside assistance support. But keep in mind that there will be no fresh warranties issued anymore.
Watching Chevy go like this is one daunt juncture, there will be no more Beat, Spark, Tavera, Trailblazer, Sail, Captiva or even Cruze! But they still share their market share in terms of manufacturing and India will continue to be a manufacturing hub. But still, don’t go GM.