Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chevrolet Beat

The Indian unit of US based leading auto maker General Motors on Monday launched its much awaited Chevrolet Beatdiesel in the Indian market. The car comes with a starting price tag of Rs 4.29 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), making it highly price competitive in its segment. The major competitors of the Beat Diesel in India include, Ford Figo, Maruti Ritz and Swift, Volkswagen Polo etc. The new Diesel variant of the car has till now already been receiving a strong response in the Indian market as more than 1500 units of the car have already been booked.
The car is powered by a 1.0L diesel engine which is the smallest diesel engine in GM portfolio, globally. The engine has been specially developed for markets like India by GM's Technical Centre in Bangalore in collaboration with GM Powertrain Europe. The company has indicated that it may launch a diesel version of its smallest portfolio car Spark, in near future as well.
The Beat diesel model has been priced in the range of Rs 4.29 lakh to Rs 5.45 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It will be delivering a segment leading mileage of 24 kmpl, as per ARAI standards.
Speaking at the occasion, General Motors India President and Managing Director Karl Slym said, "This is the smallest diesel engine-powered passenger car for GM globally. We do not have any plan to manufacture this engine anywhere in the world."
The company currently produces about 6,000 units of its diesel engines monthly from its Talegaon facility in Maharashtra. At present the company sells 2,700-3,000 units of its Beat model on a monthly basis, which is expected to be increased to 4,000-5,000 units a month, once it starts delivering Beat Diesel. Moreover, the company plans to take the total number of its outlets to 300 from existing 250 dealers, by this year end.
The summary details of the New Chevrolet Beat Diesel are as follows:
PRICE EX DELHI (in lacs)
PS - 4.29
LS - 4.59
LT - 4.99
LT Option - 5.45 (ABS, alloys & air bags)
Key technical features in the new Beat Diesel include:
1.0 litre 3 cylinder XSDE SMARTECH engine
62.5 PS power and 160.3 NM torque
24 kmpl mileage
Featherlight Power Steering
Intelligent launch support system
Advanced insta torque boost
Smart engine & clutch protection
gas charged rebound tuned suspension

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