General Motors India, today, announced that it will bring in the Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV in 2015 and Spin multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in 2016. The announcement was made by the company during GM India dealer meet in Bangkok on February 13. Like we informed our readers earlier, the company has already imported both of these vehicles to India for research & development.
"GM India's focus is on significantly expanding its presence in the Indian market by enriching its products, quality and the entire purchasing experience," said Arvind Saxena, president and managing director, General Motors India. "Our dealers are a big part of ensuring that Chevrolet builds customers for life."
During the dealer meeting, Arvind Saxena and GM Executive Vice President and GM International President Stefan Jacoby also said that the company is planning to export around Rs 19,000 cars to nearly 40 countries.
"We recognize the growth potential of India and are focused on the fundamentals to ensure long-term sustainability," said Jacoby. "We know that begins by offering high quality, exciting and competitive products for our customers."
After failing to do any good with its entry-level MPV - Chevrolet Enjoy - General Motors will now try its luck in the fast growing multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) segment. If rumours are to be believed, the company might even replace the slow-selling Enjoy MPV with the Spin since both are 7-seater. Since the Spin is a more up-market product than the Enjoy, it will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Honda Mobilio and the upcoming Renault Lodgy upon its launch.
Talking about the Trailblazer, it's a full-fledged SUV from General Motors that is based on a pick up truck - Colorado. The vehicle had made its Indian debut at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, but the company took more than 3 years to finally decide to launch it here. Upon its launch the Trailblazer will rival against the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero and the upcoming new-gen Ford Endeavour.
As reported earlier, the company has imported two units of the Trailblazer in India and has begun testing it here. The units imported to India are powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine, that mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, churns out a maximum power output of 180bhp and 470Nm of torque. Upon its launch, the company will also introduce the vehicle with a 5-speed manual gearbox.