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General Motors to launch 5 new LCV models early 2012

With the foray into the commercial vehicle space, General Motors would be the latest to enter this category after auto majors Tata Motors, Mahindra and from Ashok Leyland-Nissan.

twitter-logo PTI   Chennai     Last Updated: August 4, 2011  | 00:00 IST

The first light commercial vehicle from US automobile giant General Motors will be rolled out in the first quarter of 2012, a top company official said on Wednesday.

With the foray into the commercial vehicle space, General Motors would be the latest to enter this category after auto majors Tata Motors, Mahindra and from Ashok Leyland-Nissan.

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General Motors India Vice-President P Balendran said the company proposes to launch five new models in the next 18 months in the domestic market.

"In the next 18 months, we plan to introduce five new products. The models will be a hatchback, sedan, an utility vehicle, a van and Euro-IV version of (SUV) Tavera," he told reporters, after unveiling the Chevrolet Beat diesel variant in the Tamil Nadu market.

"The first product will be a utility vehicle, to be rolled out during the first quarter of next year. It can be sub-one tonne category," Balendran said without elaborating.

He said General Motors India is on a massive expansion plan in both plants at Halol (Gujarat) and Talegaon (Maharashtra) and has invested $1 billion (about Rs 5,000 crore) till date.

The LCVs would be rolled out from the Halol plant along with hatchbacks Spark, Aveo-UVA, mid-size sedan Aveo, premium sedan Optra, Sports Utility Vehicle Tavera and premium SUV Captiva.

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