General Motors inaugurated its new flexi-engine facility in Talegaon, GM’s first powertrain plant that enables gasoline and diesel engines to be manufactured simultaneously.
The facility represents investment of $230 million. It has an initial annual production capacity of 160,000 engines and is designed to accommodate future expansion. The new engine plant will begin by producing engines for small passenger cars manufactured by GM in India.
GM India’s sales have grown significantly since the rollout of its mini-cars, the Chevrolet Spark and Beat, said GM India President and Managing Director Karl Slym.
GM is the fifth-largest automobile manufacturer in India. In the first 10 months of 2010, GM India sold a record 93,960 vehicles, representing a 73% increase over the same period last year. In February 2010, GM and its Chinese partner SAIC opened a joint venture in India for cooperation in vehicle manufacturing and sales.