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GM India Launches Locally Developed Engine, announces ambitious plans Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 February 2011
New Delhi: General Motors India expects to triple its sales in this country to 300,000 units over the next two years. GM would likely source $1 billion worth of auto parts from the country over two years.

The company launched its new locally developed, state-of-the-art  1.2-litre SMARTECH engine, created by the GM Technical Centre-India in Bangalore in cooperation with GM’s new engine plant in Talegaon. It will be produced at the Talegaon facility for a range of new models offered by GM in India.

"Our new engine is the result of an enormous R&D effort and thousands of hours of design, validation and testing. It incorporates engineering changes which optimize engine performance for Indian conditions through innovative design techniques," said Karl Slym, President and Managing Director of General Motors India. "The engine demonstrates the true potential of GM’s engineering and manufacturing capability across India."

In the next 2 years , GM plans to launch four new cars and two commercial vehicles. GM sold 110804 vehicles in India last year, giving it a 5 per cent market share in the country. Vehicle sales in India grew a record 31 per cent in 2010.

"Our growth outpaced the industry growth last year, we grew at 30 per cent. We will surely outpace the market in 2011 as well," Slym said.

The engine was launched at a ceremony presided over by General Motors International Operations President Tim Lee.

"India is a key market for General Motors. We are focused on leveraging our unmatched global resources as well as our growing local capability to develop segment-leading vehicles and power trains in India for India," said Tim Lee.

The SMARTECH engine features aluminum cylinder heads, deep skirt cylinder block and lightweight pistons with low tension rings, which decreases weight and maximizes fuel economy. The engine also features a DOHC valve-train with direct acting valve actuation to further improve the efficiency, a long runner plastic intake manifold for good low-end torque and lightweight counterbalanced crank shaft for great NVH.

The engine has a maintenance-free inverted tooth timing chain drive system. The chain links engage at a lower impact speed, which decreases the noise generated for quiet operation. The 1.2 litre SMARTECH engine delivers uncompromised power and durability in a small package size. Durability is ensured through the application of an epoxy coating on the cylinder block and anti corrosion coating on cam cover baffles, and the use of stainless steel core plugs and bay to bay ventilation. Extensive testing and validation were carried out in India to guarantee top-of-the-line performance in all vehicle models that will adopt the engine.

General Motors has completed 14 years of operation in India. Chevrolet, which was introduced in 2003, is one of the fastest-growing vehicle brands in India. GM India’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Halol, Gujarat, and Talegaon, Maharashtra, build the Chevrolet Captiva, Chevrolet Optra, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Aveo U-VA, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Beat and Chevrolet Tavera for sale across India.

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