GM India planning to have more diesel cars in its portfolio
The rising fuel prices and the difference in prices between petrol and diesel has been pushing more customers to opt for the diesel vehicles and now it has been reported that the General Motors India is looking to enhance its range of diesel-driven cars as demand for the variant increases.
According to reports, GM India is now all set to launch the diesel variant of its compact car Beat this month, is keeping its options open to introduce similar variants of other models as well. The reports quoted General Motors India President and Managing Director Karl Slym as saying "There is always a possibility of extending the diesel option to what customers demand."
It was also mentioned that when asked if the company is also considering the introduction of a diesel option for premium hatchback Aveo UVA and entry level sedan Aveo, he said: "There is always an interest in putting diesel in other segments." At present, the Aveo UVA is available only in a petrol variant, while the Aveo sedan comes in petrol and CNG.
The reports stated that he mentioned customer demand for diesel cars is increasing as the price difference between petrol and diesel fuel which currently stands at Rs 26 per litre widens. "We cannot control what the government does to petrol prices. Therefore, we are geared up to meet the demands of the customer," Slym said.
It was reported that GM already has the capacity to cater to demand for diesel vehicles, as its engine plant at Talegaon, with an annual capacity of 1.6 lakh units, is capable of meeting the enhanced requirement. "The plant can build engines up to 1.5-litre capacity and it is fully flexible for both petrol and diesel. So capacity is not a constraint for us," he said.
The reports stated that the company's latest Beat Diesel model will be powered by a one-litre, three-cylinder engine produced at the plant. "The technology is from GM Europe, but it has been adapted to suit the Indian conditions specifically. It will be only in India that the Beat is available in a diesel option, nowhere else," Slym said, according to reports.