General Motors made an announcement today about their plans to terminate their domestic sales in India by the end of this year. Although this comes as a shocker to many, it isn’t really surprising considering how the carmaker’s fortunes in India have plummeted in recent years.
In April 2017, General Motors India shut its Halol plant in Gujarat. Rumours are that SAIC, a Chinese carmaker, is negotiating terms with GM India to buy that facility. However, even after ceasing their Indian venture, the Talegaon facility will continue production, but it will become an export hub for the carmaker instead. And GM’s Technical Centre-India (GMTC-I) in Bengaluru will remain operational.
Kaher Kazem, GM India president and managing director, said, The focus for the GM India manufacturing base at Talegaon will be export markets, upcoming export vehicle launches and exploring longer-term strategic options. We will support our affected customers, employees, dealers and suppliers. Chevrolet owners can be assured that we will continue to honor all warranties and provide comprehensive aftersales support.