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LAUNCHED! Chevrolet Beat diesel starts at Rs 4.29 lakh
The cheapest Chevrolet diesel on sale, company hopes to triple volumes
By : BSM Desk | Published : July 25, 2011 | Photos : BSM
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General Motors has launched, what is its first significant model/variant for 2011 in the form of the Chevrolet Beat diesel. The Beat diesel is positioned smack bang in the middle of the B1-B2 hatchback segment at a price that is bound to shake-up the small car market.

Here are the prices of the Chevrolet Beat diesel, all ex-showroom Delhi

Chevrolet Beat PS - Rs 4.29 lakh
Chevrolet Beat LS - Rs 4.59 lakh
Chevrolet Beat LT - Rs 4.99 lakh
Chevrolet Beat LT (Option Pack) - Rs 5.45 lakh

GMI claims that the car returns 24 kpl in the ARAI Indian Driving Cycle test. The 957 cc, three-cylinder diesel develops 57 bhp and about 15.2 kgm of peak torque. Derived from the Fiat Multijet diesel, the Beat diesel powertrain is manufactured and assembled at GM's engine plant in Talegaon, Pune where it has an installed capacity of 150,000 units per annum (engines). The engine has been developed by the GM Tech Centre at Bengaluru in conjunction with GM's Powertrain department in Europe.

The Beat diesel is probably the smallest common-rail diesel engine powerplant in a car in the world, of course until the Tata Nano diesel arrives. GMI hopes to enhance sales of the Beat with the launch of the diesel model from the current 2000-2500 units a month to up to 7,500 units a month. This should help GMI end the year with sales of 140,000 units, up from last year's 112,000 units.

GM India now has 250 sales and a very similar number of service outlets across the country as well as 61 Chevy OK points. It plans to expand production at its Halol, Gujarat plant from 85,000 units to 110,000 units. This is being done as GM India is now part of a 50:50 joint venture with SAIC, the Chinese auto manufacturer. The JV will roll out a whole bunch of LCVs, MPVs, people carriers and cars in the next few years, the first of which will be previewed/launched at the 2012 Auto Expo. The Halol plant currently manufactures/assembles the Tavera, Cruze, Optra Magnum, Aveo and Aveo U-VA models.

Meanwhile the company is also planning to double its installed capacity at its Talegaon plant where it assembles the Spark and Beat from 140,000 units to around 300,000 units in the next two years. It plans to invest another USD 500 million in that regard.


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  Posted by shubham.R.chavan at 7th January,2012
I like the car.
  Posted by fayaz dar at 21st December,2011
really i like this car and i get this car last week
  Posted by Justin at 17th December,2011
The car first success in styllish, and millage. Then nice perfomence on road.
  Posted by vishwanath at 10th December,2011
car features are superb but it is overpriced when compared to other diesel cars
  Posted by satish kumar at 15th November,2011
good car...............
  Posted by Sameer G at 28th July,2011
As I had thought, GM seems to have missed out on the pricing front, with over-pricing this 3 Pot Diesel Hatch. Clearly, this car is no match to the Ford Figo or Indica Vista Multijet, whose prices are similar to the Beat Diesel, while offering loads of more space, better engine output and their mileage is in the same league as well. It is a well know fact, that why Ford Figo was a runaway success for the Blue Oval, it was because of its superb pricing. I can foresee, Chevy would start offering discounts on this hatch 6 months down the line :-)
  Posted by Sammy at 28th July,2011
All the models are clearly overpriced by 25-40K. Had Chevy marketed this Diesel hatch with a starting price of 3.99L, it would have been a HUGE Success story!
  Posted by RAJU at 27th July,2011
beat is ok in appearence and mileage but power i think it is better to prefer ritz or ford figo too cheaper compared to this and price is same if price less than 3 lakh i should prefer this cheverolet BEAT
  Posted by Rohit at 27th July,2011
Should have been cheaper by Rs.20K to make a Winner without a doubt.
  Posted by R.DINESH at 25th July,2011
its really superb and more competitive for other car makers
  Posted by nagaraju anguru at 25th July,2011
cost is high, but looking good but see on the road working condition and fuel consuption.
  Posted by barun shahi at 25th July,2011
hope chevy diesel got the sale target but prices are to much. Barun shahi,patna
  Posted by CD Francis at 25th July,2011
Good to see the much awaited one. Hope the same will rule the segment.
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