Talegaon, India – General Motors has opened a new flexi-engine facility in India, its first powertrain plant capable of manufacturing gasoline and diesel engines simultaneously.

The facility, which represents an investment of US$230 million, has an initial annual production capacity of 160,000 and was designed to accommodate future expansion. It will begin by producing engines for small passenger cars manufactured by GM in India.

“This marks the beginning of GM’s next chapter in India,” said Karl Slym, GM India president and managing director. “The opening of our new facility will enable our company to become more competitive and keep up with the growing demand for our vehicles. GM India’s sales have grown significantly since we began rolling out our mini-cars, the Chevrolet Spark and Beat, at our Talegaon plant about two years back.”

Construction on the plant began in December 2008, with pilot production commencing in March 2010. General Motors India has been in operation for 14 years and produces the Chevrolet Spark, Beat, Captiva, Optra, Cruze, Aveo, Aveo U-VA and Tavera. It is the fifth-largest automobile manufacturer in the country.

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