GM to hire 800 people and double the output of Talegaon


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General Motors India today said it will double production from its Talegaon facility from March onwards, four months ahead of schedule, to meet increased demand in the market, and will also hire 800 people in the next seven to eight months. "Last month, we had record sales and the demand is going up. We had earlier decided to start second shift in the Talegaon facility (in Maharashtra) from June but now it will be advanced to March," General Motors India (GMI) Vice- President P Balendran told reporters here.
He said from March onwards the firm will make 400 units every day from the Talegaon, against 200 units a day now.

GMI produces its compact cars Chevrolet Spark and Beat from the Talegaon facility, while other models such as Chevrolet Tavera, Optra and Aveo are made at Halol in Gujarat.

"We are also considering to go for a third shift production at the Halol facility, which is producing 250 units per day," he added.
Last month GMI sold 9,421 units, its highest-ever monthly sales in over 13 years of its operations in the country.

On the manpower front, Balendran said the company will be hiring more to meet additional requirements.

"Currently we have 4,000 people across India, we will add 800 more staff in the next 7-8 months," he said.

Asked about launching products from General Motors' joint venture with China's Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC), he said: "We will have light commercial vehicles and passenger cars."

While all cars will be branded under Chervolet, branding of LCVs will be decided after a market study, Balendran added.

"We have not finalised the products in cars but three will be different product under LCVs these will be pick ups, MUV and vans," Balendran said. On the investments, he said it is too early to talk about.

GMI is eying to sell about 1.2 lakh units this year, against 70,000 units last year, up by over 70 per cent, he said. "Eventually, when SIAC vehicles are also launched in India, we aim to sell 3 lakh units. We aim to export 20 per cent of total sales by 2011 mainly in the Asia-Pacific region," Balendran said. Currently GMI sells very small numbers to Nepal and Bhutan, he added.

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Maruti also plans to hire around 950 people this fiscal. Its so mentioned in TOI. Seems like the long winter for auto industry is finally over. Ahoy sunshine. Summer is here!!
 
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Maruti hiring seems to be at the Engineer level, while I am sure that GM is looking at the technician level.
But you are right, Summer is Back!!
 
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General Motors India announces 300 dealerships nationwide by year end

General Motors India has embarked upon an ambitious programme to rapidly expand its dealership network across the country. The company plans to have at least 300 sales points and an equal number of service outlets in operation across the country by the end of this financial year. The focus is on opening new facilities in tier II and tier III cities, where much of the demand for vehicles is taking place as a result of increased economic activities in the semi-urban and rural areas.
As part of the expansion drive, in the current month, GM India will open new dealerships across the cities of Bangalore, Hissar, Una, Nawashehar, Rohtak and Amritsar. It will also open new show rooms and services outlets in some metros and other parts of the country as well. With an eye on future expansion, GM India is aiming to take its overall dealer count to over 300 dealerships by the end of this year from the current 279 sales points and 272 service outlets.

Speaking on the dealership expansion drive, Lowell Paddock, President and Managing Director of GM India, said “The new outlets will support our growing Chevrolet lineup across the country. This is part of GM India’s goal of expanding the accessibility of our products and becoming a volume player in the market. Like our existing state of the art facilities, our new sales points and service outlets will set benchmarks for sales, service and customer satisfaction.”

In its commitment to continue to provide customers with a value proposition to stand out in the market place, GM India has introduced a number of industry-first programmes, including a centralized 24x7 call centre to answer customers’ questions and provide information about products and services. Customers can access the service by calling 3030-8080 from any landline or mobile phone across the country. Among the other unique programmes introduced by GM India to further bolster the Chevrolet ownership experience are unmatched product warranties and guarantees, a breakdown helpline service, Chevy U-First free service camps and the Chevrolet Promise Cost of Ownership programme.

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