GM opens second plant in western India

MUMBAI, September 2, 2008 (AFP) – US-based auto giant General Motors opened its second plant in western India on Tuesday that will nearly triple annual production capacity to 225,000 vehicles a year. The company said it had invested 300 million dollars in the new factory in Talegaon, near Pune city, 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Mumbai.

The company currently produces 85,000 cars a year in India.

The new plant will have an annual output of 140,000 vehicles and will boost GM’s total annual production by 165 percent to 225,000 vehicles.

GM India, a fully-owned unit of General Motors, sells products under the Chevrolet brand in India.

GM India last week announced it would invest another 200 million dollars in an adjacent facility aimed at producing 300,000 engines a year for both domestic and export markets.

General Motors India on Monday reported a 4.4-percent rise in August sales to 6,074 vehicles from the same month last year.