General Motors has surpassed a global sales milestone by selling over 1 million units of its compact hatchback, the Beat. Also known as ‘Spark’ in some of the international markets, the Beat is sold in 71 countries worldwide. As per a statement prepared by the company, the maximum chunk of the Beat sales has come out of markets in South Korea, United States and Mexico.
The Chevrolet Beat was first introduced in 2008 in India, and has undergone a major face-lift in 2014. Of the 1 million units sold, over 1,78,000 units of the Beat have been sold in India says Chevrolet.
The Indian-spec Beat is available in two engine options – a 1.2 liter four-cylinder petrol unit that develops 80.5PS of power and 108Nm of torque; and a 1.0 liter three-cylinder diesel engine that is rated at 57.1PS of power and 142.5Nm of torque.
Both the versions are sold in choice of four variants, namely, PS, LS, LT and LT (O). The ARAI certified mileage for the petrol model is 18.6 km/l whereas the diesel returns an impressive mileage of 25.44 km/l, making it the country’s most fuel efficient diesel hatchback on sale today. The Chevrolet Beat is also available in LPG version.
Speaking on the occasion, Arvind Saxena, President and Managing Director, General Motors India, said, “Chevrolet Beat has been appreciated for its technology and is increasingly selected by young buyers both in India and abroad. Following its huge success in India, the Chevrolet Beat was subsequently launched in other parts of the world.”
In India, General Motors introduced the Chevrolet brand in 2003. The company has two manufacturing units located at Halol in Gujrat and Talegaon in Maharashtra. The Beat is manufactured at the Talegaon facility. Recently, Chevrolet started exporting the Beat from its Indian facility to Chile. Chevrolet plans to sell and export more cars from India to a number of countries in the coming time.
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