Gearing up to launch a new multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), Enjoy, U.S. carmaker General Motors, on Saturday, said it would shortly have 1.10 lakh units annual commissioned capacity at its Halol plant in Gujarat.

At present, the plant has an annual capacity of 85,000 units, with the company planning to launch the new eight-seater MPV from its Shanghai Automotive Industries Corp (SAIC) platform.

“Shortly, we would have 1.10 lakh unit commissioned capacity annually at Halol because Enjoy is proposed to be rolled out from this plant in next couple of months,” Vice-President (Corporate Communication) P. Balendran told PTI.

GM had recently raised its shareholding in an equal joint venture with SAIC to 91 per cent, regaining complete control.

The company had invested over $1 billion in India till date, a company statement said.

“Halol capacity was short...so it is being expanded. With the inauguration of a press shop at Halol, it is now an integrated manufacturing plant,” Mr. Balendran said.

The company has phased out its models such as Chervolet Optra and Aveo.

“After the launch of Chevrolet Sail U-VA, a hatchback, we plan to roll out a new sedan model of Sail by next month,” he said. The new sedan will be the company’s sixth launch this year.

As compared to sales of 1,11,510 units last year, GM sold nearly 78,100 units till October-end in India this year. “In Gujarat, we had sold 11,500 units last year, and hope to sell 10,000 units by this year-end,” Mr. Balendran said.

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