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Automatic version of Chevrolet Optra launched

NEW DELHI OCT. 13. General Motors India today launched the automatic version of its premium mid-size car, Chevrolet Optra, and said it would double the production to 50,000 units by the end of 2004 due to growing sales. The car will be available in two variants, `1.8 LS AT' and `1.8 LT AT,' which have been priced at Rs. 9.09 lakhs and Rs 10.28 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively, the GMI President and Managing Director, Aditya Vij, told a news conference.

The automatic versions were launched following good response to the introduction of the manual transmission of the Optra over two months ago. GMI has sold 2,500 units of the car in less than ten weeks of its launch and this has led the company to start second shift of production since July at its plant at Halol in Gujarat. Mr. Vij said plans were afoot to launch multi-utility vehicles and other models but declined to give a specific time frame.

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