Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 1st December 2007, 12:49   #1
BHPian
 
scorp 1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: CA
Posts: 166
Thanked: 5 Times
Default General Motors opens first design studio in India

Associated Press
Article Launched: 11/29/2007 10:17:28 AM PST
http://www.mercurynews.com/drive/ci_...nclick_check=1

NEW DELHI - General Motors Corp. opened its first design studio in India on Thursday (29 Nov 07), a move intended to support the U.S. automaker's efforts to expand its presence in the country.

The studio in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, where GM already has a research and development center, will "contribute to the mid-cycle enhancement of existing models and the advanced design of future products," the company said.

"It will give us the ability to design vehicles in India for India to meet the unique needs of our customers across the country," Karl Slym, GM's India head, said in a statement.

The studio, which will initially have about 60 employees, comes at a time when GM is having some success after struggling for years to penetrate the Indian car market.

In the past seven months, the U.S. automaker has sold nearly 2 1/2 times the number of cars it sold in the country in the same period last year, even as overall demand for new cars was slowed by a sharp increase in interest rates.

The company introduced two new compact models earlier this year - the low-cost Chevrolet Spark, which is proving popular among young buyers, and the Chevrolet Aveo U-VA, a premium hatchback.

Previously, the company had focused mostly on sedans, although the Indian market is dominated by compact cars. The success of Spark is encouraging GM to bring more compact models for Indian roads. Currently, it produces five Chevrolet models at its factory at Halol in western India. The company is investing more than $300 million in a second plant, which is to start production in 2008.

"The opening of the GM India design studio is an important step in GM's growth in this crucial market," Slym said.
scorp 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st December 2007, 13:00   #2
Team-BHP Support
 
theMAG's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 7,036
Thanked: 1,473 Times
Default

After the IT, BPO, BT outsourcing, its automotive design now. All I can say is India is a great place to be in right now.
theMAG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st December 2007, 13:26   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
ram_hyundai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Calicut ,trisur
Posts: 2,019
Thanked: 48 Times
Default

all the best to gm.they are having some of the fabulous vehicle irrespective of the low sales vol.spark has added a spark to the sales volume.tavera is also extending the full support.magnum has picked up in all markets.hope srv and aveo tap some of the energy shed by these models in increasing the vol of sales.a design studio also can be flaunted to the customers.-maybe.
ram
ram_hyundai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st December 2007, 13:59   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
khanak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Mumbai/Toronto
Posts: 2,734
Thanked: 128 Times
Default

A great opportunity for GM to profit from lower costs in India and for Indian designers to finally get an opportunity to work on a full car in India.
khanak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th December 2007, 16:47   #5
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Sydney
Posts: 264
Thanked: 80 Times
Default

Hopefully we would be having better designed cars especially catering to Indian road now... Though the cars are nice but somehow GM cars still face that not so popular image and even for resale.

Its a good initiative which will prompt other companies to think of this as well.
after all we are the biggest pool of High Skilled resources in the world
RishiSuri is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th December 2007, 13:09   #6
BHPian
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Pune
Posts: 628
Thanked: 132 Times
Default

Gr888. All major car makers are waking up to the potential offered by India. I think Mercedes Benz some sort of R&D facility here.
Palio_2005 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th December 2007, 18:30   #7
BHPian
 
HotChillyPepper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bang_a_lore
Posts: 605
Thanked: 215 Times
Default

That is a great news for India Design Engineers. But how it is benefited by the customer of GM? They should get to the basics and train their employees to give customer the best service. Without customer satisfaction none of their indegenious designs gonna profit.
HotChillyPepper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th December 2007, 18:31   #8
BHPian
 
HotChillyPepper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bang_a_lore
Posts: 605
Thanked: 215 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Palio_2005 View Post
Gr888. All major car makers are waking up to the potential offered by India. I think Mercedes Benz some sort of R&D facility here.
Yes they have in Pune and in Bangalore. The team in Bangalore are into Embedded software, where they are modularizing the C structures to C++ plugin components
HotChillyPepper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th December 2007, 18:46   #9
BHPian
 
agbenny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: TN38
Posts: 956
Thanked: 95 Times
Default

GM might be using this studio for Designing Cars for the Global market. They do not have to depend this studio for their cars for the Indian Market, as long as they have designs made by Daewoo in stock.
agbenny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th December 2007, 19:22   #10
Distinguished - BHPian
 
CrAzY dRiVeR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bangalore / TVM
Posts: 8,974
Thanked: 16,771 Times
Default First?

Didn't Renault open a design studio in India some months back?

EDIT: Renault Design India was opened in Mumbai in 2006.
The Hindu : Business : Renault's plans for India



Last edited by CrAzY dRiVeR : 6th December 2007 at 19:23.
CrAzY dRiVeR is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
General Motors introduces industry-first 'Rear Seat Reminder' feature RavenAvi The International Automotive Scene 5 27th June 2016 13:03
Opportunity: Automobile Design Studio seeking Digital Sculptors / Surface Modelers manveet Shifting gears 1 26th June 2010 01:38
General Motors / Ford bailout proposal failed in US Senate- will it impact India? ritz830 The Indian Car Scene 26 3rd June 2009 10:04
Renault Design India to be a full-fledged design centre Ram The Indian Car Scene 10 8th August 2007 22:56


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 11:57.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks