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Old 23rd September 2009, 16:01   #196
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Thanks Jebs. If you get any pricing infomation, do post here.
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The Beat will be launched with only petrol engine first. A later diesel Engine will follow later as per Autocar India.

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The M300 will initially come with only a 1.2-litre petrol engine for the Indian market. It’s essentially the same 1206cc motor currently used in the face-lifted Aveo in international markets. However, for India the engine capacity will be reduced to 1199cc by slightly reducing the bore (the stroke remains unchanged). This 1.2 litre is from GM’s ‘Family B’ which is the company’s latest engine family. The all-aluminium twin-cam, 16-valve motor produces an estimated 82bhp - impressive output for a 1.2 motor.

However, the M300’s trump card that is yet-to-be-seen is the 936cc three-cylinder diesel engine. Autocar India first broke the news of this brand-new motor in the July 2007 issue when it was still in its development stage. This three-cylinder diesel is essentially the 1.3-litre Multi-jet with one cylinder chopped off. It’s not that simple though and an engineering source informed us that the entire block needed to be stiffened and counter-balancer shafts added to the crank to iron out the inherent imbalance of a three-cylinder motor. The same source confirmed that the power and torque figures can safely be estimated to be 75 percent of the Fiat engine. Hence, expect this sub-1-litre diesel to produce 57bhp and 14.52kgm of torque, which should be sufficient for a car weighing under a tonne.

The talking point of this compact diesel engine is its class leading fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, the diesel M300 is not expected until end-2010 as the company’s diesel engine plant at Talegaon near Pune won’t be ready until then. The pricing of the M300 will be the key the car’s success in India and a high level of localisation will ensure that the M300 is very competitively priced to take on rivals like the i10 and the A-star. The worry is that the M300 with aggressive pricing could undercut the existing Spark. However, GM has something up its sleeve for that model too!

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i love the way the rear doors open. no handles on door but near the windows. wicked move. guessing no one here noticed that.
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i love the way the rear doors open. no handles on door but near the windows. wicked move. guessing no one here noticed that.

This styling is being used by Nissan in its SUV's since long time in other markets. Its new for our market though .
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i love the way the rear doors open. no handles on door but near the windows. wicked move. guessing no one here noticed that.
I guess you have not seen the previous post carefully.
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damn what a bad driver these guys have. look at the bumper at the back both sides hit!!???? wow!!

looks.... smashing

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yeah i noticed just thought everyone know it! amazing isn't.

if we can have suicide doors like phantom. or scissor doors like the lambo.

atleast we can have these doors guys any name for them??


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yeah i noticed just thought everyone know it! amazing isn't.
Looks like you guys haven't read earlier posts . It's been mentioned zillion times in this thread.
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The front looks smashing and blue color is really awesome in all these new launches.
However the back imo looks kind of first gen santroish and should have been a bit more simple and stylish.
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i love the way the rear doors open. no handles on door but near the windows. wicked move. guessing no one here noticed that.
Me thinks that it doesn't look nice. Will be a hassle to use as well,. feels like opening a fridge door.
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Old 23rd September 2009, 19:22   #205
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i think its cool. not that i will ever buy this car since i have one small car and i hate manual cars now. but all supercars and sportscars have wicked door handles. they must be doing research itself way before they put it in production right. i liked it definately. too bad ill be taking delivery of my gf's spark tomorrow morning itself.
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Was just watching Transformers 2 (revenge of the fallen). Did anyone notice those twin autobots (the good robots)? I am quite sure they transform into the Chevy Beat.
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I am quite sure they transform into the Chevy Beat.
Yes they do. But only one of them - the Skids.

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SKIDS and MUDFLAP – twin AUTOBOTS® based on Chevy’s Beat (a concept that will go into production as the Chevy Spark in 2011) and Trax concepts.
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Have some scoop pics of Chevy Beat , spot @ chennai service centre
Maruti a-star + ritzs + chevy spark = chevrolet beat...
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Me thinks that it doesn't look nice. Will be a hassle to use as well,. feels like opening a fridge door.
Lol! But its one small wow factor that ups the uniqueness of the car even if it serves no purpose.
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Been seeing this car for last 4-5 days in chinchwad area - got an opportunity of clicking today.

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And frankly speaking, I liked what i saw.
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