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GM to launch all future cars from new platform; rolls out Cruze

autos Updated: Oct 12, 2009 20:45 IST

US car maker General Motors on Monday said all its future products in India will be designed on the new generation platform and introduced Chevrolet Cruze, the first car built on the platform in the country.

The company launched its premium sedan Chevrolet Cruze on Monday at an introductory price of Rs 10.99-12.45 lakh (ex- showroom, Delhi) under its commitment to roll out 'exciting' products in India after the emergence from bankruptcy in June.

With a slew of launches lined up for the next couple of months, General Motors India, the wholly-owned subsidiary of the US car giant General Motors, is aiming for a 10 per cent jump in its sales this year, while eyeing for even a more healthy growth in 2010.

"Cruze is the first product from our third generation 300 -series platform. Although our existing models will continue from the current platforms, all our future products in India will come out from this new platform," General Motors India President and Managing Director Karl Slym told reporters in New Delhi.

The second car from the 300-series would be the mini car Beat, to be launched by early next year, he added.

"After that we will launch a smaller car than Cruze, like that of Aveo, from this new platform," Slym said, adding the new car similar to its existing sedan Aveo would be unveiled in the next 18 months.

The company has developed the Cruze in Germany, but it received inputs from all of its R&D teams across the globe.

"When three months ago new GM was born, we committed to build new and exciting cars for all our markets. Cruze is part of that commitment," Slym said.