原文标题：General Motors turns to China to crack India's tough car market
General Motors Co began initial production of its first ever Chinese-designed car for the Indian market this week, a major step for the US automaker as it tries to scale up in a market where foreign companies have struggled.
India's love for the small car and its highly-competitive, price-sensitive market has confounded many of the world's major automakers, who wrestle with lacklustre market shares against small car focused brands selling India-specific models.
The compact Sail, sold as a sedan and hatchback, will go on sale next month as the first model designed by GM's Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp, the president of GM India told Reuters in an interview at a factory in western India.
"What (SAIC) bring to us is more of a regional focus and more of an emerging market focus," GM India's Lowell Paddock said. "Sail is in some ways perhaps the first vehicle designed with primarily Asian customer requirements."
SAIC holds a 50 percent stake in the Indian unit. A larger passenger van from SAIC's stable will begin production in India by the end of 2012.
Unlike in China, where GM and Volkswagen AG top the passenger vehicle market with a combined 30 percent share, all foreign automakers combined -- excluding Hyundai -- account for less than 25 percent of the Indian market, despite billions of dollars in investment and decades of toil.
Derrick Dias (Goa)
The majority of Indians are price sensitive and mileage sensitive so any car needs to fulfill this criteria. At the moment only the Maruti 800 came close but Indian alss want a change. The Chinese are good at cutting cost
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Charles (Abu Dhabi) replies to Derrick Dias
Not majority of Indians only but all other nationalities too are price sensitive. We should instead focus on getting the best quality @ a cheap price & not cheap price with bad quality as is presently done by China.
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Negi SS (noida)
competition will definitly boost chances of jobs and it will help to improve the quality. Small cars are welcome here for middle class buyers.
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Malaysian government bought Chinese buses to last 10 years but lasted only 2 years ! As such now turned to Scania-Sweden which has quality and has track record
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We should boycott all GM models that are not fully designed & manufactured in India.Seriously, what were they thinking ? who hired the morons that said Chinese cars could be sold to Indians....
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Good move...let us see how they stand in Indian market
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Beware Indian Buyers, These cars will be made with metal mixed with lead, like Chinese did with toys
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GM - You want a real game changer? Work on your mileage capability. For that you have to go back to your drawing board to the US and not china. Aim for a 30 plus mileage capability and you can swat the competition!!!
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V K Manglik (NOIDA)
I have GM car. The problems are- (1) Their service centres are highly user unfriendly. (2) They leave many things unchecked in the car. (3) Service centres do not have adequate spare parts. (4) Average Km per litre of petrol is much lower than claimed. Therefore, GM can never pick up Indian market more so when chinese goods are known for junk quality in India. Durability of chinese manufactured can not be expected to be more than 1-2 years coupled with poor service centres of GM.
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Chandrani Guha (Jamshedpur)
OMG! ATROCIOUS! CHINESE DESIGNED CARS !! WE ARE ALL AWARE OF CHINESE PRODUCTS. HOPE WE WILL BE CAUTIOUS TO BUY THE CAR. WE DO NOT , WILL NOT %26 CANNOT SUPPORT IT. GM MOTORS PLEASE STOP IT !
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Anthony Punnoliparambil (Dubai)
Ford has to think out of the box. They still think India is a third world country and anything can be sold.
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we dont want cars manufactured in china,let GM open its manufacturing plant in india and sell in all over the world.
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Antonio Barbosa (Goa)
GM will never be able to compete in the Indian market. Their thinking has to change. They still have India, a poor, sick nation in their mind.
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If this happens we can soon see a news .... Car hits a bycycle and the car tore off... Car driver seriously injured .. Welcoem Chnia ......
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Muthu Kumar (Bangalore, India)
It is inevitable. A question of survival. Fluctuating market share, price wars, poor support from the government are the major factors making the manufacturers to rethink such ideas. Even though it is healthy for the company, it is not good for Indian economy.
Jyoti Kumar Jain (NOIDA)
The secret of India Market is better value for the rupee spent. Unless GM product is better in mileage & quality & after sales service and price is lower, it cannot succeed.
Nothing from China and SriLanka until resolution of TN fishermen beatings, Kachatheevu, devolution of powers to Sri Lankan Tamils, and closing of Chinese and Pakistani bases if any in SL for me (China, Pakistan and Sri Lankans are buddies now. They have dreams of carving up India's south).
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Ramesh (India) replies to Joe
Hello Joe, look at your statement - you are the one thinking of carving up things through segregation of population and hatred/intolerance for others. Look at what madmen are doing in places like Mumbai, Telangana, etc purely for votebank politics - is this any different ? First we hate our own neighbouring countries, then our own states, then our own cities, then our own localities, then the neighbours on our own streets, then our own family members .. there is no end to this madness if we go on that path. On the other hand, if people understand that we can all live happily and prosper ONLY if we have tolerance/respect, and think of everyone's interests as if they are our own. Otherwise we all will be using our precious resources and creativity in needless destructive activities causing us all more misery and no good. God bless!
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Abhishek (Bangalore) replies to Ramesh
Joe is right. It's not about hatred but practicality. Why support your enemies? They will not, DO NOT, share your compassion.
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Quality , Warranty, Parts availability, price and your local dealer strength and weakness are key for any Vehicle manufacture success and failure. Toyota is best example in India and Toyota assured Indian market the quality which are far from other competitors and Innova a huge success.We Indian no choice but to accept Maurti in earlier days. China produces mass but poor quality in their production.
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