General Motors will shut down the operations at its manufacturing unit at Talegaon, Maharashtra, India on Dec 25 in keeping with its plans to consolidate operations in the Asian nation.
According to media reports, the company has already sold the other plant it owned in Halol, Gujarat in 2017 to SAIC, a Chinese holding company, which now owns Morris Garages (MG Motors). The consolidation comes close on the heels of its only Indian subsidiary, Chevrolet discontinuing car sales under that brand domestically.
However, the Talegaon plant continued to operate as a hub for manufacturing vehicles for exports. The plant, which employed 1,800 workers, could produce 130,000-160,000 cars on an annual basis, primarily making hatchbacks such as the Chevy Spark for sale in Mexico.
The facility was initially slated for sale to China’s Great Wall Motors but the deal was put on hold amid rising tensions among the two neighboring countries.