Delhi: General Motors India has unveiled the Chevrolet
Forester, its first vehicle since it reintroduced the
brand last month.
latest offering from GM India is designed and built
by Japanese All-Wheel-Drive specialist Fuji Heavy Industries
(FHI), which markets its performance-oriented products
under the Subaru brand. It will be premiering at select
dealerships across India from 10 March 2003 and will
be available for deliveries immediately thereafter.
Chevrolet Forester, manufactured by FHI, will be imported
from Japan. GM Corporation, the parent of GM India,
has a 20-per cent stake in FHI. Priced at Rs 15.59 lakh
ex-showroom, Delhi, the Chevrolet Forester will be a
very attractive alternative to D-segment cars and for
those on the lookout for a vehicle with performance-oriented
sports utility vehicle (SUV) traits.
GM India president and managing director Aditya Vij:
The Chevrolet Foresters symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive
system is truly one of the wonders of automobile engineering.
It not only provides direct power to all four wheels
at all times but also automatically matches the torque
to each individual wheel, maintaining amazing traction
and road grip. The horizontally opposed Boxer engine
and the limited slip viscous-type rear differential
allow for a well-balanced vehicle, making it ideal for
wide range of driving conditions.
Forester has luxurious interiors with large cabin space.
The cabin is an expansive 1,455 mm and there is more
room to stretch out legs in the front and rear areas.
The driver has the assurance of clear, easy-to-read
instruments and an improved field of vision, while the
passenger can make the most of dual cup-holders and
plenty of storage, including an umbrella compartment.
fact, the Forester combines luxury and practicality
in its ergonomically advanced design visible in various
features such as its body hugging captain seats for
driver and co-driver. The safety of occupants is a key
highlight of the Forester AWD. The antilock braking
system (ABS), dual-front airbags and even the placement
of the horizontally-opposed engine are some of the smart
active and passive safety features.
GM Asia Pacific (Japan) president and representative
director Raymond G Grigg: In the Asia Pacific
region, GM continues to build a strong base for growth
by expanding its manufacturing footprint, forging strong
alliances and tailoring products to local market conditions
and needs. GM has recently introduced the Chevrolet
in India. It will represent the smart choice in the
mainstream market, delivering better value through styling,
features and performance.
Vij: India has been identified as one of the key
growth markets in the region by the corporation. With
this in mind, we are stepping up the speed at which
we introduce new product and widen our product portfolio.
So stay tuned. We believe that the Chevrolet Forester
holds great promise for the uncompromising buyer.
SUV has earned itself a very high reputation in fiercely
competitive markets like the US and the UK because of
its unique features, powerful engine, convenient All-Wheel-Drive
and precise handling. By introducing the Forester to
the Indian market, we offer the customer the opportunity
to select what we consider the best in its segment.
India is a fully owned subsidiary of GM Corporation
of the US with its state-of-the-art facility located
at Halol, near Baroda in Gujarat. It is currently offering
the Opel Astra, Corsa, Swing and the Vectra to its customers.