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There has been big news in the Indian automotive industry with General Motors recalling large numbers of the Tavera multi-utility vehicles. It is estimated that 114,000 Chevrolet Tavera utility vehicles have been recalled.
This was due to a problem with the statutory emission norms. It is believed that with General Motors may have manipulated the weight and engine performance in the Tavera during emissions testing and certification.
It led to 30-35 executives being asked to leave from two of their plants in Talegaon, Maharashtra, and Halol, Gujarat, and its corporate office in National Capital Region from various functions of quality, engineering and operations, including their senior research and development official last week. with General Motors said on that it had dismissed the workers for violating unspecified company policies.
They plan to spend a huge amount of money to fix and update the cars this includes fixing diesel engines in the recalled vehicles in order to comply with India’s statutory BS III and BS IV emission norms
Even with the recall and cost of all these cars General Motors is still likely to be hit with fine from the Central Motor Vehicle Rules for misrepresenting emissions data to the Automotive Research Association of India, the official testing agency.
The cost of the recoil is staggering this all started when an internal audit prompted a production shutdown no Taveras were sold in June and July. GM said they would make changes to vehicles built as far back as 2005 and perform the required engineering validation. It gave no timetable for notifying customers and doing the work.
Before the recall General Motors were making a loss and this financial hit comes at a time when the entire sector is suffering from weak consumer demand. The recall is a huge setback fro GM’s growth in India, not to mention the damaging effect it has had on their reputation worldwide. Lowell Paddock reassured customers that they were at the center of everything they do
with General Motors “We take these matters very seriously and hold our leaders and employees to high standards,” the company said. “When those standards are not met, we will take the appropriate action to hold employees accountable.”
Recall likely to cost General Motors around $80 million
Looking at the issue with with General Motors you can see how important it is to get your product documentation correct. Every now and again you here of a recall on the news, no company wants to lose money and no company wants to lose $80 million.