Friday, February 22, 2013

General Motors Indonesia's new Spin

General Motors Indonesia has completed its US$150m refurbishment of its car plant in Bekasi, a satellite city east of the country’s capital Jakarta.

The plant, with a 550-strong workforce, is set to begin commercial production of the Spin seven-seater compact MPV for sale locally and for export to other markets in the ASEAN region. A further 250 workers will be added by year-end.

The Spin is based on the similarly-named model produced by GM in Brazil but will get a smaller 1.5-litre engine instead of the 1.8 engine fitted to the Brazilian model. It will also have locally-made components, including some trim parts.

The plant will have the capacity to produce 40,000 vehicles a year once a second shift is introduced. The company expects sales to increase significantly in Indonesia with the new model from last year’s 5,643 units.