Roughly three months back, the company announced its entry into India with their first product launch in 2019
Just a few months back, SAIC Motor owned, MG Motors officially announced its entry into India. At the time, the company declared that their first product will be launched in 2019. Today, the company took a step in that direction with the inauguration of its first manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat. This isn’t a newly-established plant. The company has bought out the General Motors’ facility and now plans to invest Rs 2000 crore customising and upgrading it as per their product requirements.
Rajeev Chaba, President, and Managing Director, MG Motor India said, “Today is a watershed moment for the MG brand in India with the inauguration of our first-ever manufacturing facility here. Overall, we aim to positively contribute to the ecosystem here in Gujarat including all stakeholders by generating employment opportunities for local talent, leveraging the capable supplier base and contributing to the overall benefit of the society and community here.”
The plant is spread over an area of 170 acres and has a capacity to produce 80,000 units every year. In the official statement, the company also said that they have hired 70 personnel at the plant already.
“The Morris Garages brand already has a huge resonance in India with at least 500 owners in India since 1924, when the brand was first established in the UK. These owners and many passionate fans have expressed their curiosity, keenly anticipating the brand’s return to India. The first product will roll out from here in 2019, blending MG’s true DNA with modern British design language,” Chaba added.
In May this year, General Motors announced its withdrawal from the Indian market. While the company will continue to produce vehicles in India, they will refrain from selling them here. The units produced will be solely for the export market. General Motor had two manufacturing facilities in India – in Chakan (Maharashtra) and Halol (Gujarat). While the America car maker’s Gujarat facility has been taken over by MG Motor, the Maharashtra facility will continue production for exports.