GM India suspends production of diesel variants of Tavera and Sail

Posted on: Jun 9, 2013 - 3:29am IST

Our friends at are reporting that GM India has stopped the production of the BS III version of the Chevrolet Tavera and the diesel variants of Sail sedan and Sail U-VA due to product defects.

Dealerships across India have been notified to not sell these cars until further notification.

Chevrolet Sail sedan front

While the exact problem is unknown, the American automaker has clarified to AutoX that it is not a safety issue. GM India has also clarified that this issue is only restricted to the diesel models.

The company says that there is an emission issue with the BSIII version of the Tavera. As for the Sail sedan and Sail U-VA diesel, GM India states that there is ‘quality issue’ with the Smartech diesel engine.

This engine is a variation of the Multijet diesel which was co-developed by GM and Fiat. The interesting bit is that this engine also makes a home under the bonnet of the Enjoy MPV but no directives have been issued for the MPV. GM manufactures the 1.3L engine in its Talegaon plant.

We are awaiting further clarifications on these defects. We suspect there could be a recall on the cards from GM India.


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5 thoughts on “GM India suspends production of diesel variants of Tavera and Sail

  1. vijay says:

    i bought sail sedan diesel and within a month the engine seized for which they changed the whole engine and again within a month after replacing the second engine also the company wants to change the engine for the third time in just three months.i have approached consumer court for refund.

    1. Praveen says:

      Hi Sir,
      can you please share your mobile number for more clarification, because i am also one of the owner of the sail.

  2. Ayyappan says:

    This is bit of a let down, if the reports are true. The Sail Sedan and Enjoy has got off to very promising starts, with good sales numbers to show. Considering the engineering talent they’ve on board, hope they sort it out soon.

  3. sandy says:

    Well, are they going to recall the already sold product?

  4. sadsack says:

    The two engines in the Tavera and Sail cars are different. The BS III engine in the Tavera is the old GM engine (I think only the BS IV engine is bought from ICML) and the one in the Sail is the derivative of the Fiat Multijet. Perhaps in the latter case, it is the car (chassis+engine) which is the problem rather than the engine alone. Whatever it is, GM may never allow the truth to come out.


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