GM India to recall diesel powered Sail twins also?

Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 - 10:18am IST

GM India announced last week that 1.14 lakh units of the Chevrolet Tavera would be recalled for non compliance with emission and specification norms. Sadly, the Tavera is not the only problem for the American car maker. In the beginning of June this year, GM had stopped the production of the diesel variants of the Sail and  Sail U-VA along with the Tavera.

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The reason quoted for the Sail twins’ production coming to a halt was a ‘quality issue with the Smartech diesel engine’. Since then, we have been hearing that production of the Sails would commence by end of July or beginning of August. However, Economic Times reports that the Sail hatch and sedan could also face a possible recall.

Mr. P. Balendran, Vice President, corporate affairs, said –

We have not arrived at any decision yet to recall the Sail, but are looking at all options.

Chevrolet-Tavera-Neo3-5
A recall for the Tavera was recently initiated with 1.14 lakh units being affected.

It is believed that there are some ‘engineering issues’ with the Sail and the U-VA. The company has already identified a fix for the issues and plans to restart production within two weeks.

Meanwhile, GM has identified a fix for the Tavera and say that the catalytic converter of the MUV would be replaced. In certain cars, the fuel pipe would also be replaced. Mr. Balendran said –

We have identified the problem and the dealers have been informed on the issue to change the required spare part. The entire exercise would take around 35-45 minutes at the service station and would be performed free of charge.

[Source – Economic Times]

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7 thoughts on “GM India to recall diesel powered Sail twins also?

  1. Sujit says:

    I own a petrol UVA LS which is 5+ yrs. Its been problem free all these years. The (diesel issue) problem lies right at the top: Administrative heads. Some heads have rolled, but that still wont recover public trust.

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  2. $@! says:

    What a Bummer.

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  3. GP says:

    Was this expected of GM at a time when they returned to recapture the lost market share in Indian Auto segment? GM vows India a due explanation for ‘tweeking’ our environment and will not be surprised if the courts slap a heavy fine. Even there service levels have been falling. I own an Opel and know how difficult to find a trusted service centre for the car, lest they spoil it. Exchanging or selling a GM product looks more daunting. And just when I thought I will go for GM’s Enjoy, this news. Definitely GM should be transparent in their business and hope they understand that Indians look for ‘Economical’ models and not ‘cheap’ ones. Good Luck, GM.

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  4. NM Rao says:

    The company has cheated the customers and sold the Sail Diesel HBcars in June 2nd week despite knowing that there is a problem in engine. I purchased the SAIL UVA HB on June 10 2013.By that time the company knew very well that there is a problem related to quality control but they had not disclosed the problem and delivered the vehicle to me. Since date of purchase of the car I am experiencing engine related problems.This type of attitude is not expected from a company of International repute.

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    1. Abhinandan says:

      Sir, can you please elaborate on the nature of the problems you are facing?

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  5. Jay Termkar says:

    if this was USA…there would be many court cases against GM/Chevrolet for not adhering safety standards and playing with lives of people…

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  6. sandy says:

    This was expected; first they halt the production of diesel Sail n U-VA and now they are going to recall the sold ones to address the same issue. But its marked negative since they had started selling the Sail twins in good numbers.

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