US automotive giant General Motors is planning to produce the Chevrolet Spin multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) at its plant in Bekasi, West Java starting early next year, the company said on Wednesday.
GM Chief Executive Officer, Dan Akerson, speaking at a recent annual company meeting in Detroit, United States, announced the decision, a GM press release said.
In August 2010, GM said it was investing $150 million to open an assembly plant in Bekasi on a 11 hectare plot of land to produce 40,000 units per year, and employ approximately 800 people.
“Indonesia is really happy to be one of the main markets in the world to introduce the all-new Chebvrolet Spin. Chevrolet Spin will be a vehicle produced for Indonesians by Indonesians, Chevrolet Spin will be Indonesia’s pride,” GM Southeast Asia President, Martin Apfel, said.
Chevrolet Spin seats five to seven passengers depending on the configuration and is the only vehicle offering a six speed automatic transmission in its class.
Apfel also said the decision to open the Bekasi plant is part of GM’s commitment to maintaining a strong manufacturing base in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia.