General Motors India appears to be up to some shenanigans. In July, the company had its first vehicle recall since 1995 when 114,000 Chevrolet Tavera sport utility vehicles needed to be brought in over "emission standards and other regulatory specifications," according to Reuters. A government official who declined to be named told Reuters that the global automaker has been flouting testing regulations since that time.
A multinational team led by General Motors' Torino Engineering Center and supported by GM India Engineering has announced that production of a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbodiesel engine will start this June. The compact engine, which GM claims will offer "best-in-class fuel efficiency and performance for its size," will crank out 103 pound-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm and a reasonable 74 pound-feet at 1,250 rpm.
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General Motors over the weekend launched the Indian version of the Chevrolet Optra that runs on compressed natural gas. The Optra CNG will cost Rs. 8.10 lakh and owners of standard Optras 1.6 can get a CNG conversion kit installed for Rs 49,000 and their warranties will be retained, according to The Hindu. Convertins an Optra to CNG technically makes it a bi-fuel vehicle, since the car can still run on petrol. Nonetheless, GM will begin selling the Optra CNG in markets where CNG fuel is readily