JAKARTA: General Motors (GM) will produce a new seven-seater multi-purpose vehicle called Chevrolet Spin at GM's Bekasi manufacturing facility in West Java from early next year.
The move follows GM's announcement in August last year that it will invest US$150 million (S$192.2 million) in the reactivation of the 11ha Bekasi plant that will initially manufacture up to 40,000 vehicles per year and ultimately create more than 800 new jobs.
GM Southeast Asia President Martin Apfel said the Spin's entry into Indonesia's growing automobile market builds on the Chevrolet brand's century-long heritage of building vehicles that exceed the needs and desires of its customers.
"Spin is a great-looking, efficient and functional small MPV, and the only vehicle in its class to offer a six-speed automatic transmission. Spin will be affordable to purchase and - just as important - affordable to own."
The Spin will offer seating for five or seven, depending on configuration.
Promising car-like handling, flexibility, cargo carrying capability and fuel economy, the Spin has the looks of a sports utility vehicle with its muscular exterior and wide stance.
Apfel said Indonesia would be one of the first markets in the world to introduce the Spin.
"This will be a vehicle built for the people of Indonesia, by the people of Indonesia. It will be a vehicle of which Indonesia can be proud," Apfel said.