SAIC Motor India first car manufacturing facility in the country to come soon, announces key appointments at the helm of Indian subsidiary called as MG Motor India.
SAIC MOTOR CORPORATION LIMITED, one of the biggest corporations in the world and the largest automobile giant in China, today announced its plan to enter the Indian automobile market through a fully-owned car manufacturing facility in the country. Ranked 46th in the Fortune Global 500 list, with an annual revenue of over USD 100 Billion, SAIC Motor is pleased to be part of the expanding Indian automotive market, slated to be the third-biggest in the world by the year 2020.
The operations, which are expected to begin in 2019,will create sizeable employment opportunities under the “Make in India” and “Skill India” initiatives and positively contribute to the economic development of the region. The company is in the process of finalizing its manufacturing facility and is firming up its product strategy for the Indian market, details of which will be announced at a later stage.
SAIC Motor’s vision for India is to deliver mobility solutions under the iconic “MG” (Morris Garages) brand. The MG brand, which originated as an iconic British Racing Sports Brand in the year 1924, has evolved into a modern-day innovative brand through the last 93 years. MG products that are designed and engineered at its European & Global Design Centres, will now also be manufactured in India while conforming to global quality standards and aligning with the Indian regulations, emission norms and driving conditions.
SAIC Motor adopts the global standard in developing high quality products in various markets where it is located across the globe including UK, USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Middle East, South East Asia, Thailand and Indonesia. SAIC Motor has also established its ‘Overseas Innovation Center’ in Silicon Valley, California.
Over the years, both its MG and Maxus brands have respectively emerged as one of the fastest growing brands in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Thailand. SAIC Motor’s recent launch of a breakthrough ‘internet car’ in collaboration with Alibaba in the ‘connected car space’ is a new milestone in the global automotive industry which has seen unprecedented success.
Mr. Rajeev Chaba, a veteran with over two decades of experience in the automotive sector will be the President and Managing Director of MG Motor India. He joins MG Motor India with a wealth of global experience, proven track record and a very good local insight. Rajeev’s last assignment was as global COO in Vanguard Logistics, USA and as an operating partner of ManCapital, a UK based Private equity firm. Prior to that, he had worked in world class automobile companies in senior positions at different locations including Dubai, India, Japan and China.
Mr. P. Balendran, also with a wealth of experience in the auto sector has been appointed as the Executive Director. Mr. Balendran has joined MG Motor India after spending over 18 years in global automobile companies in senior positions. Before that, he had also worked in many other organizations and renowned companies within India and abroad in various senior positions.