Chevrolet Spin
Unfavourable market situation for MPVs has prompted GM to cancel Spin launch. Pictured: Chevrolet SpinIBTimes India/ Ken Sunny

General Motors informed in a statement that the company will not launch the Spin MPV in 2017. The car maker said it is moving fast to respond to the changing trends and customer demand in India. GM will not proceed with the Spin MPV as the company shifts its focus to growing segments, including SUVs.

The Spin MPV was due for an India launch in 2017 and it has been showcased at the Auto Expo 2016. The MPV was part of the 10 new models GM CEO Mary Barra announced in July 2015 to be launched in a span of 5 years in India.

General Motors was testing the Spin in India and it was caught testing multiple times last year under camouflage. Chevrolet Spin was developed by the company's design and engineering teams in Brazil, with inputs from GM engineers from the Southeast Asian region. However, the market situation has shifted the car maker's focus to compact SUVs in place of MPVs in the past couple of months. While the Vitara Brezza compact SUV and Hyundai Creta sales are in top gear, sales of MPVs like last generation Innova, Honda Mobilio and the Renault Lodgy are sluggish. This could have been the reason for the cancellation of the Spin launch in India.

Chevrolet is not the only manufacturer which cancelled MPV plans. Korean car maker Hyundai was also developing an MPV for India. Hyundai has reportedly put its Hexa Space MPV project on hold, and is now concentrating on the HND-14 concept-based compact SUV.

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