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Production of the Chevrolet Spin for the ASEAN region has kicked off at the new GM plant in Bekasi, Indonesia. Aside from the domestic market, the sub-compact MPV – which made its debut at the Indonesian International Motor Show last year – will also be exported to the Phillipines and Thailand, where it was introduced last month.

The entry-level seven-seater, designed and engineered by GM do Brasil with input from ASEAN teams, will be available with a trio of engine options, these being two petrol units (1.5 litre and 1.2 litre) and a 1.3 litre turbodiesel.

In the case of the 1.5 litre petrol, output figures are 107 PS at 6,000 rpm and 148 Nm at 3,800 rpm for twin-cam, Dual-VVT mill, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with driver shift control. Meanwhile, the 1.3 litre turbodiesel is good for 75 PS and 190 Nm, with a five-speed manual transmission in the mix.

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Other numbers for the 4.36 metre-long Spin include a 2,620 mm-long wheelbase, a cargo capacity of 162 litres in its seven-seater configuration, increasing to 864 litres with the rear-most seats folded and 1,608 litres with both rear rows folded. Ride height is 191 mm, and the Spin rides on 15-inch wheels and 195/65 profile tyres.

Like Thailand, the Spin will be available in Indonesia in its LTZ trim, with standard features on the 1,277 kg model including front/rear air-conditioning, a four-speaker CD/MP3 player, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, ABS and dual airbags.

Annual output hasn’t been mentioned, but the 58,000 sq metre Bekasi facility has the capability to build 40,000 Spins a year – 80% of the Spins manufactured in Indonesia will stay in Indonesia, with the remainder exported to Thailand and the Philippines.