An upgraded version of the Chevrolet Captiva SUV with a smaller but more efficient engine has started to roll off the assembly line at GM Uzbekistan, a joint venture between General Motors and Uzbek automaker Uzavtoprom. GM is a 25% stake holder in the venture.

A three-litre, 258hp unit replaces the 3.2-litre, 230hp unit and the company said that it plans to produce about 500 between now and the end of the year, all for the domestic market.

GM Uzbekistan launched assembly of the GM Korean-made Captiva in late 2007 and has produced around 5,500 to date, nearly all for the domestic market. cars of this model. The facility has a projected annual capacity of 250,000.