The company expects to sell 5,000 units per month of the newly launched Chevrolet Beat, Karl Slym, president and managing director of General Motors India, said.

The Beat can be a real game changer in the Indian mini-car segment, Slym told reporters after launching the compact hatchback.

The car will sell in India with price tag starting from 334,000 rupees ($7,111).

In December, the U.S. automaker had said it would form a joint venture with China's SAIC Motor Corp (600104.SS) in India in the first quarter of 2010 to make and sell small cars, mini commercial vehicles and other products. ($1=46.4 rupees) (Reporting by Janaki Krishnan; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan)