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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tata Motors

07 June, 2017

Tata Motors has always had a strong pioneering spirit. Under our sub-brand, TAMO, we recently introduced India's first sports car - Racemo. We have taken huge steps down the road to sustainability by launching India's first CNG bus, a Hydrogen fuel cell bus and a wide range of Electric and Hybrid buses. We have introduced world class trucks on Indian roads with the Prima, Ultra and Signa. Tata Ace was another first from us, a small truck that is ideal for last mile delivery.

Here's a list of things about us that you may not know.

  • Tata Motors is 70 years old. We started out as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (TELCO) in 1945. And yes, we made locomotives!
  • Our first trucks bore the Mercedes logo as we had a technical collaboration with Daimler Benz.
  • Three of our trucks took part in the Geneva-Bombay rally in 1955, travelling 8,000 miles without a breakdown. Here's JRD Tata greeting the drivers.
  • We have been exporting our trucks for more than 50 years and today, we export them to 45 countries! Our first exports were trucks to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1961.
  • In 1969, the Mercedes three-pointed star gave way to the 'T' for Tata. A time for celebration!
  • Launched in 1986, the Tata 407 shattered Indo-Jap competition including Eicher-Mitsubishi, DCM Toyota, Swaraj Mazda and Allwyn-Nissan. Popularly known as just the '407' the vehicle transformed the light commercial vehicle space with an Indian built solution.
  • Tata Sumo, our first multi-utility vehicle, was named after Sumant Moolgaokar, a former MD of Tata Motors.
  • Tata Motors supplies fully armoured combat vehicles to the Indian Army. That relationship goes back decades. Here's a picture from the archives:
  • What was Made-in-India with fully Indian technology? The Indica, India's first fully-indigenous car!
  • More recently, Tata Prima, the 'World Truck', competes directly with the Volvos, the Mercedes and the Scanias of the world, not just in terms of design but also in terms of cabin comfort and engine performance. Tata Motors also has a one-make racing series called the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, with the 2017 edition hosting the sport's First Woman Driver.

Did you already know some or all of these facts? Let us know in the comments below!

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