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Tata Motors launches two new cars — the Bolt hatchback & sedan in South Africa Press kit

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7 October, 2015


Key Features of Bolt hatch and sedan:

  • MULTI DRIVE modes
  • All new REVOTRON 1.2 Turbocharged MPFi Petrol engine
  • Generation next Safety with 9th gen ABS by BoschTM, Corner Stability Control (CSC) and Dual Airbags
  • ConnectNext touchscreen infotainment by HARMANTM

The new Tata Bolt hatch and sedan have arrived in South Africa, sporting stylish designs and are packed with segment first connectivity technology. Manufactured in Pune, India, the Bolt range has a new design language and offers comfortable and responsive driving experience.

“With the aim to deliver the best of products and services to our customers, we at Tata Motors are delighted to bring two new exciting products to the South African market — the dynamic sedan and the sporty hatchback, Bolt. This range, represents the new DNA of our passenger vehicles business and is the first to be produced under our Horizonext strategy,” remarked Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors.

The Bolt hatch and sedan, extends Tata South Africa’s passenger product portfolio, and offers an upgrade of distinctive style and remarkable features.

“We, at AMH, are very excited about the new Bolt Hatch and Sedan. We have no doubt that the range will be an incredible success for Tata Motors South Africa.” commented Manny de Canha, CEO, Associated Motor Holdings Pty Ltd.

Tata Bolt Sedan

The launch of HORIZONEXT, Tata Motors’ strategic plan, marked the paradigm shift in terms of fresh product design for the brand. Tata Bolt is the first vehicle from Tata Motors that clearly exemplifies the HORIZONEXT themes of Intense Product Focus, World-class Manufacturing Quality, Enriched Purchase Experience and Consistent Quality of Service for its passenger vehicle business.

The styling of the Tata Bolt sedan is based on its new design direction of ‘Confident Dynamism’. With a classy new forward pouncing stance and well-sculpted body, the design portrays a sense of power and agility. The Tata Bolt comes with a neatly-layered dashboard in Java Black for a high-tech inviting feel.

The Tata Bolt comes standard with the Revotron 1.2L Turbocharged Multi-point Fuel Injection (MPFi) petrol engine. It has been developed in conjunction with global consultancies and suppliers to deliver world-class performance in terms of power, torque and efficiency.

The Multi-Drive mode functionality is one of the key innovations in the Tata Bolt. The ‘Multi-Drive’ technology enables switching between the default, ECO and CITY mode.

Understanding the dynamic consumer’s increasing need for connectivity, the Bolt XT derivative offers its customers the ConnectNext experience which features the 5″ ConnectNext Touchscreen, Advance voice command recognition, SMS notification and read outs and  Fully Automatic Temperature Controls on the touchscreen. The Company has worked closely with HARMANTM to design and engineer an acoustic audio and infotainment system which allows the driver to stay connected.

Tata Bolt Hatchback

The word BOLT signifies speed, representing an attitude of winning and staying ahead. This attitude is embodied in the new Tata BOLT hatch in all aspects of design, drive and seamless connectivity.

The silhouette reveals smooth, flowing lines finishing in a flat edge of the spoiler. While the rear-spoiler aids in aerodynamics, the effect of the wraparound rear windows by darkened C-pillar creates a distinctive floating roof design and provides an extra sporty touch to this hatch.

The Tata Bolt hatch comes standard with DriveNext features such as the REVOTRON engine, Multi-Drive Mode and an infotainment system. The Bolt hatch powered by the REVOTRON 1.2L Turbocharged MPFi petrol engine, gives maximum power output of 66kW@5000 RPM and peak torque of 140Nm@1500-4000 RPM.

With the Multi-Drive feature, the Bolt can switch between default, ECO and CITY mode. This coupled with advanced catalytic converter to reduce toxic emissions and Smart ECU (Electronic Control Unit) with various innovative strategies, ensures a responsive performance. The dual-path suspension coupled with a zero pivot sub-frame ensures smooth and comfortable ride and the 9th generation ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) from Bosch for improved braking efficiency, and the Corner Stability Control feature, add to the safety features of the vehicle.

For Tata Bolt hatch, Tata Motors has continued its association with HARMANTM for developing the touchscreen infotainment system.

The Bolt hatchback starting retail price is R132 995 Incl. VAT, while the Bolt sedan starting retail price is R142 995 Incl. VAT. The vehicles will be available for sale, across the country in 43 Accordian dealerships as of today. The Bolt range will be available in two trims XMS and XT, respectively. The range will be available in a choice of 5 colours.

Attractively-styled, competitively priced and offering buyers the option of a five-door hatchback or a compact four-door sedan; the Bolt range is well placed to grow Tata’s share of the important B-segment.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2,62,796 crores (USD 42.04 billion) in 2014-15. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India.  With over 8 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

About Accordian Investments

Accordian Investments (Pty) Ltd, local distributor for Tata passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in South Africa, is a subsidiary of the Imperial Holdings Group which makes for great peace of mind for buyers of these vehicles. Accordian Investments has been responsible for the distribution of these Tata vehicles in SA and Namibia since 2004. Imperial, one of the major players in the SA automotive and transport industries, established Accordian Investments in 2003 as part of its Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) motor division. Based in Meadowdale in Ekurhuleni, Accordian Investments imports Tata vehicles from India and distributes them to 43 selling Tata dealers countrywide. It also provides after-sales support through a network of 59 service facilities. More than 60000 Tata vehicles have been retailed in SA since 2004 by Accordian Investments.

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