4 March, 2008
Tata Motors today presented at the 78th Geneva Motor Show the Tata Nano, the People’s Car, and three other vehicles, the new generation Indica, the new Safari DICOR 2.2 VTT and the Xenon.
The Nano will first be launched in India later in 2008. The new generation Indica will be launched in the latter part of 2008 in international markets. The Safari DICOR 2.2 VTT and the Xenon have just been introduced in select markets.
Speaking on the occasion at the Geneva Motor Show, Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group and Tata Motors said, â€œ1998, when we displayed the Indica at Geneva, marked our entry into passenger cars. The last decade has been a period of significant development in Tata Motor’s™ capabilities. The display of the Nano, which is a first for the global automobile industry, and the new generation Indica signifies this in-house progression.
The Nano is designed as an all-weather, safe family car at an affordable price. When launched in India, the car will be available in both standard and deluxe versions. The standard version has been priced at Rs.100,000 (about US$2500 / Euro1700), excluding VAT and transportation cost.
The Nano can comfortably seat four persons. Its mono-volume design will set a new benchmark among small cars. It has a rear-wheel drive, all-aluminium, two-cylinder, 623 cc, 24.6 kW, multi point fuel injection petrol engine.
Its safety performance exceeds regulatory requirements in India. Its tailpipe emission performance too exceeds regulatory requirements. In terms of overall pollutants, it has a lower pollution level than two-wheelers being manufactured in India today. The lean design strategy has helped minimise weight, which helps maximise performance per unit of energy consumed and delivers high fuel efficiency. The high fuel efficiency of the car results in low carbon dioxide emissions, thereby providing the twin benefits of an affordable transportation solution with a low carbon footprint.
The new Indica
The new generation Indica has been given a complete makeover. The new Indica is bigger than the current Indica with a length of 3795 mm (existing 3675 mm), width of 1695 mm, height of 1550 mm and wheelbase of 2470 mm (existing 2400 mm). The rear sloping wind screen also increases the sense of spaciousness in the passenger cabin. The new Indica will be available with a new range of world class diesel and petrol engines and transmissions with a new suspension. The car will be offered with the new 1.3 litre Quadra-Jet Common Rail Direct Injection Diesel engine and 1.2 and 1.4 litre Safire MPFI VVT Petrol engines, in addition to existing Tata powertrains. The new engines will be manufactured at the new Tata-Fiat joint venture plant in India.
The new Safari DICOR 2.2 VTT
The Safari is powered by a 2.2 litre 103 kW common rail direct injection Euro IV compliant diesel engine. The new styling and comfort features are complemented by convenience and safety features, such as ABS and airbags.
The Xenon is also equipped with a 2.2 litre 103 kW common rail direct injection Euro IV compliant diesel engine. With superior styling, comfort and safety features this is a versatile pick up truck suited for business as well as leisure applications. It is offered in single cabin, double cabin and space cabin versions in 4×2 as well as 4×4 configurations. Superior fuel mileage and better payload capacity make it a profitable choice for commercial and personal usage. While continuing to be manufactured in India, the Xenon will also be manufactured in Thailand and will be marketed in Tataâ€™s existing European, Asean and African markets.
The Tata range has been selling in select European markets since 1993 and has continued to gain increasing response year after year.
About Tata Motors
Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile company, with revenues of US$7.2 billion in 2006-07. With over 4 million Tata vehicles plying in India, it is the leader in commercial vehicles and the second largest in passenger vehicles. It is also the world’s fifth largest medium and heavy truck manufacturer and the second largest heavy bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and South America. Tata Motors and Fiat Auto have formed an industrial joint venture in India to manufacture passenger cars, engines and transmissions for the Indian and overseas markets; Tata Motors also has an agreement with Fiat Auto to build a pick-up vehicle at CÃ³rdoba, Argentina. The company already distributes Fiat-branded cars in India. Tata Motors’ international footprint include Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Co. Ltd. in South Korea; Hispano Carrocera, a bus and coach manufacturer of Spain in which the company has a 21% stake; a joint venture with Marcopolo, the Brazil-based body-builder of buses and coaches; and a joint venture with Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant Company of Thailand to manufacture and market pickup vehicles in Thailand. Tata Motors has research centres in India, the UK, and in its subsidiary and associate companies in South Korea and Spain.
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The Tata Group is one of India’s largest and most respected business conglomerates, with revenues in 2006-07 of $28.8 billion, the equivalent of about 3.2 per cent of the country’s GDP, and the international revenues of the Group in 2006-07 were US$ 10.8 billion, contributing to 38% of the total Group revenues. Tata companies together employ over 300,000 people.