1 March, 2006
TheTata Cliffrideris derived from the Tata “Crossover” C oncept, which was originally unveiled at the last Geneva Auto Show. Sporting a silhouette like a high-slung sedan, theTata Cliffrideris a dynamic package that combines lifestyle and sporty usage with the practical functionality of a pick-up truck. The Concept showcases Tata Motors’ idea of how a utility product could evolve in future for the discerning customer through a truly multi-purpose, multi-terrain usage of a car.
The exterior styling cues carry forward the visual theme of the Tata Crossover. The door trims show a continuity of form due to the disguised central pillar, with the front door hinged at its leading edge and the rear door at its trailing edge, allowing better access to the rear seats. The interior emphasises space and elegance with an innovative ventilation system and driver-oriented instrumentation stylishly packaged in the steering column. Long beam lights mounted on the roll bar and a load-body suited to carry mountain bikes, skis or snowboards reinforce the “fun and adventure” image. It can also carry goods in the load tray which can be hidden from view as well as protected from weather conditions by a sliding cover.
Configured to be fitted with a range of Euro IV engines, including a V6 Petrol and next generation Common Rail diesel power trains, it would offer multiple airbags, ABS, Traction Control, Navigation Control and a host of other contemporary features. TheTata Cliffriderwould be available in 4×2 as well as 4×4 versions.
Also on display is the Tata Crossover, further updated from the Concept that Tata Motors unveiled last year. The Indica Hatchback, Indigo Sedan, Indigo Station Wagon and the Safari DiCOR Sports Utility Vehicle are also being showcased at the ongoing exposition.
Mr. Ravi Kant, Managing Director, Tata Motors, said, ” TheTata CliffriderConcept vehicle further demonstrates Tata Motors’ commitment to innovate and address new product categories.”
About Tata Motors
Tata Motors, the flagship company of the Tata Group, is India ‘s largest automobile company, with revenues of US$ 4.7 billion in 2004-05. With over 3 million Tata vehicles plying in India , it is the leader by far in commercial vehicles and the second largest in passenger cars. It is also the world’s fifth largest medium and heavy truck manufacturer and the second largest medium and heavy bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and trucks are already being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and South East Asia and in Australia . The company acquired the Daewoo Commercial Vehicles Company, Korea ‘s second largest truck maker, in 2004. In 2005, it acquired a 21% stake in Hispano Carrocera, the reputed Spanish bus and coach manufacturer.
The Tata Group is one of India’s largest and most respected business conglomerates, with a leadership position in Engineering, Materials, Energy, Consumer Products, Services and Communication, Hotels and Information Systems with revenues in 2004-05 of $17.8 billion.