6 March, 2007
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group, said, â€œThis is the 10th year of our participation in the prestigious Geneva Auto Show, since 1998 when we unveiled the Tata Indica. In the past decade, Tata Motors has developed a portfolio of cars, enriched with contemporary features. Several of the design cues of the Tata Elegante are incorporated in the forthcoming generation of Indica and Indigo cars.â€
The Tata Elegante, larger than the current Indigo sedan, is conceptualised to incorporate 4 cylinder transverse petrol and diesel engines from 1.4 litres through to 2 litres and a compact V6 petrol power unit. Common rail direct injection turbo diesel engines with variable valve timing and capabilities to comply with Euro V emissions norms will also be available. Power varies from 90 to 200 PS with torque of upto 280 Nm. Transmission options include 6 speed manual and automatic gearboxes.
Besides meeting all European safety, crash-worthiness and emission standards, the Tata Eleganteâ€™s features include satellite navigation system, cruise control, integrated blue tooth compatibility, heated mirrors, rain sensor, front and rear parking sensors, and many other contemporary features.
Tata Motors is also displaying a redesigned Tata Pick-up which is fitted with a 2.2 litre 140 PS common rail direct injection Euro IV compliant diesel engine. With superior styling and comfort features as well as safety features such as ABS and airbags, 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 Tata Pick-up will also be manufactured in Thailand and will be marketed in Tata Motorsâ€™ existing European, Asean and African markets. Tata and the Fiat Group are also actively exploring the manufacture and marketing of this vehicle in Latin America.
Also on display, are the latest versions of the Tata Indica hatchback, the Tata Indigo SW station wagon and the Tata Safari DiCOR sports utility vehicle. 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$ 5.5 billion in 2005-06. 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, and South East Asia and in Australia. Tata Motors and Fiat Auto have announced the formation of an industrial joint venture in India to manufacture passenger cars, engines and transmissions for the Indian and overseas markets. Tata Motors already distributes Fiat-branded cars in India. The companyâ€™s 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.
About Tata Group
The Tata Group is Indiaâ€™s best-known and most respected industrial group with revenues in 2005-06 of US$ 22 billion. The business operations of the Tata Group encompass seven sectors – Engineering, Materials, Energy, Chemicals, Consumer Products, Services, and Communications and Information Systems.