After months of rumors and tantalizing leaks Indian automaker Tata Motors has finally unveiled the Tata Nano —
its already legendary $2,500 car. As expected, the car that
Tata claims will change the face of not only the Indian car market, but
the global auto industry will be a four door, five seat hatch, powered
by a 30 HP Bosch 624 cc four stroke engine mounted out back and mated
to a CVT. (w/pics)
Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group and Tata Motors, today
unveiled the Tata ‘NANO’, the People’s Car from Tata Motors that India
and the world have been looking forward to. A development, which
signifies a first for the global automobile industry, the People’s Car
brings the comfort and safety of a car within the reach of thousands of
families. The People’s Car will be launched in India later in 2008.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony at the 9th Auto Expo in New
Delhi, Mr. Ratan N. Tata said, "I observed families riding on
two-wheelers – the father driving the scooter, his young kid standing
in front of him, his wife seated behind him holding a little baby. It
led me to wonder whether one could conceive of a safe, affordable,
all-weather form of transport for such a family. Tata Motors’ engineers
and designers gave their all for about four years to realise this goal.
Today, we indeed have a People’s Car, which is affordable and yet built
to meet safety requirements and emission norms, to be fuel efficient
and low on emissions. We are happy to present the People’s Car to India
and we hope it brings the joy, pride and utility of owning a car to
many families who need personal mobility."
The People’s Car, designed with a family in mind, has a roomy passenger
compartment with generous leg space and head room. It can comfortably
seat four persons. Four doors with high seating position make ingress
and egress easy.
Yet with a length of 3.1 metres, width of 1.5 metres and height of
1.6 metres, with adequate ground clearance, it can effortlessly
manoeuvre on busy roads in cities as well as in rural areas. Its
mono-volume design, with wheels at the corners and the powertrain at
the rear, enables it to uniquely combine both space and
manoeuvrability, which will set a new benchmark among small cars.
When launched, the car will be available in both standard and deluxe
versions. Both versions will offer a wide range of body colours, and
other accessories so that the car can be customised to an individual’s
The People’s Car has a rear-wheel drive, all-aluminium, two-cylinder,
623 cc, 33 PS, multi point fuel injection petrol engine. This is the
first time that a two-cylinder gasoline engine is being used in a car
with single balancer shaft. The lean design strategy has helped
minimise weight, which helps maximise performance per unit of energy
consumed and delivers high fuel efficiency. Performance is controlled
by a specially designed electronic engine management system.
Meets all safety requirements
The People’s Car’s safety performance exceeds current regulatory
requirements. With an all sheet-metal body, it has a strong passenger
compartment, with safety features such as crumple zones,
intrusion-resistant doors, seat belts, strong seats and anchorages, and
the rear tailgate glass bonded to the body. Tubeless tyres further
The People’s Car’s tailpipe emission performance exceeds regulatory
requirements. In terms of overall pollutants, it has a lower pollution
level than two-wheelers being manufactured in India today. The high
fuel efficiency also ensures that the car has low carbon dioxide
emissions, thereby providing the twin benefits of an affordable
transportation solution with a low carbon footprint.
(For more information: www.tatapeoplescar.com )
About Tata Motors
Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile company, with revenues of US
$ 7.2 billion in 2006-2007. 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 Córdoba,
Argentina. The company already distributes Fiat branded cars in India.
Tata Motors’ international footprint includes 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 pick-up vehicles in
Thailand. Tata Motors has research centres in India, the U.K., and in
its subsidiary and associate companies in South Korea and Spain.
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