Tata Motors exhibits Nano’s international avatar

March 3rd, 2009 - 6:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Geneva, March 3 (IANS) Tata Motors, makers of the $2,500 Nano small car, have decided to offer the world’s least expensive passenger vehicle in the international market, the company announced at the Geneva Motor Show Tuesday.
Called the Tata Nano Europa, the international variant “is intended for a future launch in select international markets”, the company said.

Nano, which was first unveiled during the Auto Expo in New Delhi last year, captured global headlines for its dirt-cheap pricing, and later when its manufacturing plant had to be shifted from Singur in West Bengal to Gujarat following a land row.

As a result of the land row in West bengal and relocation, Tata Motors had to delay Nano’s launch from last October to March 23 this year.

“In India, the Nano will be launched on March 23, and the cars will be on display at company dealerships from the first week of April,” Tata Motors chairman Ratan Tata said.

“The Nano has also generated wide interest in developed countries since its unveiling in Delhi and its presentation here last year. We are delighted to present the Nano Europa for future launch in such markets,” he added.

The company said that Nano Europa would include safety equipment like anti-lock braking system, electronic stability programme and air bags, which are missing from the no-frills, stripped-down Indian variant.

The carmaker also displayed its concept sedan Tata Prima, and the electronic variant of its compact Indica Vista, which Tata Motors is developing in collaboration with Norwegian auto R&D company Miljo Grenland and industrial innovation developer Innovasjon, also of Norway.

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