In­dia says Tata for now

Air­con­di­tion­ing is ex­tra but all In­dia wants a Nano, writes NEIL McDON­ALD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

BUY­ERS are swamp­ing Tata dealers across In­dia to put de­posits on the world’s cheapest car, the $3000 Nano.

The car went on sale on Tues­day and the first de­liv­er­ies will be­gin in July.

Dealers re­ported long queues of buy­ers and the wait­ing list stands at a year.

The Nano has been de­signed with low cost in mind.

The four-door five-seater has a 22kW 624cc twocylin­der rear en­gine and a four­speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

En­gi­neers have trimmed the car to ap­peal to In­di­ans trad­ing up from a mo­tor­cy­cle.

There’s no air­con­di­tion­ing, elec­tric win­dows or power steer­ing, though buy­ers can pay for th­ese op­tions in two deluxe mod­els, the CX and LX.

The Tata Cor­po­ra­tion also in­tends to launch a bet­terequipped, larger-en­gined Nano in Europe.

Tata is build­ing a new plant in Gu­jarat, west­ern In­dia, to build the car and will pro­duce be­tween 250,000-500,000 Nanos a year.

The Tata Cor­po­ra­tion also owns Jaguar and Land Rover.

It bought the Bri­tish com­pa­nies for $3.3 bil­lion last year.

Bar­gain:

head of the Tata group, Ratan Tata and the Nano.

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