Brand New $2,500 Tata Nano Catches Fire in Mumbai

Thursday March 25th, 2010 at 7:33 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

Tata Motors Nano FireWorlds cheapest car makes one expensive barbecue

While U.S. attention is focused on the Toyota recall debacle, India is wondering why Tata Nanos are bursting into flames. So far at least four $2,500 Nanos have caught on fire. The three previous fires were caused by a faulty switch placed near the steering wheel. Tata has ordered an investigation to find the culprit for the newest barbecued Nano.

Tata Motors has publicly stated that the fire was an isolated incident and is considering adding another round of quality control checks for the Nano. Satish Sawant, an insurance broker and owner of the cooked Nano, did not notice his car was on fire. “I have no idea what happened. A motorcycle rider overtook me and told me that the vehicle was on fire. The engine was behind me and I did not realize that the car was on fire,” he said.

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Jaguar and Land Rover To Debut In Indian Market

Wednesday May 6th, 2009 at 10:55 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Jaguar and Land Rover

Believe it or not, Jaguar and Land Rovers have never been officially sold in the Indian market. That’s about to change, officially, and it has everything to do with the fact that, business-wise, Jag and Landy are now Indian brands. As most of you know, Jaguar and Land Rover were acquired not to long ago by Tata, one of India’s largest automakers. Dubbed the “Jaguar Land Rover” premiere car group, they will enter the Indian market for the first time later this year. The first showroom scheduled to be open in Worli, Mumbai, in June this year. Initially only the Jaguar XF and XK, and the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover models will be offered.

“We are delighted to be formally entering the Indian market, an economy which is still growing appreciably, and able to offer our premium products to a whole new group of customers. It is an important strategic move for Jaguar Land Rover and will enable us to realize our competitive potential in this significant market,” said David Smith, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover.

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51,000 Nanos Pre-Ordered In Five Days

Tuesday April 14th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Tata Nano

Damn! I guess Tata, the company behind the Nano, the car destined to be the cheapest of all, was right with their marketing research. The Nano, which will sell for 2 grand (which is about the down payment on a minivan) was expected to cause waves and sell big, but even Tata says this is unexpected. Tata had decided to take a page from Amazon et al’s playbook and allow people to “pre-order” one of the little guys, rather than have to stock up and store bunches of the cars.

In just five days Tata has already sold over 51,000 “booking forms” (Tata’s term for the pre-orders) to its dealers and individual customers, along with another 30,000 or so being taken from Tata business partners. Just to get an order form cost 300 Rupees, or about $6 in U.S. funds, with the final price for Nanos ranging from between 95,000 and 145,000 Rupees or $1,880 to $2,780.

So, the bottom line is, as always, the bottom line: Tata said they would build it for XX amount, and they also said people would beat a path to their door. There were skeptics, but they have now been proven wrong on the first two counts. Now it remains to be seen if this will move impoverished third-worlders off of scooters and into safer Nanos (Tata’s stated aim).

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India's Tata Nano – the World's Cheapest Car

Friday February 27th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: m35man

Tato Nano Luxury 5

A carmaker in India will be launching the “world’s cheapest car” on March 23, with a price tag of just around $2,000. It’s called the Nano (although some are calling it the “People’s Car” and the “One-Lakh Car”) and you obviously won’t have to be a Slumdog Millionaire to afford one.

Tata Motors, Ltd. announced almost six years ago that the Nano would be ready in 2008, but a land conflict delayed production.

The response from other major auto manufacturers like GM and Toyota is that the Nano will not be profitable–though, of course, Tata disagrees. They also claim that the car will not be able to meet safety and emissions standards. India’s doesn’t have safety and emissions laws that are anywhere as stringent as the ones here in the U.S., so the Nano is just fine for now.

The ultra-cheap 100,000 rupee ($2,082) car will be launched at an event in Mumbai and will be displayed at Tata Motors’ dealerships across the country from the first week of April, the statement said. The company will start taking orders for the car from the second week of April.

Violent farmer protests had forced Tata Motors to shut down its factory in West Bengal state and relocate to the western state of Gujarat last year, delaying its planned launch at the end of 2008. The farmers felt they had been unfairly compensated when the government had acquired 1,000 acres from them and handed it over to Tata Motors for the Nano factory. Such land conflicts have become increasingly common as India struggles to industrialize without leaving millions of subsistence farmers behind.

Tata Motors is a part of the Tata Group, one of India’s oldest and largest conglomerates.

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