Tata Motors' Presence in the International Market


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It seems like Vinayakji has removed most of the obstacles from Tata's path.
Only if the sales figures can also follow suit.[:)]


EDIT: Found one more Manza Ignis review link:http://www.topcar.co.za/first-drives/articles/tata-manza-ignis-review

WHILE HATCHBACKS CONTINUE to dominate the small car market there is still plenty of opportunity for competitive four-doors and Tata has just added to the options with the release of its flagship saloon, the Manza. With its Imperial Group/Accordian Investments backing, Tata is steadily increasing its presence and reputation in this country and is busy with an innovative plan to improve and add to its dealership network, particularly in rural areas.
 
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Tata Motors Indonesia showcases smart solutions for Indonesian mobility needs at 20th Indonesia International Motor Show 2012

Displays 13 Tata passenger and commercial vehicles
Also on display is a special green pavilion of Tata CNG vehicles
PT Tata Motors Indonesia is participating in the 20th Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), starting today. The company has displayed 13 Tata passenger and commercial vehicles, being considered for introduction in Indonesia progressively. PT Tata Motors Indonesia is a wholly owned Jakarta-based subsidiary of Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile company.

Among the vehicles on display are four Tata passenger vehicles - the Tata Indica Vista, a premium hatchback, two top-end variants from the Tata Nano family, Tata Nano LX, the Tata Aria, a luxurious crossover with the finesse of a sedan and the muscle of an SUV all blended in one car and the Tata Venture, a multi-purpose vehicle. The Tata commercial vehicles range include the Tata Xenon Pick-up (Dual Cab version), Tata Ace EX, the Tata Super Ace and the Tata LPK 2528 Prima Tipper, from the Prima range of world standard trucks

The technology capability on show includes a special green pavilion of Tata CNG vehicles, whose need is growing in Indonesia and also takes forward the core message of Eco-Mobility at the IIMS. The CNG vehicles on display include the Tata Nano CNG Concept, Tata Ace CNG, the Tata Xenon CNG, the Tata Magic CNG and the Tata LPO 1623 RE LE CNG Bus, all contributing to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, besides state-of-the-art drive technologies, latest infotronics, ultra-modern passenger comfort, safety and entertainment systems. These CNG vehicles are developed in-house and come with factory-fitted CNG engines, which are very safe and most economical to operate.

PT Tata Motors Indonesia also launched today its official website - HOME :: TATAMOTOR and has introduced a 24x7 toll free customer assistance number - 0800-1-828200.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Biswadev Sengupta, President Director of PT Tata Motors Indonesia said, “The range of Tata passenger and commercial vehicles, on display, is representative of our environment-friendly technology base. Our portfolio is globally benchmarked. We are confident that our vehicles will be a smart choice for the discerning customers of Indonesia. Based on customer feedback, we will progressively introduce relevant passenger and commercial vehicles, backed by appropriate distribution and service infrastructure such that we are closest to our customers.”

PT Tata Motors Indonesia will commence the commercial launch of Tata vehicles in 2013. By the time of the launch, PT Tata Motors Indonesia will have about 10 to 15 dealers nationwide, offering sales, service and spare parts. Over a period of three years, the company will set up a country-wide network of about 60 full-service dealers, about 100 other workshops and about 300 more spare parts retailers. The company also plans to introduce technical training centres, which will train mechanics and technicians to be fully conversant with Tata products inorder to provide best support to customers. Significant investment is planned for establishing manufacturing operations and localisation of components in Indonesia.

Tata Motors has a long term view for Indonesia and is excited to be a part of the Indonesia growth story.

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Tata Motors Indonesia showcases smart solutions for Indonesian mobility needs at 20th Indonesia International Motor Show 2012

Displays 13 Tata passenger and commercial vehicles
Also on display is a special green pavilion of Tata CNG vehicles
PT Tata Motors Indonesia is participating in the 20th Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), starting today. The company has displayed 13 Tata passenger and commercial vehicles, being considered for introduction in Indonesia progressively. PT Tata Motors Indonesia is a wholly owned Jakarta-based subsidiary of Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile company.

Among the vehicles on display are four Tata passenger vehicles - the Tata Indica Vista, a premium hatchback, two top-end variants from the Tata Nano family, Tata Nano LX, the Tata Aria, a luxurious crossover with the finesse of a sedan and the muscle of an SUV all blended in one car and the Tata Venture, a multi-purpose vehicle. The Tata commercial vehicles range include the Tata Xenon Pick-up (Dual Cab version), Tata Ace EX, the Tata Super Ace and the Tata LPK 2528 Prima Tipper, from the Prima range of world standard trucks

The technology capability on show includes a special green pavilion of Tata CNG vehicles, whose need is growing in Indonesia and also takes forward the core message of Eco-Mobility at the IIMS. The CNG vehicles on display include the Tata Nano CNG Concept, Tata Ace CNG, the Tata Xenon CNG, the Tata Magic CNG and the Tata LPO 1623 RE LE CNG Bus, all contributing to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, besides state-of-the-art drive technologies, latest infotronics, ultra-modern passenger comfort, safety and entertainment systems. These CNG vehicles are developed in-house and come with factory-fitted CNG engines, which are very safe and most economical to operate.

PT Tata Motors Indonesia also launched today its official website - HOME :: TATAMOTOR and has introduced a 24x7 toll free customer assistance number - 0800-1-828200.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Biswadev Sengupta, President Director of PT Tata Motors Indonesia said, “The range of Tata passenger and commercial vehicles, on display, is representative of our environment-friendly technology base. Our portfolio is globally benchmarked. We are confident that our vehicles will be a smart choice for the discerning customers of Indonesia. Based on customer feedback, we will progressively introduce relevant passenger and commercial vehicles, backed by appropriate distribution and service infrastructure such that we are closest to our customers.”

PT Tata Motors Indonesia will commence the commercial launch of Tata vehicles in 2013. By the time of the launch, PT Tata Motors Indonesia will have about 10 to 15 dealers nationwide, offering sales, service and spare parts. Over a period of three years, the company will set up a country-wide network of about 60 full-service dealers, about 100 other workshops and about 300 more spare parts retailers. The company also plans to introduce technical training centres, which will train mechanics and technicians to be fully conversant with Tata products inorder to provide best support to customers. Significant investment is planned for establishing manufacturing operations and localisation of components in Indonesia.

Tata Motors has a long term view for Indonesia and is excited to be a part of the Indonesia growth story.

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Tata Motors unveils 'Nano-Studio' at the Nada Auto Show 2012

Tata Motors today unveiled the 'Nano-Studio' at the Nada Auto Show 2012, being held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Being designed to celebrate life, creativity, freedom and the spread of culture, the Nano-Studio graffiti backdrop has been designed in a powerful colour scheme of Red and Black, which symbolizes youth, energy, aggression and passion. The colourful and vibrant Nano-Studio was unveiled by Mr. Gurinder Singh, Country Manager, Tata Motors.

Besides the Nano-Studio, Tata Motors also showcased the new Tata Indica V2, Nepal's most fuel efficient and the most affordable diesel car, Tata Aria, the first Indian Crossover, the class apart sedan, Tata Indigo Manza. The ceremonial unveiling was followed by an electrifying rock-band performance and foot-tapping dance routines like Hip Hop, B-Boying and Salsa, which was a big hit among the young visitors at the studio. The unveiling was streamed live on Facebook at Tata Nano Nepal | Facebook.

Visitors and Tata Nano fans can participate in this 5-day long celebration through the contest 'Click and win with the Nano', which will be live today, on the Tata Nano's Facebook page-- http:/facebook.com/nanonepal. Once registered, all Tata Nano fans can click their picture through the professional photographer at the studio and instantly have them uploaded on Facebook.

Starting today, the Nano-Studio will host exciting games, melodious musical shows, thrilling and foot-tapping dance performances, by different artists, until September 23, 2012. Customers also can win exciting prizes and Tata Nano goodies through their participation in various Tata Nano games like Nano puzzle, Park my Nano, Nano quiz, Face-Tattoo and so on.

To know more about Tata Motors participation at the Nada Auto Show 2012, please visit: Welcome to Sipradi Organization

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TATA MOTORS TO ASSEMBLE CARS LIKE THE INDICA, NANO, VISTA, MANZA AND ARIA IN MEXICO

Indian car and utility vehicle giant Tata Motors is all set to launch a slew of locally assembled cars in the Mexican market. Tata Motors is setting up an assembly plant in Mexico, where it will assemble a range of passengers cars to sell in the Latin American market. Cars like the Nano, the Indica, the Vista, the Manza and the Aria will be assembled in Mexico. Tata Motors is said to be investing about $100 Million USD to set up an assembly unit at Mexico, which will be capable of churning out about 50,000 cars every year. Tata Motors could also begin sourcing material from Mexico for building its cars more economically.

The main reason for Tata Motors setting shop in Mexico through an assembly unit is to take advantage of the duty exemption that the Mexican government grants to automakers who invest more than $100 million with a capacity of producing more than 50,000 cars a year in the country. Many developing nations including India across the world levy high import duty on cars that are directly imported into the country. These import duties are designed to dissuade automakers from importing cars and motorcycles, instead seeking to promote investment in the country through local assembly.
Local assembly and manufacturing of automobiles results in big investments being made along with job opportunities being created for locals. This strategy has worked for India, with the country now emerging as an automobile hub of low cost-high quality manufacturing. In many aspects, the Mexican car market is quite similar to India in terms of purchasing power of the buyer and a burgeoning middle class. So, this presents Tata Motors will an opportunity similar to that of the Indian market, which is reflected by the car offerings that Tata has lined up for Mexico, in the form of the Nano, Manza, etc.

Tata Motors could also use Mexico as a production hub and move into other Latin American markets. Quite importantly, the Nano, which is the world’s least priced car, could get access to these markets. Tata Motors has not been able to sell the Nano in sufficient numbers to break even in India. So, the car being exported to various parts of the world will be one part of Tata’s strategy to make the Nano a profitable proposition. The same is the case with its flagship product, the Aria Crossover, whose sales have been underwhelming.

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Tata Motors plans foray into US and Latin America with 5 models

Tata Motors is planning to invest 100 million dollars to establish a plant in Mexico that will give them access to US markets.

According to this report, Tata Motors is planning to manufacture 5 models from the Mexican plant. These include the Indica hatchback, the sedan Manza, the Xenon pickup truck, the Aria crossover and the ultra-cheap Nano.
The safety and emission compliance of these models have to be worked upon if Tata has to get the certification to sell its cars. Another factor that one has to count in is the model changes. In the next 3-4 years, both the Indica and the Manza would have neared the end of their lifecycles. The Nano similarly, could be upgraded to meet the emission and safety standards that developed countries have put in place. This could prove less of a challenge in Brazil, but nevertheless engineering changes have to be made to make its cars run on ethanol.

Wading new waters, the Indian automaker needs a suitable partner to carry out this operation. The Indian automaker is speaking with Carlos Slym and Group Autofin for a long term partnership.

The Mexican plant will also give access to the Brazilian markets which the automaker has been eyeing for a very long time. The Tata Xenon was caught testing in Brazil recently and was reported to enter Brazil this year through a private importer. Similarly Mahindra was seen testing the XUV500 and has very similar ambitions.


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Redesigned Tata Nano to arrive in U.S. wearing price tag under $10k

Tata's much ballyhooed Nano isn't exactly selling as expected in its home market of India, especially after the well-publicized fires engulfing the several examples of the world's cheapest car. Despite that, the head of Tata Group, Ratan Tata, says his company remains intent on bringing an updated sub-$10,000 Nano to the States, and he intends to do so in three years.

While the Indian market gets a bare-bones Nano powered by a two-cylinder, 37-horsepower engine, Tata unsurprisingly says the US version will have a larger engine, power steering and traction control.

"The Smart and the Fiat 500 have high sticker prices, and people buy them because they are small cars," Tata tells Automotive News. "But everyone knows you put a lot of money into it. We hope that the sub-$10,000 car has appeal."

With the US economy still slowly recovering, a car for under $10k could have plenty of appeal. But the Indian automaker has several obstacles to overcome first, not the least of which is building a dealer network for the Nano. Tata owns Jaguar and Land Rover, but that group's CEO, Andy Goss, says there has been no discussion about using those dealers to distribute the Nano.

Perhaps the updated US-bound Nano will be more like the Nano Megapixel concept we saw at the Geneva Motor Show back in March. That car had a longer, 138-inch wheelbase and a larger 325cc engine supplemented by two electric motors. It's safe to assume that if Tata wants to keep costs down so that it can offer the car below $10,000, the next Nano won't get a hybrid powertrain like the Megapixel, but perhaps it will pick up some of the car's size and styling cues.

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Tata Motors brings in one-tonne mini-truck for intra-city and last-mile distribution

Tata Motors today launched its 1-tonne diesel mini-truck, the Tata Super ACE, an ideal vehicle for intra-city and last-mile distribution applications, in South Africa. The Tata Super ACE is a combination of new-age design, superior performance, space, comfort, safety and operating economy, delivering exactly what a transportation business requires.

The Tata Super Ace has been designed to easily navigate narrow and busy roads, with its compact dimensions of 4.34 m in length, 1.56 m in width and a turning radius of 5.1 m, with ease. Its strong and sturdy chassis is made from high strength steel for maximum durability. With a full 1 tonne loading capacity, multiple body options and the longest-in-class loading deck of 2.63 m, the vehicle offers best-in-class operating economy. The three way drop-side load body and optimum loading height of 60 cm make the Tata Super ACE a supremely flexible option for various applications.

The cabin is air-conditioned. The interiors have been designed keeping comfort and convenience in mind, with features like laminated windscreen, tinted glasses, power windows, power steering, external power socket and lockable glove box. The newly designed 'soft touch' dashboard in addition to the instrument cluster also has a sophisticated HVAC system which will further enhance the levels of comfort.

The Tata Super ACE is equipped with a 4-cylinder, turbocharged & intercooled (475 IDI) diesel engine that is coupled with a 5-speed fully synchromesh gearbox. Its diesel engine delivers a power of 70 hp (52 kW) and a peak torque of 135 Nm at very low rpms. The gradeability of 39% allows the Tata Super ACE to climb steep slopes and negotiate difficult terrains. Front independent suspension ensures a very comfortable ride.

With a fuel consumption of 14 kmpl or 7.2 L / 100 kms and competitively priced spare parts, the running cost of the Tata Super ACE is one of the lowest in the market.

A 3-year/ 60,000 km complimentary maintenance plan, 3-year/100,000 km warranty and 3-years/ unlimited km roadside assistance make the Tata Super ACE a superior choice for small and medium businesses.

The Tata Super ACE will be available in 2 trims. The price range starts from R 109,995 (incl. VAT) for the lower-end model and R 116,995 (incl. VAT) for the top model.

With the launch of this vehicle, Tata Motors now has a commercial vehicle for every need in South Africa, ranging from the 1tonne mini-truck to 56 tonne gross combination mass prime movers.

The distribution of Tata pick-ups in South Africa started in 2004 through Accordian Investments (Pty) Ltd., a subsidiary of Associated Motors Holdings (AMH), which currently operates through a network of about 60 sales and service dealers. Tata Motors' portfolio in South Africa comprises 20 commercial vehicle models and 3 passenger car models, with over 65,000 Tata vehicles plying on South African roads today.

For further information please visit :
superace.com,
www.testdrivesuperace.co.za,
TATA Cars and Bakkies - Single Cab, Double Cab, Vista and Xenon

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