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Tata Nano Individualized Concept front fasciaThe start of the year was not all that encouraging for the Tata Nano as it kick started 2013 with the second lowest monthly sales of just 1,504 units.

The car managed over five folds the previous January. The worrisome sales performance of the little hatchback has put Tata engineers into overdrive to bring a refreshed Nano as well as the CNG and diesel versions.

Without a price increase, Tata had refreshed the Nano for the 2012 model year with significant improvements and the 2013 refreshment is also expected to improve Nano by a few notches. The Nano 2013 would be feature rich and could move slightly upmarket.

Speaking to PTI, Mr. Karl Slym, Managing Director of Tata Motors said, “The Nano still has a long way to go but we will be introducing the 2013 model of the car in the first half of this year as part of the plan. The new Nano will have a lot more additional features, which would enhance the positioning of the car as an aspirational vehicle.”

We expect the Nano 2013 to have disc brakes up front, a proper hatch door, column mounted electric power steering and subtle changes to the exterior and interior.

Mr. Slym also told that the CNG version of the Nano will be launched “very soon”. He added that the diesel version is also being readied but an exact time frame has not been set for the launch of the oil-burning Nano.

Tata Motors is hoping that the refreshment and the addition of CNG and diesel variants would make 2013 an year to remember for the Nano.

[Source: Mydigitalfc.com]

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  • Amala Singh

    Launch it with CVT at less than 4 Lacs. We can replace the Activa for City runabouts.

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  • Santosh

    I will definately purchase TATA NANO if it comes in CNG Variant.Otherwise end of TATA Vehicles are so poor.

  • Ramesh

    Whenever they launch it, I hope the 2013 Nano comes with rear hatch and power steering.

    I think we can expect the diesel version only by start of 2014. Its better they launch it only after addressing all the issues as a first time niggle free product.

    I think Karl Slym will really turnaround Tata in the next 12 months.

  • Mohammed

    The 2012 Nano was really good in terms of quality, refinement and performance at an unbelievable price point. So ,I expect the 2013 Nano to be even better with the proposed changes. I’m seeing lot more Nano’s in the metros with the young corporate folks driving those ; not a bad sign at all. It’s a brilliant choice as a city car, considering its ultra compact size,exceptional mileage, AC, space etc.

  • sandy

    That means 2013 Nano would be the same one with new ornaments and tech toys but no change in outfits, like its larger siblings.
    Anyways, I’m still lovin it.