Report – DC to show sub-Nano small car at Auto Expo; Avanti’s deliveries commencing soon

Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 - 3:09pm IST

DC Design has big plans for the upcoming Auto Expo. The design house will showcase two of its new products at India’s largest motoring event which takes place in the first week of February 2014.

2013 Tata Nano Remix bodykit side
The two-seater hatchback will be smaller than the Nano.

Dilip Chhabria told Financial Express that while one of the products is a four-seater convertible SUV, the other product is an “extremely small car”, smaller than the Tata Nano.

Chhabria said that the SUV is irrationally dimensioned, yet “drop dead gorgeous”. The small car on the other hand will be a two-seater measuring under seven feet long. Both products will be priced between INR 18-40 lakhs, and will target a niche, young audience.

In February 2014, the first batch of 25 Avantis will meet their owners. While these 25 cars will be delivered at the previously committed price of INR 25 lakhs, future Avantis will be costlier by at least INR 5 lakhs. From June 2014, DC will make 100 units of the Avanti each month at its Talegaon plant in Pune, Maharashtra.

DC Avanti spied in India
The Avanti’s deliveries commence from February 2014. This image of the car testing was sent to us by our reader, Mr. Kiran Manjal.

The Avanti will source its power from a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, capable of firing 240 bhp. The 1,562 kg car will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in under 7 seconds.

See more images of the DC Avanti from its unveiling

Chhabria revealed to the newspaper that he wants the company to transform from a customizer of cars to a low volume niche manufacturer.

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2 thoughts on “Report – DC to show sub-Nano small car at Auto Expo; Avanti’s deliveries commencing soon

  1. Dr. Nayak says:

    I think it is good to know DC is transforming itself from mediocre quality customizer to small volume auto manufacturer. My concern is the quality and reliability. Will they get the right quality and reliability of construction for the first time? Am I going to see 6 mm gap in the panels?

  2. sandy says:

    Can’t say how my expectation is thrilling me after reading this news about DC new offering. A sub-Nano!? After witnessing DC’s design like E2O I’m really betting big on them and nowadays we are also seeing this kind of product in the form of Twizy, Yamaha Motiv, Honda MC Beta, so expecting DC to show us outstanding design.
    However I saw this as DC Swift: and an SUV called DC Circa


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