IAB Report – Tata Motors “not visualizing” Nano Diesel; AMT coming “soon”

Posted on: Mar 12, 2014 - 11:01am IST

Tata Motors have no immediate plans to launch a diesel variant on the Tata Nano. Speaking to Indian Autos Blog at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Mr. Ranjit Yadav, president of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Business, said –

Currently we’re not visualizing a diesel on the Nano with the price value equations going the way they’re with diesel and petrol. In our view the entry A1 and A2 segments will be petrol so diesel does not make that much effective sense.

Tata Nano Twist Active Concept
Tata has no immediate plans to bring out a diesel variant on the Nano.

In recent times, manufacturers have witnessed growth in sales of petrol cars given the continuous increase in cost of diesel fuel. Last year in fact, Maruti was offering sizable discounts on the diesel variants of the Swift, Dzire and Ertiga, and these cars were available with nil waiting periods.

Tata Nano Twist F-Tronic Concept AMT
An AMT variant on the Nano will be launched “soon”.

Tata’s immediate focus seems to be on enriching the Nano and preferably getting rid of its “poor man’s car” image. Instead of investing large amounts in bringing out a diesel variant on the Nano, Tata will add more variants to the current Nano which see increased functionality/convenience in the small car.

Tata Nano Twist Active Concept dashboard

Earlier this year, Tata launched a power steering equipped Nano Twist, while the 2014 Auto Expo saw the carmaker showcase an AMT (automated manual transmission) system and a functioning tailgate on the small car. The interior of these show cars were improved and had a new steering wheel.

Mr. Yadav says that his team is working on bringing out these new Nano variants to the market “soon”.

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10 thoughts on “IAB Report – Tata Motors “not visualizing” Nano Diesel; AMT coming “soon”

  1. Sanjay Mohapatra says:

    I am waiting for Tata nano diesel version.

  2. Kranti says:

    I am a proud owner of a Nano. I would like to buy a second Nano with AMT box. Pls Tata launch it at the earliest. This thinking makes complete sense considering the conditions of our cities.

  3. sagar pawar says:

    Ohhh..what a incredible car it is……TATA did a wonderful job…..I am very excited about diesel version…..truely. Peoples car..rocks….

  4. Bhargava says:

    I was very excited about the Diesel engine powered Nano. There are many things that I personally love about Diesel engines – right from the ignition process to the power and torque characteristics.

    Adding a Turbo-Charger to the current petrol engine would raise the fuel efficiency – something Diesel turbos are very good at.

    Tata Nano with it’s Power Steering, Automated Manual Transmission, Powerful Air-Conditioning, and generous space – makes it a perfect city car, even during harsh weather conditions.

  5. MOHAN PRAKASH says:

    TATA Nano Twist is a very wonderful vehicle when consider in this class. Driving performance and interiors are excellent. I really congratulate TATA MOTORS.

  6. Bhargava says:

    I don’t know how to react to this news. I feel twisted !!

  7. vinod says:

    so true @Rajesh……and if priced 20/40k above the twist….Nano will hit the sweet spot

  8. Rajesh says:

    Sounds very positive and in the right direction. The twist is indeed a fantastic car to drive now and feels much easier than a two-wheeler ;). Add an AMT and it should be a ‘WOW’ car for sure.


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