Report – Tata Nano and Safari ruled out for Australia

Posted on: Jul 21, 2014 - 3:48pm IST

While Tata Motors aspires to bolster its Australian operations, it will not be introducing the Nano or Safari in that market. Speaking to Motoring, Tata’s head of international business, R T Wasan, and Fusion Automotive’s (Tata’s Australian distributor) Managing Director, Darren Bowler, ruled out these cars for the Australian market.

Tata Nano Twist Review front quarters
Tata have no plans to launch the Nano or Safari in Australia.

The Nano will not launch in Australia as it was a car developed for India. Originally seen as an upgrade from two-wheelers, Tata has no plans to ship the Nano to the Australian market.

The Safari on the other hand would have problems meeting Australia’s safety norms, Bowler said. And since the new Safari (Storme) is only about 18 months old in the market, Australia will have to wait for the next generation model, or a major upgrade of the current model, before reconsidering it.

Tata Nexon Concept side official image
The Nexon has a possibility of heading to Australia.

Tata currently sells the Xenon pickup (classified as ‘Ute’) in Australia, and according to the company officials it will take at least five years for Tata to introduce a passenger car in that market. One of the key contenders for Australia would be the Tata Nexon compact SUV, which is reported to be based on a new platform. “There is an opportunity for us within that (Nexon)”, Bowler said in the interview.

Tata Nexon Concept – Image Gallery

[Source – Motoring]

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3 thoughts on “Report – Tata Nano and Safari ruled out for Australia

  1. sandy says:

    So Safari does have some safety issue.

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    1. Ayyappan says:

      I feel every car manufacturer follows the principle of producing cars as per the safety norms set up by their respective countries unless you talk about the premium segment import cars. Relatively speaking, Tata’s build safer cars than most of their competitors for the money they charge [not my opinion, Sr VP at a Japanese manufacturing giant opined so 🙂 ]

      The rugged, strong appearing Scorpio pick up scored a poor 2 in crash test ratings in US and M&M had to do completely rework the car to get it to near acceptable standards. The so called global products like the Ecosport is again manufactured as per country specific requirements, whereas India gets a diluted version of the global car, the cars manufactured in Chennai for export markets goes through wholesale changes.

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      1. Bhargava says:

        That is true!! Thank you for sharing the facts here. Tata Aria and Safari Storme has some of the best safety features in Indian market, for the price.

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