Tata Kite 5 delayed by success of Tata Tiago
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Tiago has received over 50,000 bookings.
Tata Motors showcased four all-new vehicles at the Auto Expo this year – Tata Zica (later renamed and launched as Tata Tiago), Tata Kite 5 compact sedan, Tata Hexa and Tata Nexon. The Tiago had its market launch shortly after the expo, and the Hexa is due to enter customer homes starting January 2017. However, the Tata Kite 5 compact sedan, based on the Tiago’s platform, is ready to hit production lines as well, but the “overwhelming” success of the Tiago is delaying its introduction.
Speaking to Indian Autos Blog, Mr. Girish Wagh, Senior Vice President – Program Planning & Program Management, Passenger Vehicles, Tata Motors Limited, said –
Yes, the Kite 5 is an interesting product. Right now, our focus is on reducing the waiting period for Tiago. We’ve received over 50,000 bookings so the priority is to get the cars to customers. The Kite 5 will also be manufactured at the Sanand plant [the Tiago is manufactured at Tata Motors’ Sanand, Gujarat, plant] so at present, Tiago is our focus. I think we’re making around 4,000-4,500 units of Tiago every month and there is a plan to increase production.
Of the 50,000 bookings received, Tata Motors have delivered around 25,000 units of the Tiago to customers. It is available wit 1.2-liter petrol and 1.05-liter diesel engines, with the same engine options announced for the Kite 5 as well. Industry estimates point to a March 2017 launch for the Kite 5.