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Update: Tata Motors confirmed to Indian Autos Blog that the Ace for Philippines shares the common engine block with the Nano, however certain aspects of the engine in the Ace have changed. Engineers have calibrated the Nano’s engine to suit a commercial vehicle platform for load carrying application. To list a few, aggregates like flywheel, exhaust manifold, cylinder head, oil sump, ECU &...

After witnessing a dismal 2013-14 fiscal year, the Indian commercial vehicle industry is not exactly set for a recovery in the current fiscal, says independent rating agency ICRA. According to the agency, the degrowth for the 2014-15 fiscal year will rest at 6,36,000 units, marking a drop of 19.7 percent over the current fiscal. This, ICRA says, would be lower than the industry volume in 2010-11 –...

Tata Motors unveiled its Bolt hatchback and Zest compact sedan a few days prior to the Auto Expo 2014 held in February this year. A Tata official told the Economic Times newspaper that production of these cars will commence in June or July, while the market launches will take place during the festive season. The Tata Bolt will rival cars like the Hyundai i20, Maruti Swift and VW Polo. The Zest and...

Tata Motors entered the Philippines market last week, announcing its plans at the Manila International Auto Show. The company showcased the Tata Vista, Manza, Indica and Indigo passenger vehicles and the Tata Xenon, Ace and Super Ace commercial vehicles. The Aria and Safari Storme could launch in Philippines by the end of this year. Tata does not plant to stop there. Philippines-based Pilipinas TAJ...

Rumors have been doing the rounds for a couple of years that Land Rover and parent company Tata are working together on an entry-level, premium SUV. This morning, The Economic Times newspaper shares some interesting details about this SUV, which is due to launch in India sometime in 2016-17. The newspaper’s sources reveal that the SUV is codenamed project Q5, and that a team of 45 engineers headed...

Tata Motors had signaled its arrival into the Philippines automobile market with the unveiling of a number of models at the ongoing Manila International Auto Show. We now have confirmation about some of the models that was showcased there. Both the Ace and the Super Ace will get a Q3 launch in Philippines. Apart from the Xenon, Vista and Manza, the company also showed off the Tata Super Ace and the...

After recently announcing its plans to foray into the Thai truck market, Tata Motors has confirmed its entry into the Philippines market with the launch of a slew of vehicles at the ongoing Manila International Auto Show. As we had reported earlier, the company arrived with both passenger and commercial vehicles. The company announced via a press release that it would commence its business in the...

Tata showcased a Nano with an automated manual transmission at the 2014 Auto Expo which took place in February. Following the showcase, Mr. Ranjit Yadav, president of Tata Motors passenger vehicles business, confirmed to Indian Autos Blog that the company was working on bringing this variant of the Nano to the market soon. The Nano Twist F-Tronic uses a 5-speed AMT unit. The first indication that the...