Tata Motors has informed us that vehicle production at its Pune-based manufacturing facility is underway, albeit, with a limited workforce. The update comes hours after a rumour spread that the carmaker had to temporarily discontinue production owing to the lockdown that has been enforced in Maharashtra. The Pune plant is responsible for the production of OMEGA-Arc-based models like the Harrier and Safari, along with commercial vehicles like buses and trucks.
A statement released by Tata Motors reads -
“Tata Motors is running operations at its Pune plant in strict compliance with the guidelines mentioned in the ‘Break the Chain’ order of the Maharashtra government. A limited number of employees are attending duties adhering to all safety protocols, distancing norms and hygiene standards”,
We continue to remain vigilant about the safety and wellbeing of our employees. In addition to mandated testing, screening at plant gates is robust and if a symptomatic case is identified, we ensure that the employee is isolated and provided with all support for quarantine and contact tracing thereafter. Our medical teams have also begun vaccination drives in our plants by collaborating with local health authorities, for our eligible employees of age 45 years and above”
In March this year, Tata Motors posted a sales growth of 422 per cent on a YoY basis. The carmaker sold a total of 29,655 units last month, whereas the sales figure stood at 5,676 units in the same month last year. Talking of the highest-selling car, the Nexon remained the top-selling product of the brand in March 2021 with 8,683 units being sold, and thus, registering a YoY growth of 228 per cent. Following the Nexon was the Altroz, which recorded sales of 7,550 units in March this year.
Last year in the same month, Tata Motors sold only 1,147 units of the Altroz. As a result, the YoY Growth for the Altroz for March stands at 558 per cent. The Tiago and Harrier, on the other hand, registered sales of 6,893 units and 2,284 units, respectively. The newest product of the brand – Tata Safari, managed to find 2,148 buyers in March. Interestingly, the Tigor posted the highest YoY growth for March of 1,591 per cent, with the lowest sales figure in the brand’s lineup.
Talking of the brand’s newest product in the Indian market – Tata Safari, it is a 7-seater SUV that rivals the Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector Plus and the likes. It is currently on sale at a starting price of INR 14.69 lakh, which goes up to INR 21.45 lakh. Powering the Safari is a 2.2L oil burner that puts out 170 PS of peak power and 350 Nm of max torque. It is available with two transmission choices – a 6-speed manual gearbox and 6-speed automatic transmission.