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Tata unveils Nano Europa; showcases Prima, Indica Vista EV news
03 March 2009

Tata Motors today unveiled Tata Nano Europa, an international version of its Rs1 lakh small car, at the 79th Geneva Motor Show. The company also displayed the `Tata Prima', a concept luxury sedan and the Tata Indica Vista EV, an electric vehicle based on the new generation Tata Indica Vista.

''In India, the Nano will be launched on March 23, and the cars will be on display at company dealerships from the first week of April. The Nano has also generated wide interest in developed countries, since its unveiling in Delhi and its presentation here last year. We are delighted to present the Nano Europa for future launch in such markets,'' said Ratan N Tata, chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Motors.

''The Indica Vista EV represents the work of Tata Motors on alternate technologies, while the Prima is an iteration of a luxury sedan we will introduce. They together signify the ongoing evolution in our cars,'' he said on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show.

With a length of 3.29 metres and width of 1.58 metres, the Tata Nano Europa has a bit more spacious interior and generous leg space. The slightly longer wheelbase of 2.28 metres allows excellent manoeuvrability, a company release said.

To meet the driving needs of its target customers, the Tata Nano Europa will be powered by a 3-cylinder sporty all-aluminium MPFI engine matched with a 5-speed automatic transmission, and electric power steering. The gasoline engine will provide high fuel efficiency and low CO2 emission of less than 100 gm/km, meeting the twin goals of being environmentally friendly and stylish, the release said.

The Tata Nano Europa meets all safety regulations. In addition to the all sheet-metal body, its energy absorbing design, use of advanced restraint systems, ABS, ESP and air bags will enhance passenger safety, it said.

Tata Prima, the concept luxury sedan designed by Pininfarina, combines the fundamental design characteristics of the Tata Indigo, with sporty curvatures to create a coupe-like silhouette.

The Tata Prima's large wheelbase of 2.70 metres endows it with excellent interior space that a luxury sedan demands.

The Tata Indica Vista EV will be capable of carrying four individuals, adequate luggage space, with a predicted range of up to 200 km and acceleration of 0-60 kmph in under 10 seconds. Indica Vista EV uses super polymer lithium ion batteries which have superior energy density to conventional batteries.

Tata Motors' electric vehicles will be produced in association with Miljo Grenland/Innovasion, Norway. Tata Motors' UK subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre plc, has a 70 per cent stake in Miljo. The first such vehicle to be developed by the company is the Indica EV, which is currently undergoing extensive tests in Europe.

Besides these three new cars, Tata Motors is displaying the new generation Tata Indica Vista itself.


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Tata unveils Nano Europa; showcases Prima, Indica Vista EV