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Tata Nano gets extended warranty to ramp up sales

Last week we reported that Tata Nano sales had dropped by as much as 85 percent since last year. The company is now introducing a warranty plan more than double what was previously offered. The company has also announced a cost-effective $2 per month maintenance program...

Tata Nano sales down 85 percent in November

Tata sales in India are steady, with the company reporting a monthly increase of one percent. The company sold just 509 examples of its Tata Nano however, down from October's 3065 units. It may be the world's cheapest car but it has had its fair share of problems since its debut in 2008. More recently it has been involved in a number of fire incidents...

Tata Nano gets free safety option, no recall, after investigation into fires

Indian manufacturer Tata Motors maintains that its Tata Nano – widely known as “the world’s cheapest car” – does not need to be recalled, despite a number of instances of fires. Tata revealed that a second analysis of the $2500 car, conducted in September and October by a team of internal and international experts, concluded that the incidents were specific to the vehicles and were not related to the Nano’s overall design...

Piaggio NT3 Concept to take on Tata Nano

Italian scooter-maker, Piaggio, is about to launch a new three-seater micro car to rival the Tata Nano, codenamed the Piaggio NT3. It's not the first time the Italian company has designed a car either, for anyone that's been to China or India, you may recognise the Piaggio Ape trike/ute. The Piaggio NT3 is quite a bit smaller than the Tata Nano, measuring just 2...

Tata joins force with Jaguar to produce premium sedan

Tata Motors has announced it is developing a large premium sedan combining the technology and expertise of its Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) segment. Code-named the DR5, the sedan is a part of Tata's effort to tap into emerging markets like China and India. The company unveiled the Pininfarina-designed Prima concept car at last year's Geneva Show, and it's believed the larger DR5 will be just as impressive...

Tata aims to raise over $1 billion

Jaguar and Land Rover owner Tata Group has announced it has plans to raise over $1 billion (AUD) to expand its operations. The company would also like to strip the debt it accumulated after purchasing the luxury car brands, Jaguar Cars and Land Rover, for 2.8 billion (approximate AUD) in 2008. The company took on loans to purchase the luxury vehicle unit from Ford Motor Co...

Tata Nano Convertible?

The cute little Nano from the country of a thousand bikes (per square inch) is now available in drop-top form. Not really, actually. But this one is pretty cool. It's an in-house-only concept made for running around visitors at the Tata factory in India...

New factory to boost Tata Nano production by 250,000

A new plant dedicated to the production of the world’s cheapest car, the Tata Nano, will boost manufacturing numbers by at least a quarter of a million units each year. Capacity of the Sanand factory in western India’s Gujarat state will start at 250,000, but Tata expects to increase production by 100,000 per year down the track...

Tata Nano up in flames, again

Updated 24/03 @ 3pm: We knew the Tata Nano was hot property in India, but spontaneously bursting in to flames might be taking things a bit too far. Indian insurance agent Satish Sawant, had just taken delivery of his new Tata Nano in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. But as Mr Sawant couldn't drive, he arranged for a chauffeur to deliver the car to his home...

Daimler set to sell stake in Tata Motors

Reports from India this morning say Germany's Daimler is set to sell its long-time stake in Tata Motors. Daimler, who own a 5.34 per cent stake in the Indian company, gave no comment on a its decision to sell the shares. Estimates put Daimler's return on the sale at US$429 million (AUD$470 million)...

Electric Tata Nano and Vista set for Europe

India’s largest vehicle manufacturer, Tata, will begin its electric assault on Europe later this year when it releases the new Vista small car.   With a range of 200km, the right-hand drive Vista – which replaces the Indica hatch – will be available in the UK in late-2010 and in other selected European markets in 2012...