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Nano may go to US in 3 yrs; drive in Europe by 2011

India may be the primary target market for Nano, but Tata Motors is looking at taking its Rs one lakh wonder to the US in three years, besides Europe. "Given the present indications of the buying preferences in the US, we felt that we could further develop the European Nano to meet the requirements of the US," Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata said. Buying the people's car

autos Updated: Mar 23, 2009 20:35 IST

India may be the primary target market for Nano, but Tata Motors is looking at taking its Rs one lakh wonder to the US in three years, besides Europe.

"Given the present indications of the buying preferences in the US, we felt that we could further develop the European Nano to meet the requirements of the US," Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata told reporters in Mumbai.

The company has already unveiled the European version - Nano Europa - at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month -- which is likely to be fitted with a more powerful engine than the Indian version complying with Euro-V emission norms.

The Indian Nano is powered by a 623cc, rear engine complying with BS II and III emission norms.

"The US has certain additional requirements particularly in terms of rear crash... No other country presently has, so there will be some redesign necessary, but we believe that within the next three or so years we could develop a version of the Nano with options the US market might want to have," Tata added.

He said the company hoped that Nano would be available in the European market by 2011 and would be compliant with all the emission and safety requirements of Europe.