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Sanand plant in trial run: Nano deliveries to pick up by summer

Good news for those waiting to lay their hands on the world’s cheapest car. Tata Motors began trial production of the Rs 1 lakh-Nano at its Sanand factory in Gujarat last month, and is set to begin commercial production by April, reports Sumant Banerji.

autos Updated: Feb 16, 2010 21:25 IST
Sumant Banerji

Good news for those waiting to lay their hands on the world’s cheapest car. Tata Motors began trial production of the Rs 1 lakh-Nano at its Sanand factory in Gujarat last month, and is set to begin commercial production by April.

While the company refused to give details, increased production will only hasten fresh bookings of the Nano.

Post-April, production is likely to double from the current monthly average of just around 4,000 cars. The Nano is currently made at Tata Motors’ plant in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, which also makes the Ace, Winger and Magic.

“We have started the trial production of Nano in Sanand and commercial production should start in another two-three months,” said Ravi Kant, vice-chairman, Tata Motors.

The 1,100-acre Sanand facility has a capacity to produce 250,000 Nanos per annum, expandable up to 500,000 units.

“The ramp up of production will be gradual, and I will say that, by August, the number of cars produced in the factory will be substantial,” said a Tata Motors’ spokesperson.

Once the factory is operational, the waiting period for the car will be shorter. Vendor sources told Hindustan Times that initially, a little over 200 Nanos (over 5,000 per month) will be produced at the Sanand factory.

Between July 2009, when the first Nano hit the roads, and January 2010, 21,535 Nanos had been sold across the country. When the first round of bookings for the car closed in April 2009, 2.03 lakh Nanos were booked and the company had stated that the first one lakh cars were expected to be delivered by the end of 2010.

“Post April, at least 8,000 units of the car will be produced cumulatively, which would ensure that allotment to the first one lakh customers would be exhausted much before the end of this year,” said a supplier to the Nano project on condition of anonymity. “I would expect Tata Motors to start fresh bookings in the second half of next year.”