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Tatas S African plant by May

autos Updated: Mar 17, 2011 21:19 IST
Manu P Toms

Tata Motors' South African plant will come up in May. "In the next couple of months we should start production in South Africa," said P M Telang, managing director, India operations.

South Africa is the biggest overseas market for Tata Motors where the company has sold more than 50,000 trucks since 2005. Tata Motors, which exports close to two dozen types of trucks and buses to South Africa, will start assembling its trucks and buses at this plant.

Tatas have been looking to start operations in South Africa for the past six years and there were reports that a plant would come up by the end of 2010.

The company also has plans to start assembling of passenger cars in the African region. Telang said the company would ramp up production of intercity luxury Tata Hispano buses at its Dharwad plant.

These buses will come with Tata chassis and Hispano body styling.

He said the intercity luxury buses, pitched against Volvo and Mercedes buses, would be "competitively priced".

He said the company's newly launched half-tonne five-seater van Iris will be manufactured at Dharwad plant. The upcoming half-tone truck Zip too will be manufactured in Dharwad.