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Diesel variant ‘soon enough’

Tata Motors chairman Ratan Tata says we would roll out a diesel variant of the Nano soon enough, reports Suprotip Ghosh.

business Updated: Mar 23, 2009 23:14 IST
Suprotip Ghosh
Suprotip Ghosh
Hindustan Times

“We would roll out a diesel variant of the Nano soon enough,” said Tata Motors chairman Ratan Tata. While the diesel, electric, or even the compressed air variant may take a while in coming, the company is currently working on the Nano Europa, the European variant of the car that was recently showcased at the Geneva Auto Expo.

The car, which would have anit-lock brakes, airbags, front, side, and maybe even curtains, and frills including power steering, central locking, power windows, and even climate control, would be to suit the tastes of the European buyer, Tata said. The European variant could hit those markets as early as 2012.

A car for the US markets seems to be the third priority for the company, for which the car needs redesign. “The US market has crash testing norms which are different from other countries, and this would require a redesign of the vehicle, Tata said.