Tata Motors that did not get overwhelming response for the Nano, is currently in plans to come up with a slightly bigger hatchback than the Nano. The new hatchback from Tata will compete with Maruti Alto 800. The upcoming hatchback, codenamed ‘Pelican’ will be built on the ‘X302’ platform and will be powered by an 800-cc diesel engine and a one-litre petrol power engine. The Pelican is expected to be priced between Rs. 2.5 lakhs to Rs. 3.5 lakhs.
According to Business Standard report, the Tata Pelican is expected to be launched next year. The company is going to utilize its manufacturing facility at Sanand, Gujarat for the production of Pelican. The company is producing only 1,300 Nanos every month, despite the facility having a monthly production capacity of about 20,000 units a month. The Sanand manufacturing facility will be optimally utilized once the Pelican starts getting through its production phase.
“The Nano, with its frugal engineering tag, always had the burden of carrying the flag high, not only for Tata Motors but India’s manufacturing sector. It is good that the story is not yet over. The entry-level segment is a key market in India and the success of such a product, along with others like the Zest, will be important for the future of Tata’s car portfolio,” the Business Standard report quoted Gaurav Vangaal, senior analyst for light vehicle forecasting at IHS Automotive, as saying.
Pelican will have to compete with Maruti Alto that records a monthly sales of 24,000 units and Hyundai Eon that records a monthly sales of 6,500 units. Besides that, the other competitors for Pelican would include Renault XBA and Datsun Redi-Go. Tata Motors targets to sell 2,500 units of Pelican every month, once it is launched in the Indian market.
Tata Motors had faced some turbulent times in maintaining good performance in the domestic passenger vehicle segment, however, after the launch of Tata Zest, the company seems to be getting some encouraging signs. Tata Motors has lined up for the launch of the ‘Bolt’ hatchback, the compact SUV ‘Nexon’ and Tata ‘Kite’ (both hatchback and sedan). The company is also working towards giving few upgrades to the Safari Storme SUV.
Will Tata Motors bring back the good times with the launch of Tata Pelican?
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