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Safer, better low-cost car coming

2008-02-11 16:05
Indian carmaker Tata Motors plans to launch a second, thriftier version of its ultra-low-cost Nano microcar in four years' time in Europe, the project chief has told the German magazine Focus.

"We will develop a follow-on model in four years that will fulfil the Euro 5 emissions standard and pass European crash tests," Girish Wagh, head of the Tata Nano project, was quoted saying.

Focus released a German version of his remarks in Munich Sunday, a day before the magazine goes on sale.

Wagh said the principal objective was to reduce the Nano's fuel consumption.

The first generation of the car, set to sell for about $2 500 (R17 000), will be relatively thirsty, using 5 litres of petrol per 100km.

"We are not satisfied with that," Wagh said. Tata had set its engineers a target fuel consumption of 3 litres for the distance. Focus said Tata Motors was ultimately planning to make 1 million Nano cars per year.


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