Chairman Says Tata Will Build Hybrid Nano

By Brendan Moore

12.01.2009

Tata NanoTata Group Chairman Ratan Tata told reporters in South Korea yesterday that Tata plans to launch an inexpensive hybrid version of the Nano.

The Nano is the world’s cheapest car at around $2100 USD. It is a logical assumption that a Nano Hybrid would be the world’s cheapest hybrid car.

Ratan Tata told the South Korean newspaper, The Maeil Business Newspaper, that he saw the auto industry’s future in inexpensive, practical vehicles.

Tata also owns Jaguar and Land Rover, auto manufacturers that produce some of the most expensive passenger vehicles sold in the world today. The chairman did not elaborate on the possible contradiction between his statement regarding the auto industry’s future and Tata’s plans for future sales of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

It is believed that Tata has also developed several Nano EV test mules recently, with an eye towards offering an electric version of the Nano. The company has offered no public statement regarding a potential electric Nano, however.

The Tata chairman did not comment on when a Nano Hybrid might be launched or what sort of hybrid system the car would have.

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Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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  1. I think this is more talk than anything else. Tata cannot meet demand for the current Nano which gets, what, almost 70 mpg?

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