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Tata Motors Launches Next-Generation Indica

The Indica Vista.

Tata Motors launched the new generation of the Indica, first introduced in 1998 and currently the second-largest selling car in the country. Tata has produced more than 1.127 million units of the vehicle in different variants. Pricing for the Indica Vista starts at Rs.3.49 lakhs (US$8,000).

The new Indica Vista, revealed at the Auto Expo in Delhi in January, has been given a complete makeover, and has grown in exterior size and interior space. The car offers a selection of two new powertrains: the new 75 bhp (56 kW) 1.3L Quadrajet Common Rail Diesel engine and the 65 bhp (48 kW) 1.2L CVCP Safire MPFI (multi-point fuel injection) gasoline engine being manufactured at the new Fiat-Tata joint venture at Ranjangaon in Maharashtra.

It also has the option of the existing 71 bhp (53 kW) 1.4L turbocharged intercooled TDi engine. All engines are mated to a new five-speed syncromesh transmission.

The Quadrajet operates at 1,400 bar with 4 injections per cycle and delivers a peak torque of 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) @ 1750 rpm over a flatter speed range for better city driving. The 96 Nm (71 lb-ft) Safire has a continuous variable cam phaser (CVCP) for improved drivability and fuel economy and a drive by wire technology for accelerator pedal control. The older TDI delivers 135 Nm (100 lb-ft) of torque @ 2500 rpm.

Tata is launching the car in 7 variants priced at Rs.3.49 lakhs (US$8,000) ex-showroom Delhi for the 1.2L petrol Safire at the low end going up to Rs.4.88 lakhs (US$11,300) ex-showroom Delhi for the top end 1.3L Quadrajet. The new TDi version comes at nearly the same price as the outgoing existing Indica V2 version.

The existing Indica will continue to exist with a rationalized portfolio—the lower versions of the 1.2L Xeta and the 1.4L naturally aspirated IDI diesel and one version each of the DICOR and TCIC diesel.

Tata Motors is India’s largest vehicle company, with revenues of US$ 8.8 billion in 2007-08. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand and Spain. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, a business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has a strategic alliance with Fiat.

Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top three in passenger vehicles. It is also the world’s fourth largest truck manufacturer and the second largest bus manufacturer.



Those tatas are too small - they need to be a little bigger, with a more fuller shape, pleasing to the eye - a better feel....

Brad Godfrey



Interesting that they don't mention fuel economy in the press release or on their web site. Perhaps not so good?


umm... 190NM in a car that weighs probably 800kg is the equivalent of putting a space rocket booster in a toaster.

Stan Wellaway

A few years ago the Indica was sold in the UK, rebadged as a Rover City, or City Rover. They were cheap to buy.

Earlier this month it was reported that Tata was looking at producing an all-electric version of the Indica, being developed with a partner in Norway.

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