Tata Motors Chairman, Owner Of Taj Mahal Hotel, Claims They "Had…

Tata Motors parent company, Tata Group, owns the Taj Mahal Hotel at the center of the deadly attacks in Mumbai ending this morning. News the same company producing the Tata Nano, the cheapest car in the world, also owns one of the largest and nicest hotels in India shouldn't come as a surprise given the Tata Group… » 11/30/08 12:01am 11/30/08 12:01am

Tata Nano Tester Spotted Amid Rumors Of December Launch

Amateur spy shooters in the right place at the right time snagged these great photos of the Tata Nano » 10/27/08 11:00am 10/27/08 11:00am undergoing testing — revealing the interior for the first time since the Geneva show. The micro-sized $2,500 "people's car" being championed by Indian industrial giant Ratan Tata faces an uphill battle after its…

Tata Abandons Factory Site, Will They Ever Build The Nano?

Recent developments have put into serious jeopardy Indian automaker Tata's attempt to build the world's cheapest production car, the Tata Nano » 10/04/08 6:20pm 10/04/08 6:20pm. the most serious roadblock to building the car since the Nano was first unveiled back in January. According to the wire service, Tata has now abandoned their attempt to…

Tata Nano Factory Construction Put On Indefinite Hold

Escalating material costs » 9/03/08 2:40pm 9/03/08 2:40pm aren't the only thing standing in the way of the $2,500 . Increasingly violent protests from farmers surrounding the rising Nano factory have forced Tata to put an indefinite hold on the progress. The farmers' beef comes from their assertion they were unfairly compensated for their land when…

Tata Nano And Other Affordable Vehicles Could Increase Indian Road…

The Indian Transport Ministry estimates that the number of fatalities from road accidents could climb 50% to 150,000 a year by 2015 due to the rapid growth of vehicle ownership in the country. The World Bank estimates that at current levels (100,000 per year), India’s mortality rate is 14 for every 10,000 vehicles —… » 8/28/08 4:40pm 8/28/08 4:40pm

Chrysler In Talks To Sell Jeeps In India, Fiats In North America

According to Automotive News, Cerberus is engaged in behind-the-scenes talks with both Tata Motors and Fiat regarding sales and manufacturing linkups. Chrysler wants to use Tata to gain a foothold for its Jeep Wrangler in Indian and Asian markets. More intriguingly, the company is reportedly talking to Fiat about the… » 7/31/08 10:40am 7/31/08 10:40am

Tata Considers Relaunching Daimler Luxury Brand

Tata may attempt to extend its luxury business by resurrecting the Daimler luxury brand, according to reports from an investor meeting. Tata secured the rights to the Daimler name as part of the Jaguar-Land Rover purchase, though currently the only car with that name is the range-topping Jaguar Daimler Super 8. As we… » 7/29/08 4:20pm 7/29/08 4:20pm

Tata Nano To Get Two-Cylinder Turbo-Diesel Power, Bajillion Miles Per…

The Economic Times of India is reporting Tata has teamed up with German engineering firm FEV (who's also developing the hybrid system on the Mahindra Scorpio) to bring an 800 cc, turbocharged, two-cylinder diesel to the engine bay of the Tata Nano. Already blessed with a $2500 price tag and rumored to have a … » 7/24/08 1:00pm 7/24/08 1:00pm

Tata Nano To Offer Compressed Air Engine Optional, Make Electric Cars…

Buried in a New York Times article on "Low-Carbon Chic" (vomit) comes confirmation the Tata Nano, the $2500 (or maybe a bit more) mini-car will offer a MDI compressed air engine as an option. Tata has been backing MDI for a while now, and off-the-cuff we mused at the idea of the compressed air engine option in a Nano » 7/09/08 6:00pm 7/09/08 6:00pm

Blue Steel: $2500 Tata Nano May Become Slightly More Pricey

Ratan Tata wowed the world when he revealed his company's Tata Nano, the miniscule two-cylinder, four-door runabout designed to go to market with an equally tiny $2,500 price tag. Now, due to pressures from rising commodity prices, Tata may be in jeopardy of missing that now famous 1-lakh goal. Steel prices have… » 7/08/08 10:00am 7/08/08 10:00am

Ta Ta, Land Rover: British Army Replaces Defender With American Ridgback

In a truly majestic snub, the British Ministry of Defence has elected to replace its forward fleet of Land Rover Defenders with American-made "Ridgback" (or "Ridgeback" depending upon source) 4x4 armored trucks. The new vehicles are said to provide better protection for troops, better handling — better… » 6/30/08 1:00pm 6/30/08 1:00pm

More Evidence Points To Hummer Sale; Russians, Chinese Interested?

More evidence is emerging that GM is moving quickly to solve its Hummer problem. The Detroit Free Press reports today on John Voss, a Dayton-area dealer who purchased a Hummer franchise in April, who says that GM offered to refund his money. "They have three choices and they said they want to make this decision very… » 6/19/08 12:15pm 6/19/08 12:15pm

Jaguar Moving To New Jersey, Employees To Adopt Comical Accents

We suggest you not underestimate the staggering drawing power of the Garden State, especially to English companies that are now Indian companies. Jag is joining the club and moving its HQ and approximately 50 employees from Irvine, CA to New Jersey. Why is Jersey, already home to luxury automaker BMW, so appealing to… » 6/10/08 11:20am 6/10/08 11:20am

Tata Looking At Buying Hummer, Jokes Write Themselves

Okay, sooner or later Tata is going to have to stop making headlines, 'cause we're really, really trying to cut back on the innuendo. But today we get news that Tata is considering purchasing the brand GM may be trying to shed, Hummer. And even with our newfound restraint, we have to admit we had a mild aneurysm at… » 6/06/08 4:20pm 6/06/08 4:20pm

First Video Of Tata Nano Actually Driving, The $2,500 Money Shot

Ever since the Tata Nano set the world ablaze with the promise of the $2,500 car, we've been anxious to see one actually driving around. Alas, courtesy of a couple of dudes with a camera we now have the video of the half-pint people mover actually moving people. And unlike those fancy American cars, there's no need… » 6/05/08 6:00pm 6/05/08 6:00pm

Renault-Nissan And Bajaj Team Up On Tata-Upstaging $2,500 Car

Ratan Tata and his eponymous company sent the automotive world buzzing with news of their $2,500 car, the lilliputian Nano. At the time, we reported that Bajaj Auto, which is partnered with Renault-Nissan, was going to announce a $3,000 car. Turns out the companies have found a way to cut $500 off the price to create… » 5/12/08 9:40am 5/12/08 9:40am

Volga Display Of Prana: Russian Automaker GAZ Seeks Partners In India

Apparently this has been out there for a while, but before we discussed the news that Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod, manufacturers of the Volga line of hulking vehicular tragicomic props, was looking for partners on the Indian subcontinent, we needed to find press releases with the right sort of Moose-Und-Sqvirrel feel. » 4/07/08 10:00am 4/07/08 10:00am