could help in Nano`s Europe launch
Jan 15: The chairman of Indian automaker Tata Motors has left
open the possibility of bringing the Nano to Europe and hinted
at Fiat helping it out with the world`s cheapest car.
an interview with Italian car magazine, Ratan Tata also said
he would keep the Jaguar and Land Rover luxury brands true
to their roots if the Indian automaker were to buy them from
US automaker Ford.
is indispensable that Jaguar and Land Rover remain two brands
that are authentically English," he was quoted as saying
in an advanced copy of an article to come out in the next
issue of the magazine. "Altering their Britishness would
copy of the article was obtained on Tuesday. For the opposite
end of the market, Tata unveiled the Nano at the New Delhi
auto show last Thursday. At a dealer price of Rs 1 lakh it
hailed the four seater as the world`s cheapest car, designed
for millions of poor consumers in developing countries.
about the possibility of eventually bringing the car to Europe,
Tata said: "I don`t exclude anything. It is an option
that we are still considering but I don`t think it`s impossible."
the likelihood of expanding Tata`s partnership with Italy`s
Fiat to include the Nano, he said: "I will talk about
it with Fiat Chief Executive, Sergio Marchionne."
was not clear what kind of help Fiat could offer Tata. Fiat
declined to comment on the report. It has said in the past
that it would be willing to provide technical support to Tata
if it were to end up buying Jaguar and Land Rover. Tata and
Fiat already have a joint venture to make cars, trucks, engines,