The Tata Indica literally changed the Taxi scene in India, and ruled the taxi scene for many years too, but lately has been facing a lot of competition from the Mahindra Verito, the Toyota Etios and the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and as a result of this, the boffins at Tata motors have decided to produce a replacement for the Indica eV2. This new car from Tata will still be based on the XO platform (the very same platform used by the Indica).
The new car which has not yet been named, will not be an all-new product and will still carry over some technology and features from the Indica, but from the design aspect, it will be totally refreshed and Tata motors might consider replacing the age old motor currently doing duty in the Indica with something more frugal and environment-friendly.
The new car based on the XO platform will roll out of the Tata Motors factory at Sanand in Gujarat. This plant which was originally set up in Gujarat for the manufacturing of the Tata Nano with a capacity of manufacturing 20000 units a month has only been manufacturing between 1000-2000 units a month, all thanks to the Nano’s dismal sales. To get some investment returns from this manufacturing facility, Tata motors has decided to produce the new car at this plant instead of their factory near Pune.
In yet another big move, Tata Motors has decided to shift the production of the upcoming Tata Bolt from the Ranjangaon plant to its own factory near Pune, because if Tata had used the Plant at Ranjangaon which is shared by Tata and Fiat, they would have to pay Fiat for using the Ranjangaon plant facilities which would only add to the production cost. Because of this move from Tata, we can expect the Tata Bolt to priced a little lower than expected.
This new hatchback based on the XO platform is expected to be priced between Rs. 3-4 lakh and will compete with the likes of the Maruti WagonR and will be launched by 2015.