The second-generation Tata Nano could very well spawn a family of sub-models in the future, featuring – a hybrid, full electric and an air car (which uses compressed air to drive), according to the Hindustan Times.
The expelled Tata Sons chairman, Cyrus Mistry, wished to discontinue the slow-selling Tata Nano altogether has cited mounting losses from it-cumulatively valued at Rs. 6,400 crore. Since earlier this decade, the R&D team was said to be on new variants of the Nano, however, Mr. Mistry had shelved the projects, citing “no profitability”.
The publication reports that now under the leadership of Tata Motors’ new chairman N. Chandrasekaran, the shelved projects of the Tata Nano might be revived and meet a production line.
The bigger Nano code-named ‘Pelican’ has been spotted testing in the outskirts of Pune last-year. It is likely to compete against the likes of the Alto 800, Renault Kwid, Hyundai Eon and the Datsun RediGO.
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Source: Hindustan Times