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Geneva 2009: Bodacious Tatas - Indian automaker debuts Nano Europa

by Chris Paukert on Mar 4th 2009 at 11:58AM swipe-breaking.gifswipe-geneva-motor-show.gif

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Tata Nano Europa

Uttering the word "Europa" should spark memories of the funky and fragile Lotus of the '60s and '70s, or perhaps the British sportscar company's more recent revival. What one normally doesn't tend to think of is the Tata Nano.

That may change, however, as the discount Indian auto is slated to come to The Continent wearing the Nano Europa badge, and it will arrive with more standard equipment and a higher base price than the target $2,500 USD it will sell for in India. Judging from the production-ready models debuting at the Geneva Motor Show this week, it will also be the best-looking Nano in the family.

While the naming usage may have Colin Chapman rolling in his minimalist coffin, the Nano Europa still shares a few similarities, including a low curb weight, small wheels at the corners, small engines with unusual placements, and so on.

tata_nano_euro_yellow_05_opt.jpgThe Europa differs significantly from the standard Nano with a longer 2.28-meter wheelbase (90 inches, or about 7.5 inches longer), a different drivetrain and added standard equipment. In fact, the Europa offers a raft of high-end new-to-Nano features like four-lug 14-inch alloy wheels, electric power steering, LED lighting (unlikely to see production) and even a standard passenger-side mirror. Did we mention it even has an all-aluminum three-cylinder engine and a five-speed transmission for less-dangerous highway cruising?

All joking aside, the Europa also figures to get more safety features, including stability control and anti-lock brakes, and Tata says the car will adhere to all necessary safety regulations before it goes on sale.

While pricing has not been announced, there is talk of hitting the 5,000 Euro bogey (around $6350 USD) when the car launches for 2011, and if the company can hit that target price, we suspect there will be far more Tata Europas extant than Lotus Europas in just a few months' worth of production. High-res gallery of both yellow and silver Europas below, official press release after the jump.

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Courtesy: Autoblog.

If this is the sign's of thing's to come, I shall join the queue to book the Nano. So refined and interior's are way above any 4 lakh Maruti can ever hope to have.

Durango Dude2009-03-04 17:55:12

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This looks a class apart from what the 1L car looks like which is getting released in India. But DD, do you think that it will sell in good numbers if this one costs 4L??? I doubt it. We Indians have a mentality which brands cars and if some one buys a cheapest people's car for 4L !!! they are gone!

 

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It has a Automatic gear box as well! With Airbags, Electric stearing and leather uphols! Truely a beauty, but dont you think this would be classified as a cheap car in India?

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@Sharash: the very fact a company called Maini is making Reva EV's and selling them at atrocious quality/cost is reason enough. If this is the way even a 'future' Nano will look like, I think it's worth it. This would surely be the rich man's 'golf cart'. Wow a real stunner. Look's like a jewel inside...could also be called "Nano-Cartier", then the moneyed brigade will definitely cast a second glance.

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With this kind of spec & looks, I would mind paying Rs 2-3 lakhs for it. Hope Tata will offer this Europa in India. The 4-lugs wheel is a welcomed features - more aftermarket options later.

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We Indians have a mentality which brands cars and if some one buys a cheapest people's car for 4L !!! they are gone!

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This mentality is precisely the reason Maruti has been pushing 800 junk to Indians successfully for past two decades.

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Europa looks Classy...And yellow looks very sporty with those upmarket leather jetblack interiors, that big TATA symbol on steering, 4power windows, powere mirrors, abs, airbags, full black glass at rear and those headlights and rearlights with multispoke alloys, only one thing - WOW..I wont mind to pay 3-3.5lacs for this as this is around 20%spacious than M800..

TATA IS ROCKING

And it doesnt has Auto Gearbox sharash..

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