Jamshedpur, India – Tata Motors has announced the commercial launch of the Tata Nano, which will retail in India for the equivalent of approximately US$2,200. The new model comes with a two-cylinder gasoline engine with four-speed transmission, and will come in three trim lines.

“The Nano represents the spirit of breaking conventional barriers,” said chairman Ratan Tata. “From the drawing board to its commercial launch, the concept, development and productionization of the car has overcome several challenges. It is to the credit of the team at Tata Motors that a car once thought impossible by the world is now a reality. I hope it will provide safe, affordable, four-wheel transportation to families who till now have not been able to own a car. We are delighted in presenting the Tata Nano to India and the world.”

The Nano is currently being manufactured at the company’s plant in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand in limited numbers. A new dedicated plant at Sanand in Gujarat will be ready in 2010, with an annual capacity of 350,000 cars.

The Nano is 3.1 metres long, 1.5 metres wide and 1.6 metres tall, making it the smallest car available in India, but with 21 per cent more interior space than any car currently available. The three trim levels are the Standard, with fold-down rear seat; the CX, with heating and air conditioning, parcel shelf, power brakes and fold-down rear seat with nap rest; and the LX, with fabric seats, power locks and windows, fog lamps, trip meter, cup holder, mobile charger point, and rear spoiler.

The Nano has a top speed of 105 km/h and achieves 23.6 km per litre in testing, the highest for any gasoline car in India. Its emission rating of 101 gm/km of CO2 is the lowest of any car in the country. It also contains mandatory seatbelts, and has passed rollover and offset impact crash testing, which is not required in India.

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