Interesting Facts Series – Tata Motors

Do read our earlier post on the series here – BMW and Toyota.

We shall be covering Interesting Facts pertaining to Tata Motors in this post. Tata Motors Limited, earlier known as Tata Engineering & Locomotive Company (TELCO) is one of the largest Indian automobile maker. It manufactures a variety of automobiles – passenger cars, trucks, vans, coaches, buses, sports cars, construction equipment and military vehicles.

1. Tata Motors is 75 years old, started out as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (TELCO) in 1945. It started off in 1945 as a locomotive manufacturer!

2. TELCO’s first trucks bore the Mercedes logo. The company then had a technical collaboration with Daimler Benz.

3. Tata Trucks have been exported for more than 59 years to 45 countries! Their first exports were trucks to Sri Lanka in 1961.

4. In 1969, the Mercedes Benz three-pointed star gave way to the ‘T’ for Tata. Dawn of a new era!

5. Launched in 1986, the Tata 407 transformed the light commercial vehicle space with a frugal Indian built solution.

6. Tata Motors supplies fully armored combat vehicles to the Indian Army.

7. Launched in 1998; Tata Indica became India’s first fully-indigenous car! Also note that the name Indica came in from ‘Indian Car’.

8. Tata Prima, the ‘World Truck’, competes directly with the Volvos, the Mercedes and the Scanias of the world, not just in terms of design but also in terms of cabin comfort and engine performance.

9. On 27 September 2004, Ratan Tata, the Chairman of Tata Motors, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to mark the listing of Tata Motors. Tata Motors also became the first Indian automaker to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange!

11. Tata Motors pioneered the small commercial vehicle industry in 2005 with the launch of Tata Ace. The vehicle revolutionized the last-mile delivery model in the Indian market and was a monster hit. The company sold the first 100,000 units in just 20 months and over 22 Lakh units has been sold till date!

12. Tata Motors acquired the famed Jaguar-Land Rover brand June 2008 for a net consideration of $2.3 billion from Ford Motor Company.

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    • SV MT, V MT & V CVT variants: Discounts upto ₹45,000 (Cash Discount of ₹25,000 and Exchange Bonus of ₹20,000)
    • VX MT variant: Discounts upto ₹72,000 (Cash Discount of ₹37,000 and Exchange Bonus of ₹35,000)
    • VX CVT, ZX MT & ZX CVT Variants: Discounts upto ₹1,00,000 (Cash Discount of ₹50,000 and Exchange Bonus of ₹50,000)

*MT means Manual Transmission and CVT means Continuously Variable Transmission (Automatic)

Leaked – 2020 Nissan Kicks Variants, Engine Specs, Features

Almost all the details of the 2020 Nissan Kicks BS6 just surfaced online. Here’s all the low-down.

2020 Nissan Kicks Engine Specs Turbo

2020 Nissan Kicks BS6 Engine Details

  • Diesel engine discontinued
  • New 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine (156PS / 252Nm) – Most powerful petrol engine in a compact SUV
  • CVT automatic transmission with 8-step virtual shift points (Turbo only)
  • 1.5-litre normal petrol engine (106PS / 142Nm)
  • Mileage/Fuel efficiency of 14.1kmpl for normal and 16.3kmpl for turbo petrol engine
  • Total 4 Variants (XL, XV, XV Premium, XV Premium (O))
  • 1.5 Normal petrol engine with manual transmission available in 2 variants: XL and XV variants
  • 1.3 Turbo petrol engine with manual transmission available in 3 variants: XV, XV Premium and XV Premium (O)
  • 1.3 Turbo petrol engine with CVT automatic transmission available in 2 variants: XV, XV Premium

2020 Nissan Kicks BS6 Variant Breakdown and Features

XL Variant – Features

  • Nissan Connect Internet-connected features
  • Automatic AC
  • Rear AC vents
  • ABS
  • 2 front airbags
  • Cooled glovebox with illumination
  • Power outside mirrors
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Music system with FM, aux, Bluetooth and USB
  • Tilt steering
  • Front armrest
  • Halogen headlamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Rear defogger
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Remote central locking

2020 Nissan Kicks BS6 Engine Variant Combinations

XV Variant – Features

  • Remote engine start (Turbo AT only)
  • Push-button start/stop (Turbo AT only)
  • Idle start/stop (Turbo only)
  • ESC (Turbo only)
  • Traction control (Turbo only)
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Smartphone connectivity
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • 17-inch machined alloy wheels
  • Front fog lamps
  • Rear camera
  • Rear wipers
  • Rear armrest

XV Premium Variant – Features

  • Remote Engine Start
  • Push-button start/stop
  • LED Projector headlamps
  • Keyless entry
  • Power-folding outside mirrors
  • Hill-start assist
  • Cruise control
  • Front tweeters

2020 Nissan Kicks Unique Features

XV Premium (O) Variant – Features

  • Dual-tone interior
  • 360-degree camera
  • 2 Front thorax airbags
  • Auto headlamps
  • Auto wipers
  • Dual-tone roof
  • Delayed off headlamps
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Leather upholstery
  • Fog lamps with cornering function

2020 Nissan Kicks BS6 Launch Date Timeline

  • Dealership Prep – 10 May 2020
  • Online/Offline Bookings – 15 May 2020
  • Virtual 360-degree showroom – 15 May 2020
  • Ad campaign – 15 May 2020

Considering the continuing lockdown post-May 3, it looks like these details won’t hold true. Nissan will have to revise the launch timeline as per the updated lockdown norms. However, the online bookings, ad campaigns and virtual showroom may go live on 15 May as planned as it’s an online process.

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Source: PilotOnWheels

2 units of Toyota Vellfire dispatched in Sep’19!

Toyota is all set to launch the Vellfire, which is a 6-seater luxury MPV from the Japanese carmaker. The car will hit Indian roads in October 2019 and 2 units of the model has already been dispatched from the plant last month. Official launch date, however, is yet to be announced. The MPV is brought via CBU (Completely Built Up) route under the government’s 2,500 unit import rule. The car is estimated to be priced around Rs 75 lakh and will gun up straight against the Mercedes -Benz V-Class that costs between Rs 68.40 lakh (Expression Line) – Rs 81.90 lakh (Exclusive Line).

Toyota Vellfire is bound to feature a petrol-hybrid powertrain that includes a 2.5L engine and an electric motor producing 150bhp and 143bhp respectively. Its combined power output stands at 197bhp. The luxury MPV will come with a CVT gearbox and AWD (all-wheel-drive) system. While the global-spec Toyota Vellfire features a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 360 degree surround view camera and a 10.2-inch screen for rear seat passengers; there is no clarity whether the India-spec version will offer these features or not.