• Jan 24, 2008
One way or another, we're going to see a Tata vehicle here in the United States. Whether or not it's through the Jaguar/Land Rover brands or something actually wearing the Tata nameplate, India's top vehicle builder is moving aggressively to become a world player. To that end, Tata Motors has entered into a new deal with Chrysler, LLC to develop an electric version of Tata's Ace mini truck for sale in North America. Chrysler's Global Electric Motorcars division (GEM) is working with Tata to import fully-assembled vehicles that meet all the appropriate U.S. regulations. The battery-operated Ace has successfully navigated the required safety tests, and they're reportedly ready for production. Tata wants to eventually export up to 50,000 vehicles to the US, but they've pegged the goal for 2008 at 10,000 units. This is definitely the year to keep an eye on Tata.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess the talks with Mahindra then Autoblog mentionned in early January didn't go further
      http://www.autoblog.com/2008/01/08/chrysler-and-mahindra-possibly-seeking-partnership/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Tata is a huge corporation and they make many cars and SUV's for India as well as other markets, not just $2,500 Nanos. With all their expertise, the quality will come.

      http://www.tata.com/0_about_us/index.htm

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, I can't wait to see how prestigious the new Jag will be! I'm sure everyone will be waiting for people in electric trucks and plastic cars to pull up and give them a thumbs up.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That doesn't mean the vehicles don't suck.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ford Motor Company has a market cap of $13.08B and they're selling off Jaguar/LR for between 1 and 2 billion dollars.

        While you denigrate Tata, remember that Tata has a market cap of $77B and if they wanted they could buy all of Ford.

        I've been following the Indian and Chinese auto industries for the past couple of years and it looks like my prediction was true that an indigenous Indian car company will be selling vehicles in the US before an indigenous Chinese company.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its amazing how uneducated and out of loop some of these statements are.Things have changed alot since '80s. TATAs are a company which are goingt o find a place in hostory just like the fords, you just dont know them and understand the changes taking place.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a NEV like the GEM, 25mph top speed for campus and business use in factories. I'm sure it will sell.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please bring in a compact 4 door sport utility truck so I don't have to go through heck trying to import a Mitsubishi Triton with a 2.5L 4 cyl turbo diesel with common rail injection.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And this is the company that is going to buy two British luxury marques. A company that makes electric trucks and $2500 cars. Too bad a BRITISH someone couldn't buy the most iconic British sports car company and the British company that makes the best sports utilities in the world.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mr. Blake, I agree that a British someone should buy both companies. However your statement about the best suv is way off the mark. Please click on the link for the J.D. Powers quality ranking. Look who is on the bottom. http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2007-06-06-ford-quality_N.htm
        • 7 Years Ago
        Correct. But who today is British in Britain? Not even the royal family is British, they´re Germans. That´s why they let BMW buy LandRover.
      • 7 Years Ago
      btw, in India these trucks are usually powered by 2-cylinder diesel engines, not electric motors. That seems to be for export + maybe some emission restricted areas within India.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota called, they want to explain the concept of "Copyright Infringement." Namely the rip-of of their HiAce model.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lets see the crash test first.
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