Tata is out to battle lukewarm demand for the company's Nano with a range of improvements to the world's least-expensive new vehicle. Engineers have upped the Nano's power and fuel efficiency while decreasing emissions at the same time. The vehicle's 624-cc engine now produces a whopping 37.5 horsepower, enough to help the machine tackle up to 30 percent road grades and reach a max speed of 65 mph. The company has also reworked the suspension on the Nano with a new anti-roll bar in the front as well as a redesigned steering mechanism.

More importantly, the Nano Standard now comes with power-assisted brakes. That nicety was only available on higher trims in the past. Inside, the Nano now wears new materials available in three colors: beige, black or gray, though buyers may now select from a range of 10 different exterior paints.

Tata is likely desperate to do something to improve the vehicle's sales. While the company originally projected that buyers would take home between 20,000 and 25,000 Nano vehicles a month, September only saw 1,200 units leave dealer lots. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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Tata Nano now with even more!

* More fuel efficiency at 25.4 kmpl
* New premium interiors
* New vibrant colours
* Best-in-class air-conditioning
* Lowest CO2 emission, among cars in India

All at the same price

Tata Motors today announced for the Tata Nano introduction of a bouquet of features -- of new colours, new interiors, a more powerful gasoline engine and even greater fuel efficiency of 25.4 kmpl, further improving on its record as India's most fuel efficient petrol car. The car is already available at dealerships, at the same price as before.

Making the Tata Nano even more desirable, the car's 624cc engine has been made more powerful delivering an impressive 38PS of power (earlier 35 PS) and 51Nm of torque (earlier 48 Nm). Yet fuel efficiency, already a high point with Tata Nano owners, has been taken to a new high of 25.4 kmpl (earlier 23.6 kmpl) as certified by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). The high fuel efficiency, with a low kerb weight of 600 kg, ensures that the Tata Nano at 92.7 gm / kmhas the lowest CO2 emission among cars in India.

With a top speed of 105 km and ability to negotiate inclines with a gradeability of 30%, and a class-leading turning radius of just 4 metres, the Tata Nano is a perfect combination of power and performance.

The ride and handling, also already highly appreciated by existing owners, now has become even better with a revised suspension set-up, including an anti-roll bar at the front, and a steering mechanism made even easier. While the cabin is quiet, a racier sounding exhaust note now gives the Tata Nano a more assertive road presence. Booster-assisted brakes, already available in the Nano CX and the LX, have now been added to the Nano Standard as well. The Nano CX and LX now have tip-tap mirrors on both the driver and passenger sides. For the Nano Standard, which already has a driver side mirror, the passenger side one can be installed as an accessory.

The interiors are completely new with enhanced premiumness in look and feel - luxurious beige in the Nano LX, rich black in the Nano CX and stunning medium graphite in the Standard version. The exteriors are now a veritable vibgyor of 10 colours, eight of them new -- Pearl White, Rouge Red, Aqua Blue, Neon Rush, Serene White, Meteor Silver, Mojito Green, Papaya Orange, Sunshine Yellow, and Champagne Gold. New half or full wheel caps accentuate the distinctiveness.

Commenting on the introduction, Mr. P.M. Telang, Tata Motors' Managing Director - India Operations, has said, "Tata Nano owners, over 90% of whom are highly satisfied with their choice, have given us valuable insights on what more can be done. We have introduced some of these ideas. We will continue to add features, as has been our tradition across our product portfolio."

The three trim levels and their key features are:

Tata Nano Standard: The standard version comes with three colour options -- Rouge Red, Aqua Blue, Serene White -- along with clear headlamps, tubeless tyres and tip-tap driver side mirror, booster-assisted brakes and front suspension with anti-roll bar. The interiors comprise dual-tone vinyl seats and fold-down rear seat.

Tata Nano CX: The Nano CX comes in six colour options -- Rouge Red, Champagne Gold, Neon Rush, Meteor Silver, Papaya Orange and Serene White. The interiors have been refreshed with trendy black fabric seats, ebony black interiors, fold-down rear seat with nap rest. Besides these, the variant offers best-in-class air-conditioning with heating (optional), parcel shelf, booster-assisted brakes, tip-tap mirrors on driver and passenger side and half wheel covers.

Tata Nano LX: The top-end variant comes loaded with features like premium beige fabric seats, central locking, door handles, front power windows, cup holder in front console, provision for 12V socket, body coloured bumpers, fog lamps, electronic trip meter, rear spoiler, full wheel covers and tip-tap mirrors on driver and passenger side and booster-assisted brakes. The Nano LX comes in six premium colours -- Pearl White, Papaya Orange, Mojito Green, Sunshine Yellow, Meteor Silver and Champagne Gold.

All the variants come with an unmatched warranty of 4 years or 60,000 kms, whichever is earlier.

The Tata Nano will continue to be available at the same price. The Tata Nano is priced (ex-showroom, Delhi), at Rs.1.40 lakhs for the Nano Standard, Rs.1.70 lakhs for the Nano CX and Rs.1.96 lakhs for the Nano LX.

The Tata Nano is available across 676 outlets. Customers can buy the Tata Nano at an extremely low down-payment, starting from Rs.15,000, and high tenure financing (up to 60 months).


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  • 11 Comments
      EZEE
      • 6 Months Ago
      Would someone prefer this over a used car? A toyota corolla with a 100,000 miles on it, or this? I would take the Toyota...how about the rest? No wrong answer...
        LEONARD
        • 6 Months Ago
        @EZEE
        ahhh in many places a used toyota with 100k miles would still cost more than this car, i love my 1970 honda n600 because it's not the same game it get awesome mpg and is simple, this car has more power room and good mpg so it's all choice if you have a choice at all.
      EZEE
      • 6 Months Ago
      Just retread gorr's comment...wonder if you could electrify one of these babies? This would score a 2 of 3 Happy Dans Cheap, lightweight, but not aero enough. 2 of 3 Happy Dans comes out to one 'content with reservations' Dan.
      Roy_H
      • 6 Months Ago
      So what is the reason for lack of sales? Does the Nano have a reliability issue? Are there significantly better cars for just a few lakhs more? Poor economy, as in low employment? Although more colors will make the car more appealing, I can't imagine it making much difference.
        Guillaume Séguin
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Roy_H
        It's hard to understand. When you see the huge success of the Dacia low-cost brand in Europe (which is a mature market, unlike India). Maybe people just don't want a super cheap car, I mean no heating, underpowered engine, 12in wheels...
      EV Now
      • 6 Months Ago
      In October Nano sold some 3,868 cars. BTW, the largest selling Maruti Alto sold 15K cars. http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2011/11/04/india-october-2011-hyundai-eon-up-to-8th-place/#more-11013
      Tweaker
      • 6 Months Ago
      Did they upgrade the firewalls too?
      carney373
      • 6 Months Ago
      Poor people aren't going to buy a car when oil has crashed the global economy after going up 1,400% in price in only 9 years. Make the Nano fully flex fueled, able to run on any alcohol fuel. India is a lush tropical nation, able to grow ethanol crops. And methanol can be made from not only natural gas and coal but also any biomass at all including crop residues, weeds, trash, even sewage - that's why methanol is so cheap without subsidies and even after taking mileage into account. (In 2008 when gasoline hit $4 a gallon here in the US, methanol sold for about 90 cents, $1.80 in energy equivalent quantity.) It only costs $130 per new car at the factory for automakers to add this feature.
      LEONARD
      • 6 Months Ago
      If they could sell them in the States without all that crash rating junk they would sell like hot cakes i would buy one less money than some Bicycles
        Ele Truk
        • 6 Months Ago
        @LEONARD
        The US would have to have the equivalent of a quadracycle rating for vehicles. Meaning it's not rated for highways. Kind of a gas version of a NEV. But the auto industry would probably spend millions to fight adding such a classification.
      goodoldgorr
      • 6 Months Ago
      The nano looks the same as the mitshusbihi i-miev, that's the worst look available. At least it's cheap.