Tata pack out their Geneva stand with an array of models ranging from the debut of its European-marketed Tata Nano, the Europa, to the next-generation Tata premium sedan designed by Pininfarina and Indica Vista electric vehicle.
Staying compact but sharpening the principle design elements, Tata premiere a Nano specifically for Europe: the Nano Europa. Measuring in at 3.29 metres in length and 1.58 m in width, it won't be the smallest compact on the market but with a slightly longer wheelbase of 2.28 m, it will surprise with the space and manoeuverability offered.
Recognising the current climate's need for smaller, more fuel-efficient cars but also the trend towards more compact vehicles, Tata seek to provide buyers of the Nano Europa with utility in mobility, affordability but utlimately pleasure and environmental friendliness.
The Nano Europa will be powered by a 3-cylinder 'sporty' all-aluminium MPFI engine mated to a five-speed 'box and power steering. This will allow the greatest in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km. Crucially, a redesigned interior also debuts for European markets bringing 'smooth curves' and a modern yet gentle feel to the Nano. The compact will provide its occupants with the standard safety get-up, namely the use of advanced restraint systems, ABS, ESP and air bags as well as the assurance of an all-sheet metal body and, energy absorbing design.
The Prima, however, is a Tata of European origin. Designed by a team at Pininfarina, the Prima concept stars alongside the new Nano Europa as a vision for a next-generation luxury sedan. The vehicle inherits 'sporting' design cues that evoke the Indian brand and evolve its outgoing Indigo model to near-'coupe' form.
The Indica Vista EV is the Tata for four. Its EV moniker betrays its environmental drivetrain, one that aims at a 200 km range and a 0-60 km/h (0-37 mph) lurch in under 10 seconds. The new battery will be produced in conjunction with Miljo Grenland/Innovasjon of Norway, 70 per cent of which is owned by Tata's UK-based European subsidiary. The super polymer lithium ion battery is already undergoing testing in Europe on the Indica.
Also at Geneva is the new-generation Tata Indica Vista and Tata Xenon 2.2-litre double-cab, the former having launched in August 2008 and holder of two local awards: UTVi Autocar Best Value for Money and the Business Standard Motoring Jury Award.