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      TATA motors top secret project exposed!!

      Here’s an exclusive look at Tata’s composite car project, which has the signature touch of Marcello Gandini – the father of the legendary Miura. Light, affordable, and easy to assemble, here’s a look at Tata’s secret.

      Tata is working on an innovative super-secret car – the secret being its materials and the production technology. So secretive, in fact, that at the very last moment it was decided not to introduce the concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. It was deemed to have been premature, and there would have been a serious risk of giving away ideas to competition. Another reason could be a more banal economic question. Following the Nano’s failure, things at Tata aren’t exactly going according to plan (with the exception of Jaguar Land Rover that is) – as a result, the investments are currently earmarked for bolstering the current range. However you look at it though, you get the sense that this new car will be of high strategic value for the future of Tata Motors.

      So, here’s a preview of this groundbreaking vehicle. For starters, this is a global project, as opposed to the Nano. As a result, the Italian influence behind the design is clearly evident. Behind the innovative bodywork, in fact, there appears to be the hand of none other than Marcello Gandini – father of the Lamborghini Miura. He refused to comment, but (besides indications from reliable sources) there are certain design characteristics – such as the rear fenders – which evoke more than a few of the masterpieces created by the legendary designer in years past.

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      Here’s what we know –

      • The new car will be made of a composite material, with polymers far more economical than carbon fibre. The production process would, therefore, cost much less than traditional steel and aluminium.
      • The body would require no more than 25 moulds, and would be 20% lighter than a corresponding steel body.
      • Its modularity, moreover, would allow a number of body styles to be planned.
      • The first would be a hard top, followed by a cabrio, a mini-SUV, and more.
      • Engine would be 1000cc supercharged unit with 90 bhp



      The mechanicals would largely be inherited from the Nano. The engine would remain at the back, but would now be a 1,000cc supercharged unit with 90bhp – the same one that was destined for the European version of the Nano, of which much has been said over the years, but one that never saw the light of day. This research on materials, and on the scaling down of parts, is an obsession with Gandini – who, for years, has been looking at trends in low cost production. In 1983, he signed an agreement with Renault that ushered in an entirely plastic city car. The French company bought the project and locked it away in a drawer – the car was never made public, perhaps because it would have involved the reduction of manual labour in the assembly process. After 30 years, it would appear that Gandini has found an interlocutor for his ideas – provided we actually get to see this secret car revealed some day.

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      Quote Originally Posted by camchennai View Post
      TATA motors top secret project exposed!!
      Interesting news...

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      Dont like the front, but the rear is great....But IMO there is no chance this car is coming any time soon.

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      Car looks awesome
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      Ladies & Gentlemen, the Tata Prius.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ballkey View Post
      Ladies & Gentlemen, the Tata Prius.
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      Quote Originally Posted by camchennai View Post
      The new car will be made of a composite material, with polymers far more economical than carbon fibre.
      If my memory serves me right, back in 1976 maruti carried out testing of the to be launced M800 with the body made of fibre reinforced plastic. During testing in chennai, i believe the car met with an accident and the test driver died. After this maruti abandoned the idea of plastic body for cars.

      But at the same time, there was a car by the name DOLPHIN made by Sipani motors whose body was made of fibre reinforced plastic. It was a bangalore based company. The car had 2 doors. I vividly remember travelling in my friend's DOLPHIN.

      There are rumours that the govt of india deliberately killed DOLPHIN to promote M800. After all MARUTI was started by Sanjay Gandhi. Before it could kick off, he perished in a plane accident. Under pressure from a lot of investors, The govt of india came forward along with collaboration from Suzuki.

      DOLPHIN would have given M800 a run for its money

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      Quote Originally Posted by suresh_gs View Post
      killed DOLPHIN to promote M800
      Also standard 2000 car factory(Contessa) near Vandalur, chennai also got suppressed and went for closure.

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      Quote Originally Posted by bala_321 View Post
      Also standard 2000 car factory(Contessa) near Vandalur, chennai also got suppressed and went for closure
      Standard 2000 was never supressed. The management killed the product. The styling was way ahead of it's times but the interiors were crap, body prone to rust, outdated engine, horrible gear box and not but not the least very poor mileage. The price was about 2 lakhs back in 1987 while M800 was around 50k. The company got some benefits from the govt as it was tagged a luxury car. One of my friends was an ex employee of Standard motors. he said that one of the customers filed a case aginst the company citing low mileage in the consumer court.
      The company engineers worked on the product but could not achieve the mileage as was originally claimed. The comapny was then forced to shell out compensation to all the affected customers but could not do so resulting in factory closure.

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      Quote Originally Posted by suresh_gs View Post
      Standard 2000 was never supressed. The management killed the product
      May be true.


      Quote Originally Posted by suresh_gs View Post
      one of the customers filed a case aginst the company citing low mileage in the consumer court
      Consumer court and cases during that period was not that effective/forceful as i remember.

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