Nano production comes to a temporary halt

Nano production comes to a temporary halt
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First Published: Wed, Apr 08 2009. 11 35 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Apr 08 2009. 11 35 PM IST
New Delhi: There is some more trouble for Tata Motors Ltd’s Nano car project, this time on the production front.
Production of the Rs1 lakh Nano, billed as the world’s cheapest car, at Tata Motors’ Pantnagar plant in Uttarakhand has been halted since the start of April and is expected to resume only by 12 April, according to people familiar with the development.
“There are issues with certain critical components like crankshaft and crankcase of Tata Nano,” one person, who didn’t want to be named, told CNBC-TV18. Tata Motors had apparently been struggling with the problem even before the car was launched on 23 March, the people said.
Tata Motors denied any production issues, calling the report “speculative and unwarranted”.
“We categorically state that there are no issues with the crankshaft, crankcase, air intake system, etc. of the Tata Nano,” a company spokesperson said.
With bookings for the Nano expected to start in the next 24 hours, the people familiar with the development said Tata Motors is still significantly behind its production schedule.
Tata Motors’ attempt to ramp up Nano production to 50 cars a day this month have come undone, and it is in all probability producing under 20 cars a day, the people said. In all, the firm has managed to produce about 1,000 cars till date while at least 50,000 booking forms have been sold so far, these people said.
“Production and manufacturing details are internal to the company,” the Tata Motors’ spokesperson said. “Production and sales data of the Tata Nano will be made public by the company for the month of July when deliveries of the car will commence.”
Tata group chairman Ratan Tata and Tata Motors managing director Ravi Kant are expected to visit Pantnagar in the second half of April.
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First Published: Wed, Apr 08 2009. 11 35 PM IST