Auto Expo 2018: Tata Motors showcases 2 concept vehicles, 6 electric vehicles
New Delhi: The country’s largest automaker by revenue, Tata Motors Ltd, showcased close to 25 vehicles, including six electric vehicles (EVs) and two novel platforms for its passenger vehicles segment at the Auto Expo on Wednesday.
Built around the theme of “Smart Mobility, Smart Cities”, the Tata Motors pavilion showcased an electric version of its compact sedan Tigor, a fully electric bus, an electric version of its first race car RaceMo and a truck running on liquefied natural gas (LNG), among others.
“Tata Motors is committed to future mobility with significant investments being made in the electric, passenger and commercial vehicles segments,” said N. Chandrasekaran, chairman, Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata group.
The key highlight of the event was the unveiling of two new vehicular architecture platforms for passenger vehicles in a bid to expand the addressable market by entering new segments.
“We are increasing modularity for customisation and want to enter new segments within passenger vehicles to expand the addressable market,” said Guenther Butschek, managing director and chief executive at Tata Motors.
The H5X concept vehicle, developed jointly with the company’s UK unit Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Automotive Plc, was described as the “next big leap in the SUV (sports utility vehicle) space” by Mayank Pareek, head of the passenger vehicles unit at the firm.
The H5X, built on the Omega Arch platform, is an entry-level SUV, with larger SUVs built on the platform to follow in the future. It is the first model from the Tata stable to employ the Impact 2.0 design language.
Meanwhile, the futuristic concept hatchback 45X is built on the ALFA-ARC platform, and will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20.
On the commercial vehicles side, three new models were unveiled. The Signa4323, the company claims, is India’s first six-axle rigid truck with a payload that is 4.5 tonnes higher than the nearest competitor.
The company also showcased two new light commercial vehicles, the light truck Ultra T.7, and the Intra, a small truck.
The company’s new range of diesel engines for commercial vehicles named Turbotronn was also unveiled.
The Tata Jayem range of performance cars, produced in a joint venture with Jayem Automotive Pvt. Ltd, a Coimbatore-based automaker, were also on display.
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