Tata Engineering (Telco) is planning to launch the station
wagon version of its Indigo Sedan in the next couple of
months as well as a petrol version of its multi-utility
vehicle (MUV), the Safari.
two are expected to hit the roads by the festive season
this year. These two vehicles are part of the 10 new vehicles
that the company plans to launch this fiscal.
sources say the Indigo station wagon will be offered in
both petrol and diesel versions and are at present being
test-driven across various terrains. The vehicle will
compete with existing models like the Sienna Weekender,
the Opel Swing and the station wagon version of Maruti's
is positioning the station wagon mostly at the export
markets and hopes that this fiscal the car will help it
double passenger car exports to 5,000 units. The station
wagon will be launched in the second half of the year.
has big plans for its MUVs, too. It is planning a major
upgrade of the power train of both the Safari and the
Sumo. The company plans to tap the export markets mainly
with the new version of the Tata Safari, which is to be
fitted with a high-end petrol engine to deliver additional
power required for MUVs.
Safari has also been fitted with additional features like
antilock braking system and airbags to tap the overseas
market. Developed at the Telco Engineering Research Centre,
the petrol engine Safari is likely to come equipped with
a 2.5-litre engine and is expected to roll out with new
styling, colours and a price tag of between Rs 7.5 and
Rs 8.5 lakh.
from this, the company is planning to launch a premium
version of its Indica, called the Indica Sport, which
will be fitted with the more powerful Indigo engine to
deliver the punch expected from a sports car. Company
officials say that big volumes are not expected from the
Indica Sport and the car will cater to a niche segment.
will start selling the Indica, branded as the Rover in
the UK, during the second half of the present fiscal.
It is targeting exports of 1.5 lakh units of the Indica
over five years. The passenger car business has positively
contributed to the turnaround of Telco, which reported
a profit of Rs 300 crore for 2002-03.
company sold 10,915 passenger cars in May 2003 of which
the Indica accounted for 6,772 units while the Indigo
accounted for 1,983 units. The company sold 2,160 MUVs.