An automatic version of the Tata Nano might be some time away and here’s why!
The Tata Nano’s diminutive dimensions make parking it even in the tightest of the parking spaces an easy affair Its peppy engine mated to a short gearing makes the Nano an able city car with brisk acceleration to boot. Finally, the Nano also delivers more mileage than any petrol car in the country making it an apt choice for city commuters is these times of spiraling high petrol prices. There has been plenty of talk in the past about Tata Motors developing a CVT version of Tata Nano to make an extremely capable city car the ultimate city hatch that is frugal to run, easy to park and most of all, an absolute breeze to drive.
While Tata Motors might continue developing the automatic version of the Nano, the Nano CVT might not see a launch anytime in the near future. According to an old newspaper report, Mr Ratan Tata was quizzed about the Nano being available in automatic guise by a prospective woman Nano owner. Mr Tata replied that while the firm had indeed considered developing an automatic version of the Nano, the car might not really fit the low cost scheme of things based on which the Nano has been designed.
This appears quite plausible as the very philosophy underlying the Nano was that of encouraging two wheeler riders in India to upgrade to the Nano rather than just building a super practical city car. Due to this, the Nano’s low entry price is a factor around which every decision has to be based upon. Therefore, the Tata Nano CVT might indeed take a while to see serial production and hence folks waiting for the automatic Nano might as well look at other options or consider buying the manual geared version of the Tata Nano.