Tata Motors could use a contract manufacturer for the Nano’s Indonesian foray!
While the Nano heading to Indonesia is something you’d have already known about if you’ve been following our updates, there has been a brand new development in this regard today. Tata Motors, it seems is looking to appoint a contract manufacturer in Indonesia, who will build the Nano, which Tata will sell at the Indonesian market. This move is expected to reduce Tata’s risk significantly as the Indian automaker won’t have to invest in setting up a production facility at the South East Asian nation.Also, the Tata Ace mini pick up truck could also be manufactured by the contract manufacturer.
While the Indonesian firm’s name, which will receive the order for manufacturing the Nano and the Ace is yet to be disclosed, production is expected to begin sometime in the second half of 2012. Therefore, expect an announcement from Tata Motors in this regard shortly. In India, Tata has been going everything it can to make the Nano a success and the latest move from Tata has been that of giving the Nano a comprehensive upgrade. The upgraded 2012 Tata Nano is a much improved version and could be a decent seller for Tata Motors as it covers most shortfalls of the first version.
Tata has also been doling out attractive discounts and low down payment offers on the Tata Nano and this seems to be having the intended effect with the Nano selling over 6,000 units in the month of November, 2011. A diesel variant of the Nano will be the next big thing from Tata if it wants to utilize the 250,000 unit installed capacity that it has put up for manufacturing the Nano at Sanand, Gujarat. With the diesel Tata Nano touted to deliver a fuel economy figure of over 40 Kmpl, it could very well be the car that actually brings to fruition, Ratan Tata’s dream of putting India on four wheels.