Tata Motors to begin selling the Nano in Indonesia from early 2013
Tata Motors will begin selling the world’s least priced car, the Nano, in Indonesia from early 2013. The Nano, which will be sold in Indonesia will be initially imported into the country as a completely built unit(CBU). Based on the demand that the Nano generates in Indonesia, Tata Motors will take a call about local assembly or manufacture of the small car. The Nano that will be sold in Indonesia will be a petrol engined version, which will be similar to the variant sold in the Indian car market. For the Indonesian market though, the left hand drive version of the Nano will be sold.
The Tata Nano is expected to be priced under $10,500 in Indonesia, which while being more than double the price of the car in the Indian car market, will still be cheaper than the rest of the small cars sold in Indonesia by more than $4,000. So, like in India, the Nano will be least priced car in Indonesia as well. The Tata Nano is currently available in petrol engined guise, with a 623cc, liquid cooled, twin cylinder petrol engine producing 38 PS of peak power and 55 Nm of peak torque. This motor is mated to a four speed manual gearbox.
The petrol engine of the Nano is an ultra frugal unit, managing to deliver well over 20 Kmpl for every liter of petrol while also being extremely clean with one of the least carbon dioxide emissions for every kilometer travelled. The Nano has a very small turning radius which makes it very manouverable even in crowded lanes of traffic infested cities. Also, the compact dimensions of the car makes it a breeze to park in the smallest of gaps. Air conditioning is standard on the top end LX variant of the Nano while other creature comforts like power windows and a stereo player is available on the top end variant.
The car will get a CNG-petrol dual fuel version for the Indian car market in the coming months even as Tata Motors is readying up a diesel engined version of the Nano, that is expected to debut sometime in 2013. Apart from the Nano, Tata Motors will also launch the Ace and the Super Ace mini pick up trucks in the Indonesian market. The Tata Ace can be credited with kick starting the mini pick up truck segment of the world and is a best selling model. While the Tata Ace has a payload of 600 kilograms, the Super Ace, which comes with many creature comforts and a bigger diesel engine can lug around over a ton.