New Delhi: Tata Motors is planning to bring out a new vehicle, which would be a cross-over between the Safari and Sumo. This announcement follows the automaker's recent launch of the the next generation Indica Vista. (See: Tata Motors launches the new Indica Vista)
The new Safari-Sumo crossover was displayed at the Auto Expo two years back.
Tata Motors also plans to roll out the next generation Indigo, possibly on the same platform as the Indica. The company has so far spent Rs1,700 crore on the new Indica platform and expects to sell over 12,000-13,000 units a month.
Apart from the Indica and Indigo, the company is likely to introduce next generation models of the Safari and Sumo, along with the new crossover.
The Tata Group company is also working out details to expand Land Rover's network in the Indian auto market by 2009. It is also planning to introduce the Jaguar in India (See:Tata Motors plans big promotion of Jaguar, Land Rover in India)
A Tata Motors official said that the Land Rover was already present in India in through a distributor and in order to expand the Land Rover's presence in India, Jaguar - Land Rover would send a team to the country to study the domestic market.
Tata Motors feels that the expansion of Land Rover sales in India will help Tata Motors to better utilise its production capacity in the UK.
According to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, sales for utility vehicles had slowed down to 16.03 per cent in the April-July quarter, somewhat lower at 16.03 per cent. While slow, the market for utility vehicles has not declined sharply, though in comparison, overall car sales grew at a robust 23.63 per cent in the first quarter of this fiscal.
Tata Motors, which acquired Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motors in an all-cash deal worth $2.3 billion, has scaled down production due to falling sales and hence the India push.
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