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Tata Motors adds new features to Nano, claims improved mileage

Tata Motors adds new features to Nano, claims improved mileage

The company claims to have improved the car's mileage to 25.4 km per litre from the existing 23.6 km per litre. The 624 cc engine has also been made more powerful. The 'new' Nano will continue to be available at existing prices - between Rs 1.40 lakh and Rs 1.96 lakh.

In an attempt to lift falling sales of its 'small car', Tata Motors on Monday unveiled several new features for the Nano, including improved fuel efficiency, at no extra cost.

The company claimed mileage has been improved to 25.4 km per litre, up from existing 23.6 km per litre, certified by the Automotive Research Association of India.

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This comes with a low kerb weight of 600 kg, ensuring the lowest CO2 (carbondioxide) emission among Indian cars.

"Tata Nano owners, over 90 per cent of whom are highly satisfied with their choice, have given us valuable insights on what more can be done. We have introduced some of these ideas," said Tata Motors India chairman P.M. Telang.

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The car's 624 cc engine has also been made more powerful delivering 38 PS power, against 35 PS earlier, the official added.

Other features include a revised suspension setup, including an anti-roll bar at the front and a new steering mechanism.

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Booster-assisted brakes and tip-tap mirrors, presently available in Nano CX and Nano LX models, have now been added to the Nano Standard, and a tip-tap mirror can be added as an accessory on the passenger side in the latter (Nano Standard).

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Tata Nano shall continue to be available at existing prices. Ex-showroom (Delhi), Nano Standard costs Rs 1.40 lakh, Nano CX Rs 1.70 lakh and Nano LX comes at Rs 1.96 lakh.

Tata Motors is India's largest automobile company with consolidated revenues of $27 billion in 2010-11.

According to Society of India Automobile Manufacturers, Nano's sales have declined by 17.85 per cent during April- October period in this year at 33,245 units. The company had sold 40,467 units in the same period last year.

The company is reported to have been preparing to launch a diesel variant of Nano, which is expected soon.

Last year, during Delhi Auto Expo in January, German component major Bosch said it had developed a special diesel engine in partnership with Tata Motors for the Nano.

"We have developed the 1.1-CRS (common-rail system) for the Tata Nano diesel (version). The system will also be produced locally," Bosch Automotive Group chairman Bernd Bohr had said then.

- With IANS inputs