‘India’s first connected car’ would have used a 190bhp turbocharged engine; but management has ended the project before its launch
The Indian car maker’s sub-brand had created the 190bhp model, which used a turbocharged petrol engine, to become its first ‘aspirational’ model. It is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 6sec, making it 1.3sec quicker than the most potent MX-5.
However, Autocar India has indicated that shrinking profits for Tata have convinced the brand’s management to cull non-core products and practices. Investment into the Tamo brand, which was destined to receive about £30 million for its development, has been halted, and Tata has also pulled out of the 2018 Geneva motor show – suggesting its growth plans for Europe will also be hindered.
Jaguar Land Rover is the only Tata automotive brand to have turned a profit. The Indian-funded British company sold more than half a million cars for the first time last year, and the recent launches of models like the Range Rover Velar and Jaguar E-Pace are predicted to accelerate its growth.
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