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Old 25th April 2007, 15:33   #1
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Default The good old Tata 207. PICS from around India

This 207, with the 3.0 L DI engine survived without even a slight problem on the approx 18000 km trip it had all over india while it was serving as a back up vehicle for our road trip.

Here are some pictures taken of the vehicle around India.

It served as a big room for all our stuff including jerry cans, clothings,electronics, parts, tyres, red bull cans, water etc as well has a back up two-wheeler


It had a private number plate, which helped matters a lot at borders and toll tax booths


Somewhere on the NH-8


In Kaza, spiti valley


Even the longish Blaze (and sometimes the jupiter) felt at home at the back of the 207


In leh


In kumarakom, kerala


Filling the CBR with 97 octane fuel. Thats me holding the pipe above tank of the cbr


Somewhere high up in the hills


In Sikkim


Drove this a lot between vijaywada and bhubaneshwar.. Gets to around 110km/h max, due to the high rise rear. Returned 10-10.5kmpl regularly.

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Nice pics. Thanks for sharing. What's it like to drive though?
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very nice.....I think this 207 is nice vehicle....and I have seen quite good use of this vehicle........
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Thanks for the wonderful pics. whats with the O.K tata bye bye in this pic.

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well, its a mini truck afterall!
This version didnt even have power steering and the play in the steering was enough for me to enact the driving scenes of old hindi movies!
That said, a tacho was a luxury The vehicle has lot of grunt, the 'box felt nice for a vehicle of this type. In the whole trip, it never had a prob no matter how harsh we used it, over any type of terrain, flat out thru highways and what not!
Suspension became better with more load at the rear, upfront 3 could sit with ease. With the windows rolled up, even the NVH levels were amazing!

But i remember being harassed by a Rajasthan state transport bus on my way to Jaipur. The 207 didnt go above 100 due to winds and the bus guy kept bothering me, staying right at my tail!

oktatabyebye.com was one of our sponsors for the ride. the site was launched by makemytrip.com guys and is about travelling around India.

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nice picture.. ya have seen these on xbhp.com
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By the way, isn't there a rule that pick-ups have to be registered as commercial vehicles in India?

AFAIK, this was exactly the reason why Ford didn't launch its much hyped Ranger Splash pick-up and also the reason why Tata TLis officially registered as an 11 seater MUV in order to be a private vehicle.......
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By the way, isn't there a rule that pick-ups have to be registered as commercial vehicles in India?

AFAIK, this was exactly the reason why Ford didn't launch its much hyped Ranger Splash pick-up and also the reason why Tata TLis officially registered as an 11 seater MUV in order to be a private vehicle.......
Tata TL.. 11 seater? Are you talking about the 207 lookalike with the 2.0 Safari engine? How can it be a 11 seater.

coming to the pick ups, up north we have seen many privately registered tata 207s and even in himachal i have come across many privately registered Mahindra Bolero pickups
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By the way, isn't there a rule that pick-ups have to be registered as commercial vehicles in India?
Is there really such a rule? I've never come across it and know of quite a few people who own privately registered pickups (Tatamobiles, Old Nissan crewcabs). I think this is hearsay.
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I think the rule says soemthing about the Loading weight(max cargo weight) to passenger ratio. Not too sure though.
With so many weird rules in Indian MVA, I will not be surprised.
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Default Regn rules for pick-up's

Earlier rules allowed a non-commercial pick-up truck, irrespective of it being a single-cab or a dual/crew-cab. A few years back, this rule was modified, and now only crew-cabs [dual-cabs] can be non-commercial. Single cab pick-ups are supposed to only be commercial vehicles. Even for the non-commercial pick-ups, they are registered as non-commercial by quoting them as 11 seater soft-tops. This means, at registration time, they need to show 11 seats total - 5 in the cab, and a 3+3 [2 benches], length-wise, in the cargo-bay.

But, this particular 207 raises the question if registration rules for pick-ups are different in different states. I have not seen a single non-commercial single-cab pick-up in Karnataka. [Else, even I would have had one]

Bunny, any idea how did this 207 one end up as white-board ?
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no idea condor, but as i said in post no 8, we have seen many a picks in north india with private no plates
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The number plate is of Amritsar. In Punjab RTOs you can do a lot of things, provided you know what strings to pull, and what strings to loosen.
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nice pix........................
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Great Pics !! Especially the Leh, Hills and Sikkim ones..

The Tata TL is a better vehicle with some creature comforts. But alas it only comes with a 2.0 L engine.
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