Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Commercial Vehicles


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 23rd May 2005, 18:34   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: N.A
Posts: 6,834
Thanked: 1,503 Times
Default TATA Motors Ace Mini Carrier-Signs of the future?

Hi Guys

Dont know if many of you noticed the new 4 wheeled mini-truck launched by Tata recently. Its kind of like the Minidor / Piaggio Ape, except that it has four wheels and is therefore more stable.

Of particular interest is its 2 cylinder diesel engine, which is supposedly an Indica engine cut into two. Despite the tiny engine, I could see a few of them zipping along the narrow streets of Cochin at a fair clip.

Could this be one of the engines that Tata could consider for his Rs.1 Lakh car? It does sound very busy, though - not sure how it could find application in a car.

In related news I believe Bajaj Auto as well as Piaggio are considering similar 'quadricycles', essentially 4-wheeling their current 3 wheelers...I hope this is true, as it would lead to safer roads without the three-wheelers who currently do 360 degree turns in the blink of an eye.

Incidentally the Tata Ace seems to have a fairly decent payload as well - I saw it carry stuff that could probably fill up the loading bay of a Mahindra Maxx.

Last edited by Steeroid : 23rd May 2005 at 18:45.
Steeroid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd May 2005, 19:17   #2
BHPian
 
DueLLeR's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Vashi / Navi Mumbai
Posts: 189
Thanked: 61 Times
Default

Yeah, Steeroid.

I was in Pune on Saturday / Sunday and happened to see one of those little thingies zipping on NH4. This particular vehicle had only a temporary registration sticker. Probably TATA was doing road tests before they finally put it up for sale. Though I overtook it quiet comfortably, I was surprised at its performance considering the fact that it has only a two-cylinder DI engine. It is surprisingly low for a truck and looks quiet cute, actually!
DueLLeR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd May 2005, 20:28   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
islero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,574
Thanked: 4 Times
Default

I saw one of these today myself, a white example pootling around the inner city. Tata would do well to launch a CNG version as soon as possible to keep the environment clean too.
islero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24th May 2005, 00:08   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
normally_crazy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 4,367
Thanked: 387 Times
Default

Read about the "truck" - nd read about the rumour that tata would use the chassis for developing the 1 lac car ! how far this is true time will tell....but the trucks can carry some mean load and looks tolerable too.
normally_crazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24th May 2005, 08:17   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
Stratos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Mumbai, IN
Posts: 2,593
Thanked: 1,210 Times
Default

Saw this truck the other day and I must say that I liked the concept of putting another wheel on a vehicle similar to a Rickshaw for better balance and to some extent little more load carrying capacity. By putting the 2 Cylinder engine cut from the Indicas powerplant, Tata can save quite a bit on the cost and it definatly will affect the showroom price too. These trucks were gonna be named as "CUB" right??
Stratos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24th May 2005, 12:41   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: N.A
Posts: 6,834
Thanked: 1,503 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DueLLeR
Probably TATA was doing road tests before they finally put it up for sale.
Its officially on sale in Kerala since the beginning of May.
Steeroid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24th May 2005, 12:48   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: N.A
Posts: 6,834
Thanked: 1,503 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stratos
These trucks were gonna be named as "CUB" right??
They're sold as TATA ACE (hence the title)
Steeroid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24th May 2005, 13:36   #8
BHPian
 
sivadas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 487
Thanked: 53 Times
Default



Looks really good.
sivadas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th October 2005, 14:17   #9
rkg
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: bangalore
Posts: 1,041
Thanked: 543 Times
Default

As per last weeks Bussiness Standard TATA ACE outsold all others by miles in that category
rkg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th October 2005, 14:33   #10
Team-BHP Support
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 11,893
Thanked: 9,732 Times
Default

I think they are pretty cool - decent driver comfort and the ones on the road are driven in a civilized fashion - no brute Tempo power but enough to "make progress". Three wheelers have terrible diesel engines and struggle all the time in my opinion
ajmat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th October 2005, 14:33   #11
Team-BHP Support
 
Rtech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,769
Thanked: 212 Times
Default

That engine is way too noisy. Like those Diesel 3 wheeler engines that make a friggin racket (but don't really go anywhere quick). As these are mainly for use within city limits, I feel they should be made to meet the same noise levels as set for pasenger vehicles.

On the plus side though is the cabin and extra safety and payload that comes with the extra wheel.
Rtech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th October 2005, 15:24   #12
Senior - BHPian
 
sandeepmdas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Varkala
Posts: 1,125
Thanked: 614 Times
Default

By launching the ACE, Tatas are hoping to imitate the success of a Chinese vehicle -I forgot its name- of similar size and payload. The vehicle is a big hit - 2 million sold!- in China and is being considered as one of the factors that changed the face of China.
sandeepmdas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th October 2005, 15:43   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: pune
Posts: 2,088
Thanked: 48 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rtech
Like those Diesel 3 wheeler engines that make a friggin racket (but don't really go anywhere quick)
*ROTFLMAO* Very true, Rtech. But, I have started noticing lot of them on roads of Pune.
RX135 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th October 2005, 15:45   #14
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: N.A
Posts: 6,834
Thanked: 1,503 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RX135
*ROTFLMAO* Very true, Rtech. But, I have started noticing lot of them on roads of Pune.
It doesnt make as much noise as the Piaggio/Mahindra/Tempo 3 wheelers, and its much faster - struggles up slopes, though. I've driven both the Ace and the Piaggio 3 wheeler...
Steeroid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th October 2005, 16:39   #15
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: pune
Posts: 2,088
Thanked: 48 Times
Default

@steer, I was talking of those diesel 3 wheelers and not ACE :-)
RX135 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tata Motors signs up Lionel Messi as brand ambassador. EDIT: Officially announced S2!!! The Indian Car Scene 85 26th May 2017 08:16
Tata Motors signs MoU to enhance skills of automotive workers dZired The Indian Car Scene 0 1st June 2016 12:23
Tata Motors testing Ace Mega LCV Aditya Commercial Vehicles 1 20th February 2015 16:06
Tata to launch a new Mini Truck (between Ace & Super Ace) directinjection Commercial Vehicles 0 27th March 2014 14:43
Tata Motors' Dharwad Factory starts rolling out the ACE Zip & Magic IRIS GTO Commercial Vehicles 4 18th June 2012 18:43


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 10:25.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks