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Old 20th May 2008, 13:27   #1
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A very interesting titbit not covered in the mainstream papers:
New Technologies for Auto Industry in India

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The New Tata Indica X1 shall take only one minute on the assembly line as Kuka Robotics prepares new line for this car. Tata Motors shall soon get one of the most automated assembly lines in Pune in India. According to Raj Singh Rathee, MD, Kuka Robotics, this assembly line shall be one of the safest in India with 326 robots on a single line. Until now a single line at one of the largest auto companies used only 200 robots. Tata Motors used even less, only 70 robots per line.

Tata Motors is developing its single line similar to Mercedes in Germany which has minimal human interference. This would spell into Rs 300 crore more business for Tata Motors as the new assembly line would be capable of producing 270,000 cars annually or 900 cars per day.

Hopefully the build quality and the panel gaps will improve drastically from the current V2. The reliability and ruggedness of Tata Indica for Indian conditions is already class-leading.
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@ ChnCar - Thanks for sharing the useful info. Seems like Tata wants to concentrate more on Exports of Indica X1. Im expecting a big leap in overall build quality, refinement and interiors of the Indica X1 from V2. Hope Tata doesnt disappoint .
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Yupp, Tata's current Indica line if i remember right was an old Nissan line bought secondhand from Australia. Those were the times when tata was taking its cautious first steps into the passenger car industry.

Now, with the Nano and JLR under its belt, plus the sucess of the Indica V2, TM is getting serious and hopefully it can only get better from here.
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What next, automated production of service engineers?

till then, I'll pass the Indica vA/B/C/....
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Where is this hi-tech line coming up? Wasn't the Indica X1 going to be produced at Tata-Fiat's Ranjangaon plant?
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