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Old 19th May 2006, 12:20   #1
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Talking Tata to buy Smart forFour?

Hi all,

Check this article. Tata seems to be in fray for major things of late. This might mean two things, either they want to progress inorganically through acquisitions, or just that they lack enough prowess to upgrade technology through their own knowledge!

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/1537877.cms

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Whatever, if this thing does happen, TATA one lakh car maybe closely based on SMART. Good for the end users
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The deal would make sense, as Ratan Tata's vision for the 1-lakh car had a lot in common with the Smart concept - small rear mounted motor, composite materials and the ability to ship the car as SKD to be assembled by local centres.

Why reinvent the wheel when there's one for sale? Obviously they can make the wheel a whole lot cheaper than DC's French plant, too.

Seeing Tata's penchant for Turbos, should one expect a turbo-ed ACE engine powering this contraption? 30-odd bhp, light composite structure - its beginning to make sense.
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The deal would make sense, as Ratan Tata's vision for the 1-lakh car had a lot in common with the Smart concept
Mr Tata was on TV addressing a press conference in Bengal. He was there to start a factory which will produce the 1 lakh car. All he would say on the car was it will have 4 doors and rear mounted engine and it would be ready by 2008.

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Mr Tata was on TV addressing a press conference in Bengal. He was there to start a factory which will produce the 1 lakh car. All he would say on the car was it will have 4 doors and rear mounted engine and it would be ready by 2008.

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He also mentioned that the car would be available in both petrol and diesel versions (just like he used to say about the Indica when the car was at prototype stage) and therefore it is quite probable that they'll be using the 700 CC Ace engine. Earlier indications were that they will only have a petrol engine whose manufacturing was to be outsourced (they negotiated with Hero Motors in this regard).
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