Tata unveils a Nano for Europe
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Chairman Ratan Tata told Automotive News Europe that the car would "definitely" be coming to mainland Europe and the UK.
Tata said the Nano had generated wide interest in developed countries leading to the development of the Europa variant for future launch is such markets.
The new car appears to be more suited to European driving conditions and tastes than the original version, with a longer wheelbase and a greater emphasis on styling details.
It also gets a more powerful engine: a three-cylinder all-aluminum multi-point fuel injection unit that the company says will provide high fuel efficiency and CO2 emission of less than 100 grams per kilometer. The powerplant is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
The car features electric power steering. Tata Motors said the interior has been completely redesigned.
The Nano Europa has a longer wheelbase than the original Nano at 2280mm.
The original Nano is slated to be the world's cheapest car at under $2,000.
Tata Motors, India's largest vehicle maker, will formally launch the Nano in India on March 23, and buyers will be able to place orders by the second week of April.
Bettina Mayer contributed