Indian carmaker Tata showed a supermini and a small coupe at the Geneva auto show. The Indica supermini will have a low price when it arrives in Europe. In India it costs $8,000, but 40 percent of that price is tax.
Before the Indica can be offered in Europe, Tata must find an engine capable of meeting Euro 3 emission standards. Tata Chairman Ratan Tata says the company is looking at a number of options, including an in-house design or buying gasoline and diesel engines from French group PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA.
The Aria coupe, based on the Indica, could eventually be sold in Europe and used to boost Tata's image. The Aria was styled and built by Italy's I.DE.A Institute. Ratan Tata admits there would be little demand for the Aria in India.