Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tata Motors to take Safari on global ride

by punem sexsena

NEWDELHI: Tata Motors, India .s largest automobile company, plans to position its new Safari as a global model catering to different geogrpahies, including Europe. The sports utility vehicle (SUV), expected to be launched early next year, will comply with EuroNCAP safety crash norms. EuroNCAP is a voluntary vehicle safety rating system widely accepted in the European Union .

The new Safari will have features such as traction control with vehicle stability system equipped with multi-airbag in a new aerodynamic body. Automobile component industry officials however say the vehicle may still lack a monocoque chassis which is a standard norm for any modern SUVs.

“We have seen that the current step-ladder frame chassis is more compatible for rugged operations in India. We may not go for the monocoque frame which is available in our new generation vehicles like Indica Vista and Indigo Manza but the new Safari will have all the features to make it a first global vehicle from our portfolio ,” said Tata Motors utility vehicles head S G Saksena.

Utility vehicle segment grew 21% to 1.54 lakh vehicles in the first half of FY 2011.

The new Safari will borrow a host of technologies from Land Rover SUV. “We are looking at all possible synergies within the group for the new Safari. We will not phase out the current model and it would continue to complement the new vehicle very much like the Sumo does for its next generation Sumo Grande,” Mr Saksena
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