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Tata Motors to replace Indica eV2 with Kite

Snapshot: Tata Motors working on a new hatchback 'Kite' as a successor to the Indica eV2

The Tata Indica revolutionized the Indian automotive industry on its launch more than a decade back. Since then, the vehicle has not undergone major changes, as it was also the primary choice of fleet and taxi operators in the country. The Indian market however is more dynamic than before and people are looking for  facelift / model change most of the time, and Tata Motors has understood this.

A new version of the Indica eV2 is on the cards, which some say will be called the "Kite". If the grapevine is to be believed, the company will introduce the new model by mid 2015 and it will be based on the company's XO platform underpinning the current generation model. Tata has also developed a new turbocharged petrol engine, 'Revotron' for its future lineup, which will certainly help the company to attract entry-level hatchback segment buyers in India.

The under-utilization of Tata's Sanand Plant has also been said to be one of the main reasons that company is developing the Kite. The company has made huge investments developing the Sanand Plant specifically for the assembly of the Nano. The plant has a production capacity of 2.5 lakh units per year, but Nano sales in the country have not risen as per expectations, resulting in under recovery of the company's investments. The new ‘Kite’ will hence be manufactured here alongside the Nano, and may be joined later by future models.  

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