Last week, Tata Motors revealed that Zica hatch has been renamed as Tata Tiago and, now we have learnt that production of the hatchback has started at the company's Sanand production facility. Just to add to your knowledge, Tata's Sanand plant used to wheel out only Nano small cars till now. Tata Tiago is expected to launch next month i.e. March 2016 in the country in both petrol and diesel fuel trims.
"The new hatchback will be produced at our Sanand facility on a new platform and is scheduled to be launched soon. We are gearing up for the launch and are in process of completing all regulatory registrations," said Tata Motors spokesperson to ET Auto. Sources closer to the development also revealed that around 1800 units of Tata Tiago have been developed. The home-grown automaker has been in constant touch with the Gujrat state government to extend all the benefits that were on offer to Nano to the other models too, which would be manufactured here in future. When asked about the incentives for Tiago, the Tata Motors' spokesperson said, "Our discussions with the government are internal and we cannot comment on them."
For those asking, Tata Motors has rolled out 42,561 units of Nano in the past couple of years. Precisely, around 18,956 units were produced in 2014, while 23,605 were made in 2015. Needless to say, the production of Nano has witnessed substantial downfall ever since its launch in July 2009. Currently, the Sanand plant is operating at 10 percent of its total capacity, to say the least. The company had showcased several new products at the recently concluded 2016 Auto Expo, and it might utilise the Sanand facility to produce them. The products showcased at 2016 Auto Expo were Tata Hexa crossover, Tata Kite 5 sedan, Tata Bolt Sport and Tata Nexon sub-compact SUV.