"Tata Motors unleashes a storm at the Delhi Auto Expo 2012"
Tata Motors has displayed a wide range new generation passenger and commercial vehicles and concepts at the New Delhi Auto Expo 2012. The company unveiled the Tata Safari Storme, the Tata Ultra 714 and 1017 LCV and ICV and the Tata LPT 3723 5-axle rigid truck today.

The new-generation Tata Safari Storme makes a bold statement with its refined exteriors. The vehicle exteriors have been stylised with new front grill, side cladding, new projector headlamps and all new rear looks. The bonnet now boasts a ‘power bulge’ which gives the Storme a sportier look. The aerodynamically designed spoilers, new pull-type door handles and ergonomically designed side foot-steps ensure easy ingress and egress. The tailgate trim comes in an all-new guise with an ergonomically designed grab handle and the spare tyre is now located underneath the vehicle. The new chrome-tipped twin exhausts add to the sporty demeanour of the vehicle and the newly designed roof-rails add to the muscular look of the vehicle, with just that hint of its adventurous nature.

The luxurious and airy beige interiors, give the vehicle a spacious and opulent feel. There is ample leg space and headroom to accommodate the family and plenty of luggage space. The tilt-adjust (collapsible steering column), reclining front bucket seats with fore and aft adjustment position and lumbar support ensure fatigue free long drives. The integrated 12V-gadget charging points are available on first, second and third row seats. The new vehicle is designed keeping in mind the multiple storage requirements of customers. The vehicle is equipped with dual-AC with a separate integrated roof mounted blower for rear passengers. The leather wrapped steering wheel, an ergonomically shaped gear knob with chrome highlights, engaging wooden accents on the dashboard and door trims, a new instrument cluster, chrome-lined speaker grills and inside door handles, all go a long way in enhancing the interior’s looks and making it feel luxurious.

Powered by a 2.2L,16Valve, DiCOR engine with a Variable Geometry Turbo, the Tata Safari Storme makes a potent 140ps of power and 320nm of torque. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 5-speed manual transmission (G-76 MarkII). For those adventure seekers who prefer to make their own road, the Tata Safari Storme has a generous 200mm of ground clearance and offers the convenience of electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF)- for those sticky off-road conditions. (ESOF enables switching from 2WD to 4WD even while the vehicle is on the move.)

The best-in-class turning circle radius of 5.4 metres, makes driving and manoeuvring in tight confines, much easier in the new Safari. The new rack & pinion steering system also offers excellent feel and accuracy, making for a more engaging and confident driving experience. Reverse parking system with audible and graphical representation on the IRVM (antiglare), electrically operated powerfold ORVM with turn signal enhance the driving experience.

The Tata Safari Storme comes with host of safety features. The rigid ladder frame construction with hydro-formed long members has improved the structural strength of the vehicle. Crumple zone absorbs the impact of frontal collision and keeps the passenger cabin safe. Side intrusion beams on all four doors protects passengers from a side impact and the collapsible steering column reduces the severity of the impact transmitted to the cabin, especially to the driver. Dual SRS Airbags, will keep customers safe in the unfortunate event of a head-on collision.

The new Tata Safari Storme comes with disc brakes on all four wheels and has 4 channel ABS with EBD, which helps in keeping the vehicle under control, during emergency braking conditions. In addition, the vehicle has been designed with advanced safety features like the Inertia Switch and an auto engine immobiliser. In an event of a crash, the Inertia Switch automatically cuts off the fuel supply to the engine and unlocks all the doors and also switches on the hazard warning light to warn other road users.

All in all, the new Tata Safari Storme is an epitome of space, style and performance. The Tata Safari Storme range will be launched in the next financial year.

Other passenger vehicles on display:

Tata Nano Concept: Demonstrating the Nano’s adaptability to customer desired look and driving experience is a prototype, the Damson Purple Nano LX on display. It comes with a host of features like new exhaust chrome tip, chrome strip on the hood and on the tail gate, and a modified rear bumper, on the exteriors. The interiors have also been refined with 360 mm steering wheel, new doorpads, stylised front and rear seats with seat tray, parcel shelf with speakers and glove box for driver and co-driver, new hazard warning switch on centre facia. The car comes with an engine start-stop system that significantly reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in traffic conditions.

Tata Nano CNG Concept:  The CNG powered Tata Nano showcases Tata Motors’ capability to develop all kinds of vehicles for CNG applications. World class CNG kit components have been used for the robust and reliable Tata Nano. The sequential gas injection system has been thoroughly calibrated with the EMS system for smart switching between CNG and gasoline fuel systems. The car comes with software with safety strategies like automatic cut-off CNG supply even in the case of diminutive leakages and automatic fuel quality checks. The car has a rich-looking console with new window winding switch positions and ergonomically well designed gear-shifting mechanism. The CNG fuel system has been intelligently packaged in order to not disturb the existing luggage space. The Tata Nano CNG comes with a touring range of more than 150 km in addition to the existing touring range (375 km) of the Nano 2012, improved emissions with low CO2, best-in-class fuel economy, resulting in low running cost.  

Tata Pixel Concept: Showcased at the 81st Geneva Motor Show in March 2011, the Tata Pixel, a new city car concept for Europe with ‘Zero Turn’ drive and an innovative diamond-shaped door system, is on display at the Auto Expo 2012. Based on the Tata Nano, the Pixel – at just over three metres in length – is the most package-efficient 4-seater in the world, comfortably accommodating four adults, unlike a typical city car which is either a two-seater or can accommodate two adults and two children only.

The Tata Pixel’s ability to manoeuvre and park in the tightest of spaces is made possible by its Zero Turn toroidal traction-drive Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT). This highly efficient, cost-effective system assists rotation of the outer rear wheel forwards and the inner rear wheel backwards during low-speed manoeuvres, while the front wheels turn at acute angles. The result is a turning circle radius of just 2.6 metres. The ‘scissor’ doors rotate upwards from the front to allow all four passengers to effortlessly enter or exit the Tata Pixel, even in the tightest of spaces, while the doors’ large glass area provides excellent visibility. A forward sweeping roofline, with minimal front and rear overhangs, accentuates the youthful styling, while the window graphic features an interchangeable island that can be used to change the exterior appearance whenever desired.

The Tata Pixel also introduces ‘My Tata Connect’ — the first integrated human-machine interface (HMI) concept from Tata Motors for its new generation programmes. ‘My Tata Connect’ enables seamless integration of the user’s smartphone or tablet with the vehicle’s infotainment system and also allows controlling key functions of the car. This provides a customised, user friendly, all-in-one touch screen display, while also allowing the driver to remain seamlessly connected to the external world. In addition to serving as the infotainment display when docked in the instrument panel, the tablet also allows temperature, ventilation and air-conditioning settings to be adjusted through its touch screen, as well as displaying information on the vehicle’s performance.

A 1.2 litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, positioned at the rear of the Tata Pixel, gives lively performance.

The engine is a low-friction design, featuring variable coolant and oil pump and rapid warm-up technologies. With optimised aerodynamic drag, low rolling-resistance tyres, stop-start technology, and intelligent battery charging, the Tata Pixel returns European combined cycle (NEDC) fuel economy of 3.4 l/100km and CO2 emissions of just 89g/km.

Tata Indica Vista Concept S2:  The Tata Indica Vista Concept S2 is the second and an advanced version of the Indica Vista Sport, showcased at the last Auto Expo, in 2010. The Indica Vista Concept S2 has a wider and wedge-like stance and the design features a central volume that is encased by two arrow like flanks giving the car a sense of direction. This is further emphasised by the two tone paint scheme - a matte metallic dark shadow and bright silver. The graphics also accentuate its wedge-like profile with the slashes and lines encasing triangular shapes giving it an edgy and razor sharp persona. The subtle aluminium accents connote a sense of precision and performance that is machine like, while the red accents give it a sporty flair. The headlamps feature a metallic brow on the top intended to give it a more purposeful demeanour. The lower grille is surrounded by a polished black lip and is flanked by signature LED day time running lamps. The swoopy side sills adds to the dynamism and makes the car look fast, even when standstill. At the rear, the spoiler and the subtly restyled bumper give the car a nice squat stance and the stylized LED tail lamp cluster make the rear end look racy.

On the insides, sporty race bucket seats clad in black leather show that the Vista Concept S2 is serious business. The smaller diameter sporty steering wheel and shifter scream performance. The black themed interior is subtle but has the right elements to make it seriously sporty. The entire approach of the colour and trim treatment, both on the inside and outside, was to give it a race-bred version look.

With a turbo-charged 1.4L Tata petrol engine, the Indica Vista Concept S2 puts out a phenomenal 140ps @ 6000rpm and a healthy 188Nm of torque at 3500rpm. Mated to a 5-speed Fiat C510 manual gearbox with revised gear ratios, the S2 is certainly no slouch and it stops as fast as it goes, due to meaty disc brakes all around. This concept is an excellent handler - thanks to the quick & precise steering rack, the retuned and beefed up suspension and wide 205/40 R17 tyres shod on lightweight 17” alloy wheels.

Tata Indigo Manza Hybrid Concept:  The Tata Indigo Manza Hybrid Concept is a fusion of technology and luxury whilst having an extremely small carbon footprint thanks to its efficient hybrid architecture. Powered by a Hybrid 1.05Litre DiCOR engine and potent electric motors, the Indigo Manza Hybrid is an efficient yet powerful sedan with a focus on drivability and very usable performance in the real world, due to its nature of being both a Series and a Parallel Hybrid. The vehicle is designed to deliver excellent performance with less than 90gms/km CO2 emission in city traffic conditions with technologies like  high speed cranking, regenerative braking, auto start/stop, series hybrid mode and limited range pure electric operation. On the highway, the vehicle delivers best-in-class acceleration performance in the parallel hybrid mode.

The Indigo Manza Hybrid Concept also has a completely redesigned front and rear which is extremely modern, sporty and yet sophisticated. The bi-xenon and LED headlamp cluster gives the Indigo Manza Hybrid Concept an extremely bold face and the LED tail lights add to the extremely modern and dynamic design of the car. The proximity-touch operated door locks on the car are not only intuitive to use, but also give one a sense of being welcomed into this revolutionary vehicle. The car also features 17” wheels with 205/45 R17 tyres with optimized friction reduction for better roll, thereby increasing efficiency. Apart from regenerative braking, the Indigo Manza Hybrid Concept also recharges its high-capacity Lithium Ion battery pack with the roof mounted solar panel. The car comes equipped with ABS and Airbags as standard, and to make driving in inclement weather safer, the Hybird Concept has a special hydrophobic nano-coating on the windscreen, which assists the conventional windscreen wipers & HVAC demister system, to keep the windscreen clean and reduce the wiper operations.

The refreshed interiors with new centre console and 6-way powered leather front seats, matched door trims, bring in a luxurious element to the Manza. The car is equipped with an electric parking brake, auto transmission, electric-assist power steering and a next-generation Infotainment system with 7-inch touch screen with haptic feedback. This new infotainment package features an intuitive controller on the all-new centre console which helps browse through the navigation, HVAC, audio and hybrid information screens and make adjustments as required in an easy and intuitive fashion. The new steering wheel in the Indigo Manza Hybrid Concept also features controls for the audio/phone system.

In all, the Tata Indigo Manza Hybrid Concept is a true technological tour-de-force which not only keeps its occupants comfortable with its luxurious interiors, but also keeps the impact it has on our environment to a minimum, making it a car that truly does care. 

Tata Indigo Manza Nova Concept: In the new Spanish Tan colour, the Indigo Manza Nova redefines luxury and opulence in the segment. It is an amalgamation of technology and finesse. The new sophisticated and stylish alloy wheels add to the elegance of the exterior.

The interiors of the Indigo Manza Nova are sumptuous and inviting. The quilted genuine leather seats cosset and pamper you and the Plum and Black interior scheme makes for an elegant and plush ambiance.

The chrome highlights on the gear knob, parking lever, instrument console and HVAC controls add to the luxury quotient of the Indigo Manza Nova’s interior. It comes with a new feature-rich 2 DIN head unit with improved speakers for that crisp and clear sound, to make the most of the new sound-staging virtual surround effects in the new music system. 

The car is equipped with a new ‘parking assist rear view camera’ with the display provided in the inside rear-view mirror (IRVM) with a distance grid, to make it easier to reverse into a tight parking spot. In addition, the ‘parking assist buzzer’ provides an audible warning whilst parking in reverse so that you’re always able to easily judge distance from an object or another car in a parking slot, with both audio and visual parking aids. To add to driver comfort during night-time driving, the new electro-chromatic IRVM has an auto-dimming feature to reduce headlamp glare from vehicles in your rear-view. The Indigo Manza Nova also comes with a perimeter security system with an anti-theft alarm. The Indigo Manza Nova - truly feature packed car with unmatched luxury making it the most desirable choice in its segment.

Tata Aria- AT Concept: Tata Aria invites you to experience its royal interior and vibrant exteriors this Auto Expo. The color play between Sandstone Beige and Rosewood Red is accentuated by a wood finish dashboard center finisher. Captain seats in the rear make the Tata Aria a delightful chauffeur driven experience. The fine quality leather upholstery with signature elements and elegant stitch pattern indulge the passengers in unparalleled luxury and comfort. This theme is echoed by the air vents and door handle decorative strips. Etched patterns on bin covers and the scuff plates add to the sense of celebration.Gold and silver finish inner door handles and roof bin buttons provide a touch of warmth and exclusivity to the luxurious interiors. The new generation steering wheel with modern styling and excellent ergonomics, features integrated controls for infotainment system and cruise control. Harman branded acoustics in the vehicle provide an enriched audio experience when you travel in the Tata Aria. The finely tuned 10-speaker and amplifier combo creates the feel of a concert hall – you enjoy each and every note of music in high definition.

The exterior façade of the Tata Aria has undergone an evolution of sorts multiplying the rugged and functional character with style. The all-new roof rail blends with the elegant swept back profile of the Tata Aria. It extenuates the sporty nature of the vehicle, while providing the option to carry extra luggage. The rear spoiler embodies the dynamic outlook of the Aria. Now step out in style onto the red carpet with the integrated foot steps. The smoked bezel headlamps and the clear lens tail lamps embellish the exteriors.

The Tata Aria offers a 6-speed Automatic Transmission to enhance the driving experience. It features Tiptronic gear selection with sport, economy and cruise driving modes. Torque converter multiplies the low end torque which allows you to drive effortlessly in bumper to bumper traffic at crawling speeds of 6-8 kmph. Driving in city traffic will be very smooth and exciting now 

Tata Sumo Gold: The Tata Sumo Gold has been conceived and designed keeping in mind the needs of the young customer, looking for a stylish, new-age vehicle that is powerful and takes on any terrain with ease. Powered by the all-new CR4 Turbo engine, the vehicle delivers an output of 85Ps @ 3000rpm and a torque of 250Nm @ 1000 to 2000rpm.

The Tata Sumo Gold has an imposing poise, broad stable stance and a visual blitzkrieg of stylish body graphics. A new headlight design works in tandem with a prominent tail lamp cluster, high power forward and rear fog lamps, to light up the path. A renewed front grill, wide rear with a clean back and a spare wheel below the cabin add not only to its dominant presence but also to its functionality. Large 15’/ 16’ wheels with wide 215 mm / 185 mm radial tyres and a high ground clearance of 190 mm completes the Tata Sumo Gold’s aggressive looks.

The Tata Sumo Gold is as refined on the inside as it is muscular on the outside. A leather wrapped steering wheel, with hydraulic power assistance, puts the driver in absolute control. A stylish centre silver console and a dashboard are thoughtfully located so that reaching out for them is almost instinctive. Plush fabrics add a touch of sophistication, to the spacious interiors, as excellent head, leg and shoulder space makes room for all passengers.

Tata Xenon Concept: The Tata Xenon (Cross Terrain), the lifestyle 4-door, 5-seater pick-up combines stylish on-road presence with an even more accentuated exterior design. The new front grill, edgy wheel-arch flares endow it with a stronger masculinity and a sense of ruggedness, complementing the character of the vehicle. The two front and four topspot lamps depict the off-roading DNA of the Xenon.

The interiors now sport an Ebony Black new dashboard with feel of roomy passenger space. Double Din music system, leather wrapped steering wheel, reclining front bucket seats with fore/aft adjustment position and lumbar support, integrated gadget charging points, SRS Airbags for driver and passenger make the comfortable interiors, accommodating five passengers in two rows, even more enjoyable. In addition, it has an automated manual transmission, reduced turning radius, electrically operated ORVM with turn signal and electrical shift-on-the-fly mechanism. Front crumple zone on châssis frame, side intrusion beams on 4 doors and the collapsible steering column provide all-round protection. ABS with EBD, in the Transponder based 2.2 L 16 Valve DOHC VTT DiCOR engine, enhance the off-roading capability of the vehicle. 

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