Diesel variant of Tata Nano might be shelved

Tata Nano has done quite well in the Indian market with customers who are looking for cars with a low price tag and also have a low cost of maintenance. Tata Motors is considering the fact of launching a diesel variant of Nano in the Indian market. The car is said to have been in the works from 2010 and has already reached the advanced developmental stage. Looking at the changes that have taken place in the market, the prices of diesel and petrol variants are almost negligible with the diesel cars having higher demand. Recent trends have shown that the petrol prices have risen by only 4.5 percent while the diesel costs have soared by 30 percent.

The Tata Nano has been developed with 3-cylinder and 2-cylinder engine, but the company has not yet declared as to which one they would like to launch in the market. While Tata Motors is planning to take out the diesel variant, the diesel engine is turning out to be expensive as a result of which the price of the car would eventually rise, disappointing the customers who are looking for low cost cars.

Tata Nano Diesel

The company has also launched the CNG variant of the car at Rs.2.5 lakhs. The economy offered by the CNG variant is quite competitive to that offered by the diesel variant, and it surely has a lower running cost than that of the petrol variant. This weakens the case of the new diesel variant that the company will be launching. As a result, the car will not be showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo.

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