Tata Launches 2012 MY Nano with More Powerful and Fuel Efficient Engine [Video]

India’s Tata Motors announced today the introduction of the 2012 model year Nano, which perhaps not too surprisingly, looks identical to the outgoing version. However, even though the design remains the same, the Indian carmaker claims to have made a host of improvements, the most important of which is a revised engine.

The tiny city car’s 624 cc powerplant has gained an extra 3HP and 3Nm of torque, for a total output of 38HP and 51 Nm (37.6 lb-ft), helping it reach a top speed of 105 km/h (65 mph). At the same time, it consumes less fuel at 4.08 lt/100 km (57.6 mpg US) compared to the previous model’s rating of 4.23lt/100km (55.5mpg US).

The new Nano’s CO2 emissions of just 92.7 g/km are not to be sneered at – though we’d take the company’s claim that its new model is “a perfect combination of power and performance” with a grain (or two) of salt.

Other changes on the Nano including a revised suspension set-up with an anti-roll bar up front, retuned steering system and the addition of power-assisted brakes on all models. Tata says that it has also improved the standard equipment on certain models and added a new palette of available colors.

The latest update was necessary in order to renew interest in “the world’s most affordable car” as despite a starting price of 140,000 rupees ($2,730 US), the Nano has failed to deliver selling sold only 130,000 units since its launch, while it has also faced a not exactly image-enhancing fire issue in 2010.



Daimler Sees An Opportunity To “Pool Our Technological Resources” With BMW

Daimler and BMW could eventually work together on Level 4 and 5 autonomous systems.

Castagna Milano Teases ‘Mono-Door’ Porsche Panamera Vistotal Coupe Projects

The new door system on this Porsche Panamera Vistotal from Castagna features a vertical opening mechanism.

2019 Nissan Altima’s 2.5L Engine Features Some GT-R Tech

First used in the GT-R, Nissan says the mirror bore process reduces friction and improves efficiency.

Aston Martin Teases Manual Vantage AMR, Out Next Week

Aston Martin’s new manual Vantage will be more driver-focused than the standard version.

2020 McLaren Grand Tourer Caught Wearing Even Tighter Camo

Mclaren’s upcoming new Grand Tourer is expected to have more power than the 570GT.

JAC Volkswagen To Build EV Plant In China With 100,000-Unit Annual Output

The first model to be built by the joint venture at the new plant is the Sol E20X electric crossover.

Fire Alert: Some BMWs Could Erupt In Flames Even When Not In Use

The NHTSA says a defective part may cause a short circuit in certain 3-Series, 5-Series and Z4 models rt.

Citroen Launches C1 And C3 Aircross ‘Origins’ Collector’s Editions

The C1 ‘Origins’ Collector’s Edition costs £13,830, while the C3 Aircross is £19,335, and are available to order.

New Porsche Taycan Spy Shots Show Production Lights, Bumpers, And More

The Taycan will debut in September and will be joined by the Cross Turismo shooting brake in 2020.

This is What A Lap Of The 2020 Vietnamese GP Looks Like

The simulator engine is the same as the Assetto Corsa game and shows an accurate run of the Hanoi GP.