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Owners of Jaguar and Range Rover, India-based Tata Motors designs, manufactures, and sells automobiles and all things machine-related.
To answer this question one must successfully forcast Indian politics. TATA will outperform in the short term only because it is a protected industry in a rapidly growing economy.It can't compete on quality with Japanese or Korean automakers which make very small vehicles (that we do not see in North America). My mother rides a $2500 3-wheeled mobility scooter made in China. TATA is not going to develop a $2500 car -a tricycle with a lawnmower engine perhaps but not a car. A very cheap car would be a very unsafe one. It would not be tolerated in India.The most likely source of "cheap" cars for India would be used Japanese cars (both drive on the left). Will India open its doors to competition? It will if it wants to export Rovers and Jaguars.
India's doors are open for a long time. All kind of manufactureres are having their shop there including Toyota, Hyundai, BMW etc. Tata is competing with them
Hello marutham,Too bad Walmart and big American Corprations can't start operations in India without all those red tape protecting Indian business. Oh yes you forgot to mention Suzuki who've invested alot of money in setting up a factory in India in helping create jobs for privaleged Indians.From Valunvesthere.
Just wait until the fatalities start mounting up. This nano will be a death trap, it has no safety features, none at all. Its appeal will be to people who have never driven before -people more prone to accidents.Its importation will be banned in other countries for a variety or reasons, poor quality, severe polution, protectionism, and the reputation it will develop as being very unsafe. India does not have enough roads to accommodate its existing car population. With high traffic density a lot of nano's will add to driver frustration leading to more accidents. This is no Volkswagon Beetle. It is a tragedy. the Indian population will turn on TATA as more Indians are killed or maimed driving this toy car,
I apologize for reporting this post. I meant to comment on it. I don't wish to repeat my comment. I just want to aplogize for inadvertently suggesting that your comment was not appropriate. I made a mistike -I am writing without my glasses on.I would add that the presence of foreign manufacturers in India is not evidence that India is open to competition. On the contrary. It could be evidence that India restricts improrts.
Hello GoNuke,I can't seem to find a car in the world that's less than $2500.00 than Tata Motors Ltd.. Other manufacturers claim they have a car less than $2500.00 with more standard features. The more developed car manufacturers are angry at start up or developing car maufacturers for causing havoc in the automobile prices. All this exhange rate calculations is giving me a headache! I'll have to take Tata's word that they've broke the barrier for building the worlds least expensive car.List of carsFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, searchThis list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.This page tries to show every car ever made by country and then manufacturer. 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Valunvesthere -- wouldn't it have been easier to simply include a link to wikipedia? This is way longer than any reply should every be, and, frankly, the list is useless without html content, headers, etc.
Hello VasilGrozny,As you wish...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_carsFrom Valunvesthere.
valunvesthere,you could have saved some work if you just linked beforehand....also, while nano won't meet any emissions or safety regulations in the western world, it fits indian market fine. the people who would buy it are the same ones that would load up a moving scooter with 4 people. This car may never be profitable, but it does put a halo our the tata name. when people graduate from small cars, they'll keep in mind tata and therefore, but more profitable cars. This strategy worked extremely well for the Japanese and Korean (limited so far) in the US markets. Even VW with its original Beatle, which the Nano is being compared to, moved from cheap cars into more expensive ones.
Hello dpid,What's preventing other manufacturers listed in wikipedia in introducing ultra-cheap cars from competing with the Nano?Even easier for more developed manufacturers in designing one if Indian emmisions and safety regulations aren't as strict as the western world. It'll just help cut the cost of producing the car, thus passing on the savings to the Indian consumer.At present the Indian government is concerned about Indian job creation and is willing to accept foreign investment providing they follow Indian guidelines. Like China western auto manufacturers license Chinese car factories to produce cars and parts for the Chineses market. A true success story is Volkswagen who set up a factory in Shaghai following Chinese guidelines in the early-1980's, it is a win-win situation for both it helped the Chinese government create tens of thousands or possibly hundreds of thousands of jobs and I'm sure the German company benefited in many ways too, In India it's Suzuki in the early-1980's and I'm sure the Japanese company benefited in many ways too.From Valunvesthere.
To valunesthere and everyone else.Have any of you ever been to india?!!? or do you just like to speculate about a completely different country from thousands of miles away?? well... i've been to india..3 times.. over the past 15 years... and 2 things1) auto rick shaws and scooters are ten times more likely to be a death trap than the nano (which are the current means of civilian transportation).2) i'm tired and going to bed... dreaming of a nano w/20 inch rims (ok i'm really not keen on rims at all)
I don't think it's unreasonable to expect that Tata would have some significant advantages in cheap car competition on their home turf. Sure, Honda & perhaps others may have the technological engineering edge, but do their capabilities effectively translate into manufacturing basic transport as cheaply? For example, the Japanese may be very good at developing assembly lines w/ a lot of robotics, which are efficient where labor is expensive, but that's probably not the situation in India. And it sounds as if Tata has as much expertise on the human/managerial side as anybody.
Funny, Koreans outsource their auto jobs to India to make huge profit. Why would the quality of Tata is not the same of some of the Koreans auto out there? They bought Jag and Land Rover by the way. You know nothing of this company but speculations and experiences that have nothing to do with this company.
Hello databasehoppe13,Tata Motors stock drops as acquisition cost weighshttp://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/tata-motors-stock-drops-acquisition/story.aspx?guid=%7BD14CA65F%2D48DD%2D4FFB%2DBF2E%2D9D30D80DC811%7D&siteid=yhoofFrom Valunsthere.
Forecasting Indian politics is about like forecasting the business cycle: You know it's going to go from inflation to recession and then back, but you don't know how far in which direction, or for how long. The Indian political scene will swing from free-market capitalism (more or less) to socialism (more or less), but how much it will be is anybody's guess. What I wonder about is:1. Can TTM succeed at building a $2,500.00 car, where the Chinese couldn't? http://www.forbes.com/2008/02/18/tata-india-autos-biz-cz_jf_0219flint.html2. This is still India we're talking about, and who in India can afford a $2,500.00 car anyway (other than people who can already afford to drive an Indigo (http://indigo.tatamotors.com/TataMotors/Indigo/Pricing.aspx))?http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/04/kolkata-rickshaws/vitale-photography3. How much will the Indian economy be affected by the endless bickering between Islamabad and Delhi? It wasn't all that long ago that India and Pakistan came within an ace of nuking one another over an assortment of historical grievances going back beyond 1948.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001-2002_India-Pakistan_standoff4. IBD gives it a Smart Select rating in the frozen vegetable case range.Nope. This one's too speculative for my taste.
I was there in the past year, and the quality of the Hyundai Santro I rode around in was pitiful in my opinion. The Tata Indica was a pretty nice sedan compared to it (also more expensive I believe).
Most of the comments made on TTM are quite out of sync with the ground reality..1. The India government has spent billions of dollars expanding the national and local road infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of cars in India.2. Credit Financing in Autos is a VERY new concept for Indians (uptil 2001 cars were and had to be paid for in cash)3. TTM's sales in Nano are VERY minuscule in comparison to the overall portfolio of cars in sells in India and around the world. (Did you know that a Range Rover sells for almost $150,000 in India? And it is HIGHLY successful)4. India still possesses the biggest middle-class population in the world and incomes of an average Indian family is set to double in the next 5 years. The only threat to Tata at this point is the change in leadership of the Tata Group from Ratan Tata (who just made the biggest foreign donation to Harvard of $102 million last week) who will retire very soon.If you are in long term.. and believe in "numbers dont lie"This is an excellent buy
So TATA has been down in the last couple of weeks. What is happening? Did the retirement of Ratan Tata make that much difference?
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