A subsidiary of the Tata Group, Tata Motors Limited (formerly TELCO) began its journey in the automotive world as a locomotive manufacturer back in the year 1945, nine years after which the automaker stepped into the commercial domain, rolling out its very first commercial vehicle, manufactured in coordination with German auto-giant Daimler-Benz AG, in 1954. Although this joint venture of Tata with Daimler-Benz came to an end in 1969 but Tata's dominance over the commercial vehicle market didn't. After working seamlessly for more than two decades for establishing an unbreachable stronghold over the commercial automobile segment, Tata India went on to try a hand at manufacturing passenger vehicles in 1991.
The maiden venture that Tata Motors made in the field of passenger cars proved to be a major milestone in the history of not only the manufacturer but also of the entire Indian auto-industry as a whole. And that is because the very first Tata car, which was named as Tata Sierra, arrived as not only the first Sports Utility Vehicle of India but was, in fact, the first automobile ever to be designed and built in India. Not only this, the Sierra was also the country's first diesel vehicle to be used as a personal ride, and it introduced several design features that were never seen before by Indian buyers in their cars, some of which were adjustable steering, power windows, power steering and tachometer.
Over the decade that followed, a number of vehicles belonging to various different car segments were launched bearing the Tata badge in India, one of the most notable of which was Tata Safari - the car that is still going strong in the SUV market and is nothing short of a nightmare for the sales performances of its rival clans. The same year, 1998, that saw the launch of the Safari also got to witness the unveiling of Tata Indica, which was the first passenger car to be fully indigenously made in India. Thanks to a brilliantly engineered powermill, which, despite churning out remarkably high power figures, promised an impressive mileage return, sitting under its hood, the Indica was widely accepted by the Indian masses. And the generation that came next, the Indica V2, which was launched later with much improved features and fitment turned out to be a runaway success in India as well as South Africa.
Today, Tata Motors are some of the most trusted offerings of the Indian auto-market while the brand itself ranks amongst the top four auto-marques, along with Maruti, Mahindra and Chevrolet, in the country. With its production base spread across the cities of Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Pune (Maharashtra), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Pantnagar (Uttarakhand), Dharwad (Karnataka) and Sanand (Gujarat) and its R&D centers located in Pune, Jamshedpur, Lucknow and Dharwad, Tata Motors, from its Mumbai headquarters, oversees operations throughout India. Assisting the auto-giant with these countrywide operations is its extensive dealership, sales, service and spare parts network, comprising of more than 250 dealerships and over 3500 touch points in not less than 195 Indian cities spanning 27 states and 4 Union Territories, which is the biggest network of its kind after those built by Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai.
Other than those in India, Tata Motors also owns manufacturing and assembly units in Argentina, South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom, with additional R&D centers situated in South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. Having established its presence on the global level that spans across 26 countries in 4 continents, this Indian car-brand enjoys particular dominance over the automobile markets of the Indian Subcontinent, involving India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Presently operating in about 26 countries across 4 continents of the world, Tata stands at the 18th position amongst the world's largest motor vehicle manufacturers. But, India, being the homeland of the auto-giant, offers it with the largest customer base of all and gets to enjoy the widest model range in return. Covering a number of different segments like those of compacts, midsize cars and utility vehicles, the current fleet of Tata cars in India has a pretty big lot of as many as 14 models to present to its customers. Models that are at present a part of this fleet are Tata Nano, Tata Indica eV2, Tata Vista, Tata Venture and Tata Indigo CS.
The Indian auto-market is one of the most rapidly growing markets on the planet today, which has driven car-manufacturers from all over the world to try their luck here. But despite the Indian auto-industry being full of national and international brand names, very few marques are there that provide a range as varied and as smartly assorted as the one that has been put together by Tata Motors. From the mass-volume hatchback segment to that of luxury SUVs, Tata cars encompass several different categories, and hence several different price brackets too. At present, the least expensive Tata Motors car is the Tata Nano, which comes tagged with an extremely affordable cost of ownership of just Rs 1,41,898.
For more than two decades now, Tata Motors in India has been a name closely associated with quality, power, innovation and trust. Building vehicles for the rapidly evolving India, the company has striven to bring nothing but the best in each and every one of its offerings, one of the best examples of which is the exhilarating Jaguar Land Rover range. Acquired by Tata Motors in 2008 from Ford Motor Company, the JLR has been a synonym for luxury, strength, power and style in the world of cars. Cars like these, while, on the one hand, offer all that a buyer could ever ask for in their ride, on the other hand, tend to take away a considerable amount of their hard-earned money as well in return for their exceptional services. One such car belonging to the Tata clan is Tata Safari Storme, which is presently the most expensive Tata car in India thanks to its hefty price tag of Rs 10,29,363.
Ever since the year 1998, when Tata Indica was first launched in India, the automaker has been known for the extreme power that its engines have the capability of pumping out and yet somehow maintain fuel-economy ratings at pretty impressive levels. This dual-quality of its powermills has been one of the biggest USPs of Tata Motors and has been a major factor responsible for the glorious sales record that the company keeps in the country. Of all the Tata cars that currently feature on its Indian lineup, Tata Nano is the one that offers the best mileage returns. The price tag that comes attached to this superbly efficient model features a figure of Rs 1,41,898.
Tata Motors has always been an automaker that believes strongly in innovation and advanced technology and uses it to not only to make its offerings better than before but also to bring them within a closer reach of its countless buyers. Tata Nano, which is the least expensive production car of the world, is an example of that. So is the takeover of an 80% stake in the Italy-based design and engineering company Trilix, which Tata carried out in 2010 to boost its styling and design capabilities. Presently offering a total of 14 cars in India, the models that this celebrated automaker is soon going to introduce in the market with the same innovative characteristics are Tata Aria.
Tata Motors Limited, formerly known as TELCO (TATA Engineering and Locomotive Company), is India's largest passenger automobile and commercial vehicle manufacturing company. It is a part of the Tata Group, and has its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra. One of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles and known for its hatchback passenger vehicle Tata Indica, Tata Motors has its manufacturing base in Jamshedpur, Lucknow, Pune and Singur. The OICA ranked it as the world's 21st largest vehicle manufacturer, based on figures for 2006.
Tata Motors is a company of the Tata and Sons Group, founded by Jamshetji Tata. It is currently headed by Ratan Tata.Tata Motors was established in 1945, when the company began making trains. Tata Motors was first listed on the NYSE in 2004. Tata Motors gained Rs. 320 billion during 2001-2006 which was among the top 10 corporate profits in India. In 2004 it also bought Daewoo's truck manufacturing unit, now known as Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle, in South Korea. In March 2005, it acquired a 21% stake in Hispano Carrocera SA, giving it controlling rights in the company. On 10 January 2008, Tata Motors launched their much awaited Tata Nano, noted for its Rs 100,000 price-tag, at Auto Expo 2008 in Pragati Maidan, Delhi.