The increased sales of Tata Motors's latest hatchback, the Tiago, helped the company register 43.29 growth in the passenger cars segment in July. The Indian car-maker's domestic passenger vehicle market grew 31 percent to 13,547 units last month as against 10,335 in the year-ago period.
The Mumbai-based car maker sold 12,209 units of passenger cars in July, as against 8,520 sold in July 2015. Though the variant-wise sales report is not released yet, it is evident that the Tiago, which has average monthly sales of over 3,500 units, is the key for the surge in sales. The new hatchback found 4,205 takers in June, making it the first model in Tata's stable to exceed the monthly sales of 4,000 units in the past two years. According to reports, Tiago maintained the sales figures of over 4,000 units in July as well.
Tata Motors has received close to 25,000 bookings for the Tiago so far of which 80 percent are for petrol variants. It also commands a waiting period of two to three months depending on the city. The Tiago is the first car of Tata Motors featuring its new Impact design language.
Priced at Rs. 3.2 lakh for the base petrol model and Rs. 3.94 lakh for the diesel model (ex-showroom Delhi), the Tiago is powered by either 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol or 1.05-litre three-cylinder Revotorq diesel mill. The petrol mill churns out 83.8bhp of power at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm, while the 1.05- diesel engine produces 69bhp of power at 4,000rpm and 140Nm of torque at 1,800-3,000rpm. Both the engines come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Tata Tiago AMT
To keep the positive momentum with the Tiago, Tata Motors will soon add AMT transmission option to the hatchback. The Tiago AMT has been spotted while testing last month and its market launch is expected in the upcoming festive season. Tata, which has two AMT models in its line-up already — the GenX Nano and the Zest — is expected to offer the AMT box in the petrol models of the Tiago.