Tata Motors is likely to stop the production of Bolt in India as the hatchback has failed to meet the expectations. The company is looking to focus on products bringing good numbers in terms of sales like hatchback Tiago.
Emerging reports indicate that Bolt, which was launched with high expectations, never raised the bar when compared to its rivals and only sold nearly 17,000 units since its launch in 2015.
The company is also planning to drop Bolt Sport, which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016. Auto Car India reports that Tata will launch a sporty version of Tiago instead of Bolt. Tata's newly launched Tiago is clocking average monthly sales of 4,000 units and has garnered over 40,000 bookings since its entry in April.
Although Tata equipped Bolt with a host of features including safety elements, the hatchback had a crash-landing and continued to clock poor sales. Bolt, which competes with the likes of Maruti Swift, Hyundai i20 and Volkswagen Polo, has dual front airbags and ABS with EBD and CSC (Corner Stability Control).
Currently, the petrol variant of Bolt gets 1.2-litre Revotron turbo-charged engine, which is tuned to generate 84bhp at 5,000rpm and a torque of 140Nm of 1,750-3,500rpm and the diesel model packs 1.3-litre Quadrajet motor that can generate 73bhp and peak torque of 190Nm. Both the engines come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.