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Tata Nano clears European Crash Test

By Motortrend India Staff   |   15 July,2009

Tata Nano, has passed the current European impact testing at the MIRA centre.

The tests conducted at MIRA are much tougher than those that are currently carried out in India. Tata Motors is working to upgrade the Nano to ensure that it meets "Westernized" crash standards, including the European NCAP tests, and America's NHTSA requirements.

Tata Nano managed to pass the 40 per cent offset crash test at 56 kmph and the side-impact tests. It has received a green signal from an inspector from Britain's Vehicle Certification Authority and various journalists who were invited at the test.

Tata Motors is planning to introduce the Tata Nano to the European market. There is a demand for low-cost cars in Europe, which have good fuel economy. Hence, Tata will upgrade the Nano with airbags and other high-end features and will rename it as the Nano Eupora.

To meet the driving needs of its potential customers, the Tata Nano Europa will be powered by a 3-cylinder sporty all-aluminum MPFI engine matched with a 5-speed automatic transmission, and electric power steering. The gasoline engine will be class-leading, providing high fuel efficiency and low CO2 emission of less than 100 gm / km.

The Tata Nano Europa will meet all safety regulations. In addition to the all sheet-metal body, its energy absorbing design, use of advanced restraint systems, ABS, ESP and Air Bags will enhance passenger safety.

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