Tata Motors to shed 140 models in shift to BS-VI
In the run-up to the new Bharat Stage VI emission norms, that are due to kick in by April 2020, Tata Motos is looking to shed 120-140 models.
India’s largest automobile company by revenues will have 400 new product programmes and 1,000 variants, come April, shedding 120-140 models from its portfolio. The clean-up will ensure higher commonalisation, quicker time to market and lower costs, thanks to new generation modular platforms. However, it would also mean a higher ticket price.
Most of the upgrades are on the commercial vehicles front, where — based on applications — different aggregates, engines and body styles are created to suit customer needs.
Upgrades include the Iris 0.5 tonne van, 55-tonne trucks, large buses, Tiago and Harrier SUV, with 40 different powertrain combinations (engine and transmissions) in 1-5.9 litre CNG, LPG, petrol and diesel engines with manual, automatic and automated manual transmission. Tata Motors would have put in Rs 2,500 crore in BS VI technology, which is its largest investment in vehicle development, said people in the know.
“There is a perfect storm on the technology side,” said Rajendra Petkar, chief technology officer, Tata Motors. “We removed vehicle combinations that didn’t make sense. We cut down product variants 15-20% as a step towards rationalisation. In engines, we would have cut down 25-30% as base engine level.” Tata Motors said all its engines are BS VI compliant and it is just a matter of getting formal certification. The company has already received type approvals for more than 80% of their engines from the certification agencies. More than 90 vehicles combination have been certified.