Tata Motors in the US Through Fiat-Chrysler?

Tata Motors' United States expansion is still in doubt due to a number of reasons but the Indian manufacturer seems to be keen on this plan. As we told you a few days ago, Tata Motors could use the existing Jaguar Land Rover North American dealerships to sell the Nano but representatives of JLR quickly denied such a thing. "Tata will not use Jaguar Land Rover's distribution network and vice versa," Stuart Schorr, a spokesman for JLR North America, explained.

But The New York Times comes with a new solution for the Indian manufacturer: it could use the recently formed alliance between Fiat and Chrysler as Tata Motors already works with the Italian automaker on a number of projects. Specifically, Tata is already selling some Fiat models in India in exchange for getting access to diesel engines manufactured by the Italian firm.

Additionally, the two companies are also jointly owning a production facility in India and Tata also produced a pickup truck to be marketed under the Fiat badge.

Getting back to the United States version of Tata Nano, it won't arrive in this market sooner than 2011. At least this is what Ratan Tata, chairman and chief executive of the Tata Group, said, hinting that the Indian manufacturer it still seeking solutions for bringing the most affordable car in the world in the US.

Nevertheless, launching the Nano in this market might take longer than expected, partially due to the modifications the car must undergo to comply with local safety and emission regulations. However, the main problem for Tata Motors remains finding a local company that would help it bring the Nano closer to American buyers.
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