Tata Nano to Come with CVT

Tata’s original vision was to make the Nano the most affordable and easy to drive and own car on the Indian market. But that vision might not yet be complete, as the car isn’t offered with any kind of automatic transmission, in order to make life just that little bit easier for the first time driver.

That could all change, as AutoCar India is reporting that the development team working on the Nano is creating a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) variant that will provide more drivability for the average Indian customer. Tata Motors is negotiating its plans with a Canada-based company to turn the idea intro reality.

“Tata has already invested huge amount in Canada’s Quebec province and is in the process of signing a deal for supply of parts for gearless Nano with C-tech, a Montreal-based auto component maker,” stated Benoit-Jean Bernard, director Quebec office, Counsulate General of Canada in Mumbai, according to The Times of India. According to him, the two companies have been working on the project for two year.

Once the deal is finalized, the Canadian company could set up shop close to the Nano plant in Sanand. Tata could also consider bringing the second generation model to other markets in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. CVs are nothing new in India, Honda used to provide it on their City.

But Tata could expose the gearboxes to a much wider market in India if it introduces it in the Nano, as it also offers other better mileage and a smoother driving experience than a traditional automatic. The smoother-shifting Nano is predicted to arrive in India in November this year.
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