AUV – Aspirational Utility Vehicle that’s what Tata Motors calls its new utility vehicle. We have got some details about this vehicle and we are here to share those with you, our readers. The AUV from Tata Motors is a part of Cyrus Mistry’s aggressive strategy to get Tata Motors back in the market of utility vehicles against Mahindra’s Bolero and other competition.
Back in June 2008, Tata Motors completed acquisition of Jaguar and Land Rover business from Ford Motor Company. Since then, Tata Motors has set up TMETC (Tata Motors European Technical Co-operation) in the JLR city, Coventry. TMETC contributed technical expertise from the JLR group to the development at Tata Motors R&D, Pune. Tata Aria, Safari Storme are some of the products from Tata Motors that had contributions from its counterparts in Coventry, UK. AUV is another product from Tata Motors, that will use reference of JLR group vehicles in the entire development of vehicle. AUV will have underpinnings of first generation Land Rover Discovery that will help Tata to get a good ride and handling package and reliability.
A compact SUV, an MPV and AUV are three different programmes in line from Tata Motors. The MPV project (codenamed as B-CUV) work is also in development and Mercedes-Benz’s Viano is used as a benchmark and the compact SUV from Tata Motors will rival Ford EcoSport, Mahindra S101, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano.
In the next upcoming months, we will see Falcon 4 and Falcon 5 products from Tata and later this year in last quarter, Tata Motors will launch Nano Automatic and Nano diesel. Falcon 4 is a revamped Vista with better quality of the interiors and Falcon 5 is a compact sedan based on Manza diesel hybrid concept showcased at 2012 Auto Expo. Under the hood there might be replacement of diesel and petrol engines as well. The 1.2 liter turbocharged diesel mill and recently revealed 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol.