Reports emanating from India suggest that Skoda’s exit from the Tata partnership haven’t dampened the Indian manufacturers backing for their Advanced Modular Platform. The issue at stake was the Volkswagen group’s lack of appeal for the AMP as opposed to their MQB Matrix derivative.
Managing Director and CEO Guenter Butschek is still looking for partners to back the AMP platform on which Tata Motors plan to roll out seven to eight new products, beginning from 2018. He is quoted as saying, “We are still seeking for opportunities … We are still open and we are still elaborating opportunities … We are open for all kind of collaborations.”
He further said Tata Motors’ motive behind seeking a partner for AMP was to share the platform to bring volume and create economies of scale, create access to “new technologies in the future where we see opportunities and needs in the Indian market”.
Additionally, reports have also indicated that Tata Motors have been testing an electric version of the Nano in the southern city of Coimbatore, in the presence of Ratan Tata. The Nano has been facing a lack of demand, with latest sales figures down to 355 units in May. The huge investment behind the Nano and ongoing costs was also one of the problem areas highlighted by Cyrus Mistry while Chairman of the Tata group.
A electric version of the Nano may just prove to save the project altogether, especially with the Indian government’s declared goal of an all electric road transport fleet by 2030. However it has to prove competitive against local competition like Mahindra’s e2O plus and the lack of charging infrastructure on the ground.