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Piaggio 3-seater soon to take on Nano
Published on 9 Nov. 2010 12:44 AM IST
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The micro car market is increasingly getting crowded after Tata Motors’ Nano, Italian auto maker Piaggio is joining the league to bring its new 3-seater car to India. Already other global car makers like Hyundai Motor , General Motors are in the fray to launch their small cars while French car maker Renu is jointly developing a low-cost car jointly with Indian two wheeler major Bajaj Auto, stated Times News.
Piaggio, best known for scooters worldwide, unveiled its four-wheel, small car concept codenamed NT3, at the Milan Bike Show that has been “designed to meet mobility needs in its major markets like India, Vietnam and South East Asia”. The Italian manufacturer which operates a fullyowned subsidiary, Piaggio India Ltd, is the current market leader of three-wheel commercial vehicles in India, with its flagship Ape as the market leader in terms of sales.
Referring to NT3 small cars as the next Ape Piaggio India Ltd MD Ravi Chopra said, “The car has been developed keeping in view fast-growing markets like India and Vietnam. After the concept which has been developed in India we will be working on cost-effective manufacturing technologies during the next phase to make the car competitive priced.”
The NT3 is based on the Ape platform and according to Piaggio top executives would be production ready within 3 years. It is expected to hit the Indian market with a approximate price tag of Rs 1.5 lakh.
The 2.4m long NT3 initial to be powered by a 200cc capable of offering speeds of up to 60 km/hour and a or 300cc engine (max speed of 80km/hour) that could also have a hybrid variant with possible electric motor in future.
The yet to be launched car is conceived to overcome traffic congestion in Asian and European cities is expected to be a low-consumption, low-polluting vehicle capable of travelling over 30km/litre of fuel.

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