Caparo, the manufacturer of the super-advanced Caparo T1 , will build body structures for the Tata Nano . Caparo has been manaufacturing similar items for other auto makers in India for the last three years. Their customer list also boasts of JCB and Ashok Leyland.
60% of the assemblies will be taken care by Caparo. The structural panels will be pressed and assembled at the factory in Sin gur, West Bengal, where the car will be manufactured. To keep the costs down, Caparo has used a new semi automated production line with zero fault forward quality control systems that will ensure maximum efficiency.
"The body technology is relatively conventional, but the manufacturing technology is the result of very sophisticated analysis to ensure high-quality, low cost production," said Caparo Group CEO Angad Paul.
The reason why Tata has handed this task to Caparo is because of their good reputation for producing high quality components, and they also supply components to rival Maruti Suzuki’s 800.
Indian auto manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, has acquired Italian auto design and engineering firm GRD. The move indicates Mahindra’s desire to go global with their future products.
Financial details of the deal with Turin-based G.R. Grafica Ricerca Design (GRD) were not revealed.
"This acquisition will help us strengthen our existing design capabilities, help us emerge as a global auto design powerhouse [and] provide a solid European footprint," said Pawan Goenka, president of Mahindra’s automotive unit.
The company will be renamed Mahindra Graphic Research and Design after all the formalities are complete.
Mahindra manufacturs Utility vehicles and tractors. They are one of the key players in the Indian automobile industry and have partnered with Renault for manufacturing the Logan . Mahindra’s Scorpio SUV is sold in the U.S by Global Vehicles USA, and is also planning to launch the hybrid version of the SUV sometime later this year.