The world’s cheapest car, Tata Nano, rolled out of its new plant at Sanand, in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat, India yesterday.
Tata Motors had originally chosen Singur in communist-ruled West Bengal as the main plant to produce the Nano back in 2008. However, Tata Motors abandoned its first-choice factory due to a violent farmer protests forced the company to relocate over land ownership dispute.
The new factory in western state of Gujarat promises to unleash production of the super small car, which Tata plans to export to Europe, and eventually the U.S. The capacity of the plant will approximately be 250,000 cars per year to be achieved in phases, and with some balancing is expandable up to 350,000 cars per year.
Tata Motors chairman Ratan Tata and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi together drove the first car off the assembly line shortly before 1p.m.
“We will see the product of this state on the roads of India, giving the people of India a chance to have personal transport,” Tata said at the opening ceremony.
Deliveries from the new plant start later this month, the company will also producing the Nano at an existing plant in the northern state of Pantnagar (Uttarakhand) with small quantities.
Photo Gallery: 2008 Tata Nano