New Indian models unveiled at Geneva Motor Show

Geneva: Tata Motors on Tuesday unveiled four products, including premium hatchback Altroz and a concept version of small SUV H2X, at the Geneva Motor show here. The company took curtains off an electric version of Altroz hatchback as well, which it plans to launch next year. The company also showcased a second SUV from its OMEGA platform called the Buzzard Geneva edition, a seven-seater SUV. The name of the vehicle is yet to be finalised for the Indian market.

It also revealed Buzzard Sport (known as Harrier in India) during the unveiling here, which was attended by Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata and Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran. All the products are based on the company’s optimal modular efficient global advanced (OMEGA) and agile light advanced architecture (ALFA), which are expected to hit road over the next two years. “All these global products are based on the two new architecture strategy. We are confident that they will be game changers in their own spheres and will successfully reiterate our commitment to offer aspirational products,” Tata Motors MD and CEO Guenter Butschek told reporters.

While the Altroz and its EV version are based on ALFA platform, Buzzard comes pinned on OMEGA architecture. The Altroz, which will be launched later this year, will come with both petrol and diesel engine options. “This architecture also has the ability to evolve into a range of modern, exciting vehicles in a short development cycle,” the company said. Flexible solutions in the architecture also make it capable of handling connected, hybrid car offerings in the future, it added.

Mahindra launches luxury electric car Battista

Luxury electric vehicles brand Automobili Pininfarina, a part of the Mahindra Group, on Tuesday unveiled its luxury electric vehicle Battista here which is touted to be faster than a current Formula 1 race car in its 0-100 km/h sub-two second sprint. When it arrives in 2020, the Battista will be the most powerful car ever designed and built in Italy. It has the potential to accelerate to 62 mph in less than two seconds, faster than a Formula 1 car, and break the 250 mph top speed barrier all with a potential zero emissions range of over 300 miles, the company said.

It will deliver a level of performance that is “unachievable today in any road-legal sports car featuring internal combustion engine technology”, it claimed. “This is the most authentic and exciting automotive story imaginable. The Battista is the hypercar of the future, inspired by a legendary past,” Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke told reporters here.

Electrification unlocks the door to a new level of performance and a zero-emissions future, whilst a passion and respect for automotive history will define how this landmark car looks and feels, he added. “We aim for the Battista to be a future classic and automotive icon, writing its own page in automotive history books,” Perschke said. No more than 150 Battistas will be hand-crafted in Italy and allocated equally between the regions of North America, Europe and Middle East/Asia, Pininfarina said.

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