According to a media report, Tata Motors has announced that it will end sales of the Nano from April 2020, sighting the introduction of new safety and emission regulations as well as poor sales.
The Nano was launched in 2009 and received updates throughout its lifetime. The latest iteration, called the GenX Nano, received an updated exterior with new headlights and bumper and an openable rear hatchback. The interior of the car was updated with new features including covered glove boxes. An automated manual transmission (AMT) was also introduced in the GenX Nano.
In 2010, Tata Motors sold 9,000 units of the Nano. In 2011, sales dropped to 500 units due to the negative publicity it received after reports of the car catching fire. Despite regular updates, sales never picked up. In 2018, only 3 units were sold in India and not a single car was exported. Therefore, upgrading the car to meet upcoming crash safety and emission regulations does not seem feasible for the company.
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