Tata may have to abondon a nearly-completed factory over alleged land seizures
2 September 2008

Tata may have to abandon the nearly-completed factory that was meant to build the Nano in the face of continued demonstrations over alleged land seizures.

The firm said today that it has had to "suspend the construction and commissioning work at the Nano Plant in Singur in view of continued confrontation and agitation at the site."

It is looking at moving the entire operation to another location. "The company is evaluating alternate options for manufacturing the Nano car at other company facilities and a detailed plan to relocate the plant and machinery to an alternate site is under preparation," Tata said in a statement.

Last week the factory was besieged by mobs demanding the return of 400 acres of land, which they claim was illegally seized by local government for the factory.

Should Tata decide to leave Singur, it will be a major blow to the Nano, which was meant to be going into production next month. The firm has already had to contend with rising materials prices that have threatened the car's proposed £1250 price tag.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out