Surprisingly, Tata Motors has put on display, their soon to be discontinued Tata Nano Twist at the 2015 Ceylon Motor Show in Sri Lanka. Available at a price of LKR 13.35 lakhs (Rs 6.35 lakhs), Nano Twist was launched in Sri Lanka last year.
Considering that the Nano Twist is to be discontinued in India, post the launch of new GenX Nano on 19th May, Tata Motors seems to have plans to keep the old Nano in production, at least for their export markets. Tata Motors sells their products in Sri Lanka via a local distributor named DimoLanka.
Apart from the Nano, there were a few other Tata cars on display at the 2015 Ceylon Motor Show. This includes Zest, e-XETA, Indigo eCS, and Xenon. At the Show, Tata Motors revealed price of their two upcoming car launches in Sri Lanka – these are Bolt and Zest. Tata Bolt in Sri Lanka is priced at LKR 2,299,000 (or INR 10.94 lakhs), while the Tata Zest is priced at LKR 2,810,000 (or INR 13.38 lakhs).
Tata Zest is offered in petrol and diesel engine options. 1.3 liter four cylinder diesel offering 90 PS power and 200 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. Diesel Zest is also available with AMT gearbox, but it is not announced in Sri Lanka yet. Petrol Zest options comes with a 1.2 liter four cylinder Revotron engine, which generates 90 PS power and 140 Nm torque. It is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission, while no AMT is on offer. Tata Bolt on the other hand is offered in one engine option to include a 1.2 Revotron engine, same as that on Zest.
Tata Motors launched Zest and Bolt in India with optimism, expecting to see good results. However, sales have been far below predictions where both models are concerned. For April 2015, both Zest and Bolt registered their worst ever monthly sales. In April 2015, 1989 units of Zest sedan were sold in India while sales of Bolt hatchback stood at just 633 units during the month.