Tata Motors has discontinued production of the Sumo and Bolt hatchback along with the Nano. This is in view of upcoming safety and emission norms. Updating these ageing models would have been uneconomical, and thus they have been discontinued.
The latest version of the Tata Sumo was the Gold; which was launched in November 2011. It was powered by a common rail, 4 cylinder engine offering 84 bhp power at 3,000 rpm and 250 Nm torque at 1,000 rpm mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.
The Sumo was offered in a price range from Rs.7.52-8.96 lakhs and was sold in 4 variants. The model also cannot be updated with safety features such as ABS, reverse parking sensors, driver side airbags and seat belt reminders and hence production has been stopped. Sales in Mar 2019 stood at 96 units, declining 88% from March 2018. Existing stocks at dealers will be sold till inventory available.
The Tata Bolt hatchback was unveiled at 2014 Auto Expo. It is also being pulled out of production. The Bolt was based on the older X1 platform but with Tata Motors now focusing on all cars with the all-new IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy as well as modular ALFA and OMEGA platforms, the company has no other option but to pull out older models from production.
Bolt sales in March 2019 stood at 30 units, down from 421 units sold in March 2018. To replace the Bolt, Tata will launch Altroz, which will sit above the Tiago above the company line-up.
Apart from the Sumo and Bolt, Tata has also pulled the Nano out of production. Next it will be Zest that will be discontinued, as the company already has Tigor updated planned for launch. Zest is based on same old platform of Bolt, and is powered by BS4 engines. Zest sales for Mar 2019 stood at 645 units, down from 1604 units in Mar 2018. Tata Safari is another car which will be axed. Safari sales for March 2019 stood at 445 units, down from 1145 units sold in March 2018.
Replacing old Tata cars are range of new Tata cars. The company has already launched Tiago, Tigor, Nexon, Harrier in recent years. Next they have Buzzard, Altroz, H2X, 8 seater MPV to rival Innova Crysta, and so on.