Tata Zest and Bolt launched in South Africa as Bolt sedan and Bolt hatchback
Image Caption – L-R: Mr. Manny de Canha, CEO, Associated Motor Holdings Pty Ltd and Mr. Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, at the launch ceremony of Tata Bolt Hatchback and Sedan in South Africa, today.
Tata Motors has announced the launch of two new cars in South Africa, in association with their partner in South Africa, Associated Motor Holdings Pty Ltd. (AMA). The two new cars are Bolt hatchback and Bolt sedan (known as Zest in India).
Price of the Bolt hatchback in South Africa starts from R 132,995 (INR 6.44 lakh) while that of the Bolt sedan starts from R 142,995 (INR 6.93 lakh). All prices are inclusive of VAT. Sale of both cars starts from today, via the 43 Accordian dealerships located across the country.
Available in two trims, both Bolt hatchback and sedan will be offered in a choice of five attractive colours. Engine option on offer is the company’s latest 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol four cylinder Revotron engine. Generating a peak power of 90 PS and 140 Nm torque, this engine is mated to a five speed manual gearbox.
Features on offer with the two cars which will be on sale in South Africa, includes Multi-Drive feature (ECO and CITY drive modes), 9th generation ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), Corner Stability Control feature, HARMAN touchscreen infotainment system with 5” ConnectNext Touchscreen, Advance voice command recognition, SMS notification and read outs and Fully Automatic Temperature Controls on the touchscreen.
Based on the same platform, both Tata Zest and Bolt are Tata’s flagship cars, which were expected to bring a turn-around in the company’s sales figures. This was true for the first few months post the launch of the two cars in India. But of late, sales of both Bolt and Zest in India have seen a steady decline, which has resulted in the company’s overall sales to register decline.