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(Revised from original 2010 version)
Tata Nano The Peoples Car
The case explores how Tata Motors, India's largest automobile company, developed the Nano, the world's cheapest car. The case focuses on the translation of Ratan Tata's (chairman of Tata Motors) vision of a safe affordable car for the masses by Ravi Kant, managing director of Tata Motors into the Nano Project. The case raises questions around breaking the price-quality barrier and changing existing internal processes to accommodate revolutionary new ideas. The dilemma of success—Tata Nano was a runaway bestseller—left Tata Motors debating how large a bet they should make on the Nano and what kind of capacity commitment this requires.
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Palepu, Krishna G., Bharat N. Anand, and Rachna Tahilyani. "Tata Nano The Peoples Car." Harvard Business School Case 710-420, March 2011. (Revised from original April 2010 version.)