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TATA Indica Vista

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The Tata Indica Vista is the second generation Tata Indica which was released to the market in 2008 in India. This model does not come as a facelift of the Indica. It is built on its own platform and it comes with its own design and is every much different from the Indica. The Indica Vista is a product by Tata Motors, which car maker was established in the year 1945. Tata first produced its first locomotive in 1954 in partnership with Daimler-Benz AG; which partnership ended in 1969. 

Two models are provided to the local South African market by Tata South Africa; which are the INI and IGNIS models. The INI model makes use of 1.4 L engine which is capable of a maximum power of 55kW and maximum torque of 114Nm. The IGNIS model runs on a similar engine - a 1.4 L engine, using 4 cylinders, with multi point injection system. This engine can generate a maximum power of 65kW and a maximum torque of 116Nm at 4750 rpm. This Indica Vista is a front wheel drive, which makes use of a five-speed transmission€“ . The front suspension of the Indica Vista takes on the independent MacPherson strut with coil spring and the rear adopts the semi-independent, twist beam with coil spring and shock absorber. The two models both provide for a 5 seating €“ 2 front and 3 at the back. The models run on a 44 litre fuel tank. The INI model has a kerb weight of 1030kg and the IGNIS records a kerb weight of 1055kg.

Convenience in the car is courtesy of such features as the power steering and power windows, the aircon, front & rear fog lights, the tilt adjustable steering and height adjustable seats for the driver and co-driver. The Vista features body colored bumpers on models,  wheel caps and a dual tone dashboard. Entertainment for the IGNIS comes in the form of the integrated radio with four speakers and USB port, with the Bluetooth connectivity also on offer as standard for the IGNIS model.

Safety and security is provided by the driver & passenger airbags, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) all features being found on the IGINIS, while the INI models comes with such standard features as the collapsible steering, side intrusion bars, engine immobilizer, crumple zones, child lock on rear doors and remote keyless entry; all features being standard on the IGINIS model. A warranty of 3 years/ 100,000km is offered together with the service plan of 4 years/ 100,000km. A roadside assistance package of 3 years/unlimited mileage is also offered in order to make ownership comfortable in terms of costs of maintenance.

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