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Tata Pixel to be ready by 2014

Last updated on: January 10, 2013 09:28 IST

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Remember the bean-shaped Tata Pixel concept car or its predecessor the Megapixel? The company unveiled the concept cars during the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Tata Pixel is a concept car for European cities. Based on the Nano platform, Pixel measures under-three meters and can accommodate four adults.

When Pixel goes to the production stage, it is going to be the first four-seater for such a small footprint and also the passenger car with the smallest turning radius.

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That's because the Pixel does not use a conventional steering system. It crabs into parking spots instead of steering into it.

It can move sideward into a parking space with the help of a technology called toroidal traction-drive Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT), which spins each wheel on the axle giving it an unbelievable turning radius of 2.6m.

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Another catchy design feature that generated interest during the auto show, is the 'scissor' doors that rotate upwards for passenger to move in and out effortlessly.

Tata's UK engineering team, headed by Nick Fell, have improved the technology since it was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and patented it.

Auto Express got an exclusive drive and they've published all details on their website.

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The "zero turn" technology will work below a certain speed. The car hinges on the centre of the rear axle and the car moonwalks into a tight parking space.

To lock the inner wheels, Tata Motors is working on an extra functional ABS system instead of the costly Torotrak system. This will help to bring down the cost of the city car.

Tata will have road-going models with this technology ready by the end of this year.

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