CNBC-TV18 learns production of the Nano at Pant Nagar has been halted from the start of April and is expected to resume on the 12th of April. Sources say, there are issues with certain critical components, something Tata Motors has categorically denied. Swati Khandelwal gets you this exclusive report.The bookings for the Nano will kick start in the next 24 hours but Tata motors is still significantly behind their production schedule. CNBC-TV18 learns from multiple sources, that Tata Motors attempts to ramp up Nano production to 50 cars a day this month have come undone and it is in all probability producing under 20 cars a day. So sources say in all Tata motors has managed to produce about a 1000 cars till date while over 50,000 booking forms have been sold so far.
CNBC-TV18 learns, the company has halted production at Pant Nagar at the start of april and hopes to resume post the 12th of this month. A shut down post launch, is surprising given the unprecedented demand for the nano.When asked specifically about the production halt, Tata Motors Say " production and manufacturing details are internal to the company "
We also learn Tata group Chairman Ratan Tata and tata motors MD Ravi Kant are expected to visit Pant Nagar in the second half of April. When contacted Tata motors said, "Production and sales data of the Tata Nano will be made public by the company for the month of July when deliveries of the car will commence." We learn, the company is facing problems related to certain critical components. Sources say Tata Motors has apparently been struggling with this problem even before the car was launched on the 23rd of march. When contacted Tata Motors denied any problems. "We categorically state that there are no issues with the crankshaft, crankcase, air intake system etc of the Tata Nano"
We also understand that some suppliers have been asked to stock up for the moment. So this begs the question- with the production schedule going awry just how long will customers have to wait to get behind the wheels of the Nano?