Tata Motors may discontinue Indica eV2 & Indigo eCS by 2017 in order to comply with the crash regulations.
As India is moving towards stricter crash norms, it is mandatory for a car to comply with the crash regulations. BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme), as it will be called, conducts crash tests for all the vehicles sold in India. The crash standards will be made mandatory for new cars from October 2017 & existing cars from October 2019.
The current Indica eV2 & Indigo eCS are outdated & cannot comply with the crash regulations. Leaving tata with two options- to upgrade them to comply with norms or to discontinue. Upgrading them will be a costly affair & the volumes that these models can gather in future may be low. Currently, these cars are famous only in taxi segment.
Tata is in process of launching Kite, which will be replacement of the Indica eV2 & a sedan based on Kite will be replacement of Indigo eCS. The Kite is based on the Indica platform but with heavy modifications done to comply with crash regulations. So Tata will continue to sell Indica eV2 & Indigo eCS in commercial segment till 2017 & may extend even till 2019 basing on the demand
Tata Kite rendering for representation purpose
Indica eV2 & Indigo eCS were best selling cars for Tata. Indigo eCS was the car which started the concept of under 4m Sedan. Soon Maruti followed it by launching the Dzire, which is now Maruti’s 2nd best selling model. Coming to Indica eV2, which was launched in 2011 with upgraded engine returned a class leading efficiency of 25kmpl