Tata Motors Ltd's Jaguar Land Rover is celebrating a successful 2010 having received more than 80 international awards for its vehicles during the year.
The tally of awards was shared almost equally between the two brands. Leading the charge for Land Rover was Discovery 4 with over 28 global awards this year bringing its total to 144 since launch in 2004. Commenting on the awards Land Rover's Global Brand Director John Edwards said: "The Discovery 4 offers an exceptional breadth of capability. It is now one of the most highly-decorated vehicles ever and we are thrilled that it continues to receive such great recognition across the industry."
Other Land Rover nameplates also had a tremendous year with the Range Rover being voted the 'Car of the Decade' by readers of autocar.co.uk, the Range Rover Sport voted 'Best 4x4' by Auto Bild (Germany) and the Freelander 2 was voted 'Best Compact SUV' at the Auto Express Car of the Year Awards.
Jaguar's new XJ which went on sale earlier this year and got off to a flying start receiving more than 20 international honours including 'Best Luxury Car' from China's Auto News, 'Annual Limousine King' from Quattroroute (Italy), 'Luxury Car of the Year' from Top Gear (UK), Automobile Magazine's '2011 Design of the Year' and 'Best Executive Sedan' at the Bloomberg Awards (US).
And it was not just production cars that caught the eye of the auto industry elite. The C-X75 concept car was named 'car of the show' at this year's Paris Automobile Show.
On Thursday, Tata Motors ended 1.23% down at Rs1,348.80 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 0.16% down at 19,982.88 points.
Tata Motors Ltd said its small car 'Nano' has received the good design award for 2010, by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
The award for the Tata Nano has come in the category of transportation, Tata Motors said in a statement.
The Tata Nano's design is such that it offers an incredibly spacious passenger compartment which can comfortably seat four adults.
With a length of just 3.1m, width of 1.5m and height of 1.6m, Nano has the smallest exterior footprint for a car in India but is 21 per cent more spacious than the smallest car available today, it said.
Tata Motors recently announced a special finance scheme by which a customer will get within 48 hours, a loan for the Nano. On Thursday, Tata Motors ended 1.23% down at Rs1,348.80 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 0.16% down at 19,982.88 points.
JK Tyre said it has rolled out the country's largest tyre, weighing 3,700 kg, from its Mysore facility.
In a statement, the company claimed that the '40.00-57 60PR VEM045 E4' tubeless tyre is the largest off-the-road tyre manufactured so far in India.
"With this launch, we have set another benchmark in the tyre industry. Our endeavour is to deliver benchmark performance in this category of products, which are used in the most grueling conditions at mines and other application areas," JK Tyre & Industries vice chairman and managing director Raghupati Singhania said.
The company had commenced this project last year as part of its expansion plans, he added. Such large tyres were earlier being imported into India from the US and China, the company said.
On Thursday, JK Tyre ended 0.33% up at Rs135.25 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 0.16% down at 19,982.88 points.