TATA motor’s fifty-year old journey


1954    Tata launched its first Mercedes Benz diesel truck, Telco.

1958    India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, walks through the apprentice shop at Jamshedpur.

1965
The owner of the first Mercedes Benz diesel truck, Sardar Kartar singh is presented with the key of the 1,00,000th truck.

1969
Employees cheer as the first Tata branded truck rolls out, ending the collaboration with Daimler Benz, Germany.

1977
Tata manufactures its first commercial vehicle at its plant in Pune.

1986
Tata launches its first light commercial vehicle from Telco, the Tata 407.

1992
Tata Estate, Telco’s second passenger vehicle launched by JRD Tata and Ratan Tata.

1994
Tata Motors released its multi-utility car, Tata Sumo in the year 1994. After that, there was no stopping the car manufacturing unit.

1998
Ratan Tata drives the first Tata Indica off the assembly line.

1998
Tata Motors produced an SUV, Tata Safari. It was the first SUV to be designed, developed and manufactured entirely in India.

2002
Tata introduced India’s most competitive indigenous sedan, the Indigo.

2003
Tata Engineering formally changes to Tata Motors.

2004
Tata Motors acquires Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Company, South Korea. The first range of Tata Novus vehicles from Tata Daewoo is launched soon after.

2004
Tata Motors starts its globalisation drive and launches the Tata Indica in South Africa.

2008
Tata Motors launched the most-awaited car of the year, its one-lakh car called Nano, at the 9th Auto Expo.

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