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Tata Motors gets ‘phygital’ with the Racemo

Murali Gopalan Geneva | Updated on January 13, 2018 Published on March 07, 2017

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The sports coupe, a first from the TaMo sub-brand, debuts in Geneva

Racemo , a two-seater sports coupe from the Tata stable, made its debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday.

It was barely weeks ago that Tata Motors introduced its new sub-brand, TaMo, positioned as an incubating centre of innovation for new technologies. The idea is to work on future mobility solutions with a low-volume, low-investment business model.

Racemo marks the beginning of this journey and the debut happens at an event Tata Motors has been participating in for two decades now.

It also reflects the journey of a company that made a dramatic shift to passenger cars in the late-1990s with the Indica. The Racemo has been touted as India’s first globally developed ‘phygital’ car, merging the physical and digital worlds. It will bring alive connected car features such as advanced navigation, predictive maintenance, remote monitoring and over-the-air updates using Microsoft cloud-based technologies.

Epitomising change

According to Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, Racemo is the first innovation from TaMo and reflects the change happening at Tata Motors.

The car is is built on a structural technology that allows greater freedom in surface design, efficient large-scale part integration leading to modularity and faster time to market. The company says this is being used for the first time ever in the automotive industry for passenger vehicles.

Designed in Italy

Racemo was designed at Tata Motors’ design studio in Italy. Going forward, TaMo will provide a digital ecosystem that will be leveraged by Tata Motors to support the mainstream business.

Challenges in mobility

From the company’s point of view, the automobile landscape has changed considerably over the years with new mobility challenges emerging in the form of the Ubers and Olas.

In the process, people need a really good reason to buy a car instead of being bogged down with the pressures of ownership. It is here that TaMo will strive to make a difference in connecting with today’s youth, who are passionate about new technologies.

Volumes are passe

More importantly, the idea is to work on niche solutions where volumes will not be humongous as in the traditional car business where considerable investments are also part of the exercise.

Finding these gaps in mobility and being able to offer quick solutions from TaMo will be the way forward even as this balances with Tata Motors’ focus in the mass passenger car segment.

To that extent, the Racemo is a big leap forward and could pave the way for other interesting innovations that could be used both in India and globally.

Published on March 07, 2017
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