New Delhi, Jun 16: The world's cheapest car, Tata Nano, can be bought directly from a showroom sooner than expected. However, the way the company is dealing with backlog of orders seems to be murky.
Earlier, Tata Motors said that customers will be able to walk into a showroom and drive out in a Nano from Aug-Sep 2010.
Manoj Arora, senior manager, Tata Motors had said on Jun 10 that the customers need not worry about advance booking as the recently inaugurated the manufacturing facility at Sanand, Gujarat, with the capacity to 2.5 lakh units per annum, will help the company deliver cars faster.
But it seems now, the customers need not even wait till Aug to drop the advance booking exercise as the dealers are already offing immediate delivery of Nanos.
“The base model is almost readily available. You can book today and take the delivery tomorrow," a staffer at a New Delhi showroom told a news agency.
However, the medium and top-end versions of the car would take longer to deliver.
"If booked today, the top-end model can be delivered in 15-20 days," said another dealer.
But Tata Motors is yet to clear a backlog of orders placed by customers and the first one lakh cars are awaiting delivery.
When asked on this, a dealer revealed that the company was dealing with it through 'management quota'.
“You have to write an application to Tata Motors and it will be registered for booking... The car will be delivered under management quota," a dealer informed.
When contacted by the news agency, a company spokesperson said, “Tata Motors is now engaged in delivering Nanos to those who have already booked, as per schedule, and at the same price as was committed during the booking."