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Wells, Peter / 2010. The Tata Nano, the global ‘value’ segment and the implications for the traditional automotive industry regions.
Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 3: 443-457.

This paper provides a case study of the Tata Nano, a low-price car designed primarily in and for the Indian market, and its implications for the developed industrial markets. While the Nano is a classic ‘disruptive’ innovation in an Indian context, this paper argues that the car and its emulators have the potential to undermine the viability of the European automotive industry whose business is premised on technological sophistication, premium branding and high price. In an era of greater austerity, the ‘value for money’ segment is the one with global growth potential in emergent markets as well. The paper concludes that policy makers in Europe will need to decide how to react to the rather different vision of automobility offered by the Nano.


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