Monday, September 16, 2019
By Kamal Swami
Tata Family Sadly Relinquishes Sumo From Its Portfolio
Tata Sumo the name that dominated the SUV segment in the Indian car market at the time of its inception will now become a history for the generations to come. According to the recent reports the twenty five years old living legend has finally been removed from the domestic car maker Tata Motors from its portfolio. Although, nothing has been officially revealed by the sources of Tata Motors, but the Tata dealers across the country have discontinued the SUV from their yards.
Introduced, back in 1994 the Sumo succeeded in ruling the hearts of the car enthusiasts of all the segments, especially it had a huge fan following in the rural areas. However, during its existence the company kept on upgrading the SUV according to the changing scenario of the market and introduced the upgraded versions with the same nameplate at the regular intervals. But unfortunately, with the entrance of new players in the segment and implementation of the new laws by the Ministry of Transportation regarding the integration of the safety norms and emission standards it was getting difficult for Tata Motors to upgrade the Sumo accordingly.
It would be interesting to know that going through the implementation of the new norms like AIS safety standards and Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) the Indo-Japanese car maker Maruti Suzuki India Limited has to also discontinue its famous models like Omni and Gypsy. Under the hood, the Sumo was empowered with 3.0 litre diesel engine that is capable of churning the power of 85PS and torque of 250Nm.