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Tata Pixel with Nano engine for Europe.

New Delhi, Jan. 3 --

Tata Motors has launched a prototpe of its Pixel concept car with a 624cc petrol engine from its "people's car" Nano, a report said.

While the concept car showcased at the Geneva Motor show in March 2011 was fitted with a three-cylinder 1.2 litre diesel engine, the Pixel tested by UK's Auto Expresshad the Nano's engine that "struggled for power". The Pixel we drove feels like any other city car, despite its ability to pivot in its own length, it said.

The concept car was designed based on the Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car for the European market. The Tata Pixel - at just over three metres in length - is the most package efficient four-seater in the world, comfortably accommodating four adults, unlike a typical city car which is either a two-seater or can accommodate two adults and two children only, Tata Motors said in March.

The Tata Pixel's ability to manoeuvre and park in the tightest of spaces is made possible by its Zero Turn toroidal traction-drive Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT), which assists rotation of the outer rear wheel forwards and the inner rear wheel backwards, while the front wheels turn at acute angles. The result is a turning circle radius of just 2.6 metres. The 'scissor' doors rotate upwards from the front to allow passengers to effortlessly enter or exit the Tata Pixel, even in the tightest of spaces, it said.

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