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Watch: Ratan Tata springs a surprise by visiting Mumbai’s Taj Hotel in a Nano sans security

Ratan Tata has posted an image of him posing with the Tata Nano compact car during a media briefing in the past.(Photo: Ratan Tata/Instagram)

Leading industrialist Ratan Tata sprang a surprise by visiting the group’s luxury Taj Hotel in Mumbai in the people’s car—Tata Nano.

A video that has gone viral shows the industrialist sitting in the Nano without any security escort with only a few members of the hotel staff coming to see him off.

Ratan Tata still appears to be passionate about the Nano which was launched as an affordable car for the masses at a price of Rs 1 lakh in 2008. 

Merely a few days ago, he shared an image from the launch of the car, and expressed his thoughts on how the project was born:  “What really motivated me, and sparked a desire to produce such a vehicle, was constantly seeing Indian families on scooters, maybe the child sandwiched between the mother and father, riding to wherever they were going, often on slippery roads. One of the benefits of being in the School of Architecture, it had taught me to doodle when I was free. At first, we were trying to figure out how to make two-wheelers safer, the doodles became four wheels, no windows, no doors, just a basic dune buggy. But I finally decided it should be a car. The Nano was always meant for all our people.”