The Tata Loadbeta TDI, UK market, TL, Mobile, 207 TDi and Telcoline elsewhere, was launched in 1988.
TATA Motors began manufacturing commercial vehicles in 1954, in collaboration with Mercedes Benz until 1969, and has grown to become India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer. In the 1990’s TATA diversified into car MPV and SUV manufacture, initially all sharing some styling similarities to the Loadbeta cab seen here. Since the turn of the Millenium TATA has engaged in collaborations with numerous manufacturers, including Rover which gave birth to the short lived CityRover and acquisitions which have included Jaguar and Land Rover. The last acquisition included the rights to the Lanchester brand.
This 2001 Loadbeta is powered by a 90 hp 4 cylinder Turbo Diesel 1948cc / 118.8cui motor.
Capable of carrying 1000 kgs / 2,200 lbs the load space can easily carry a standard Euro pallet.
Production of the original Loadbeta in two and four wheel drive forms ceased in 2003, three further incarnations of the Tata pickup have appeared since then.
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