Zika infects India’s Tata Motors - almost

Zika infects India’s Tata Motors - almost

Tata unveil new car with a name dangerously close to the virus of the moment


Tata Motors said February 2 it would rename its new Zica hatchback as global alarm grows over an outbreak of the identical-sounding Zika virus.
Photo: Agence France-Presse

The Zika virus has hit India’s Tata Motors, which has decided to rebrand a new hatchback vehicle that it was planning to call Zica. The car was shown for the first time on Wednesday at the Auto Expo 2016 on New Delhi’s outskirts.

Tata Motors said in a statement on Tuesday that the car would carry the Zica nameplate during the exhibition, but a new name will be announced in a few weeks. Zica is an abbreviation of “Zippy Car.” 

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The company said it decided to rebrand the car to empathise with the hardships caused by the outbreak of the Zika virus in many countries. 

The World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus a global emergency because of its explosive spread across the Americas. The disease has also been linked to birth defects in infants and a painful paralysing condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome.

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