Turin was, therefore, a perfect choice; it is the design capital for the stylish Italian car industry, housing firms such as I.DE.A., and the headquarters of brands such as Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo.
It is also breathtakingly beautiful, surrounded on the western and northern fronts by the majestic snow-clad Alps.
Natural beauty has always been a source of inspiration for intensely creative people such as designers.
Meanwhile, back home in Pune, a mammoth exercise in creativity and execution was under way: over 3800 components, 700-plus dies and 4000 fixtures for the Indica were being designed.
These parts were also being simultaneously tested and validated, which was made possible by CAD systems that had been installed just in time for this project. In fact, paper drawings were done away with completely, which was an achievement in its own right.
Between Pune and Turin, the engineers at Tata Motors had to address several complicated design challenges.