Zika virus forces India's Tata Motors to change

2016-02-02 16:51
Zica car. (Tata Motors)

Zica car. (Tata Motors)

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New Delhi - The Zika virus has hit India's Tata Motors, which has decided to re-brand a soon-to-be launched hatchback vehicle which was to have been called "Zica," an abbreviation of "Zippy Car."

The car is to be 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 will carry the "Zica" nameplate during the exhibition, but a new name will be announced in a few weeks.

It said the company decided to re-brand the car to empathize with the hardships caused by the outbreak of the Zika virus in many countries.

The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus a global emergency because of its explosive spread across the Americas.

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