Tata Motors has recently launched the four- to seven-passenger Magic and nine- to 13-passenger Magic and Winger ranges.

If the Winger - billed as India's only maxi-van - looks familiar it's because it's based on a previous-generation Renault design which was also sold under the Opel and Vauxhall brands in Europe.

The Magic, developed on the platform of the successful Ace, now brings to urban and rural areas a comfortable, safe, four-wheeler public transportation mode, Tata said. The Winger range is said to offer a perfect blend of the comfort of a car with the spaciousness of a bus for intra-city and long-distance transportation.

Both the Magic and the Winger are being launched nation-wide, starting with Maharashtra and Gujarat, and will be extended to other parts of the country in due course. The two vehicles will create new segments, their maker said.

The Magic has a 16hp 700 cc water-cooled diesel engine and meets BS-III emission rules.

The Winger is powered by a two-litre turbocharged diesel and there are 11 variants, with three levels of trim- standard, deluxe and luxury.