Tata Motors announced that its upcoming Zica hatchback will bear a new name, as the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which sounds like the hatchback's name, was declared an international health emergency.
In a statement, the Indian automaker said that “as a socially responsible company” and “empathizing with the hardships being caused by the recent Zika virus outbreak,” Tata decided to rename the vehicle.
The Tata Zica hatchback's name is a portmanteau from the words Zippy Car; it is currently on display at the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi. During the duration of the event, the vehicle will still carry the Zica label and Tata said that the new name will be announced after a few weeks.
The vehicle is powered either by a 1.2- Revotron gasoline engine that delivers 85 PS at 6000rpm and 114 Nm of torque or a 1.05-liter Revotorq diesel engine that produces 70 PS at 4000rpm and 140 Nm between 1800 and 3000rpm.
The World Health Organization says the Zika virus is transmitted by Aedus mosquitoes. This is the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Currently, there is no vaccine or medication to stop Zika. The best form of prevention is to avoid getting bitten by the said mosquito. The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.