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Aaron
04-05-2008, 06:13 PM
50MPG econocar made in India

January 11, 2008

Tata Nano - world's cheapest new car is unveiled in India

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A team of 500 people worked on creating the Nano - Tata aims to prove that India can compete on the world market as an innovative car maker Ashling O'Connor in Delhi

It is 3 metres long, seats four comfortably or five at a squeeze, does 65mph and aims to revolutionise travel for millions. The “People’s Car” is also the cheapest in the world at 100,000 rupees (£1,300) – the same price as the DVD player in a Lexus.

The Nano, from Tata, the Indian conglomerate bidding for Jaguar and Land Rover, was unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo yesterday to music from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Ratan Tata, the company chairman, harked back to the first flight by the Wright Brothers and the Moon landing as he revealed the cute, snub-nosed hatchback that will allow millions in India’s emerging middle classes to buy a car for the first time.

“I hope this changes the way people travel in rural India. We are a country of a billion and most are denied connectivity,” he said. “This is a car that is affordable and provides all-weather transport for the family.”

The aluminium shell contains a rear-mounted 33bhp two-cylinder petrol engine and weighs about half a tonne. The standard version comes with the vital features: brakes, a four-gear manual transmission, seatbelts, locking, wind-down windows and a steering wheel. A small boot could store a duffel bag. It lacks a passenger-side mirror and has one windscreen wiper. The deluxe version will have air-conditioning while extras such as a radio and an airbag could be added.

This for £1,300 . . .
Top speed 65mph
Engine rear-mounted 623cc, 33bhp multipoint fuel injection engine
Transmission continuous variable transmission
Fuel consumption 50mpg
Body sheet metal with crumple zones
Extras air conditioning and airbag optional. No radio, no power steering, one windscreen wiper

FULL ARTICLE HERE:
Tata Nano - world's cheapest new car is unveiled in India - Times Online (http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/driving/article3164205.ece)

Bobi
04-07-2008, 02:24 AM
Cute little bugger. I'm in the market for a new car too (new to me, anyway). Wonder how possible to get one in the US and how soon.