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The World's Cheapest Car Is Here!! And It's Your's For $2000!!

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posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 05:37 AM

The World's Cheapest Car Is Here!! And It's Your's For $2000!!

January 10, 2008

The Tata Rs 1-lakh ($2000) car is here! And it's called the Nano!
Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata on Thursday unveiled the Tata Nano at the 9th Auto Expo in New Delhi, India.

Details of the Nano:

The car made in India was unveiled by Ratan Tata, who said: "The car will meet all current safety norms and all emission criteria. The pollution it will cause will be lower than 2-wheelers."

Nano has a rear-wheel drive, all-aluminum, two-cylinder, 624 cc, 33 bhp, multi-point fuel injection petrol engine. This is the first time that a two-cylinder gasoline engine is being used in a car with single balancer shaft.
(visit the link for the full news article)

[edit on 11-1-2008 by Jbird]

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 05:37 AM
The Nano has been designed as a family car, having a roomy passenger compartment with generous leg space and head room and can comfortably seat four persons.

It's amazingly fuel efficient giving 23 km a litre in city traffic. One way to beat the coming oil crunch, what?

But the moot point is, where is the road space? With India's metro's already groaning and bursting at their seams with hundreds of thousands of cars, this is going to be a nightmare!

But it sure would be fun watching a ubiquitous Nano zipping it's way past the bigger Fords, BMWs, Toyota's, Mercs and Hyundai's crawling along in the city's traffic jams!!

Here's another pic of the cute little 4-wheeler..
(visit the link for the full news article)

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[edit on 11-1-2008 by Jbird]

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 05:50 AM
Thanks but I already have a golf cart.

This might be fine for India where the biggest thing that's going to hit you is a motorized trike or a regular old bicycle,

but you're a braver man than me if you'd drive that thing on an interstate.

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posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 05:53 AM
I generally use the car for transportation, not destruction derby

Edit: it only lacks sideways movement now... 4 wheels should all turn 90 degrees to either side

[edit on 10-1-2008 by Alphard]

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 06:32 AM
Thats a very cheap little car. Amazingly cheap. With only 33 bhp and four people in it, that is gonna be painfully slow. I notice they don't give any of the usual speed performance details.

0-60 in......? I'd be surprised if it even gets to 60 when you got four people in that car.

I hope they get round to exporting this car worldwide and a review on UK's Top Gear TV show would be great.

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 06:45 AM
I still think this is great for India. The roads are still cluttered with everything from scooters to trikes and everything else. But if you have a family, I doubt you'll want to take the chance and drive around on a little scooter... Especially if you have a family of four.

This thing is probably more then enough safe for those who live in India. But in other countries, I think it's a death trap waiting to happen. Try taking I-75 on a busy day...


posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 07:16 AM
horray for TATA Motors.

$2 grand is pretty good, for that type of metropolitan transportation,
i dont believe it was engineered for freeway or distance transportation.

but if it is to become an import to the USA...the price will shoot up past
$4-5 grand... way too expensive for a niche vehicle

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 07:27 AM
I can smell '1 car for each kid'

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 08:27 AM
Wow! I can't believe there's a car named after a boob.

I can see it now...Jay Z- "Motorboatin pimp stylin in my tata's on wheels.."

Dropped with 22" wheels, turbo so it'll be sure to get another 10hp or so...awwwyaaa!

Ooh, I can't wait to see someone put a system in one..and Hydro's.


posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 09:20 AM

Originally posted by Irma

I hope they get round to exporting this car worldwide and a review on UK's Top Gear TV show would be great.

I don't think even the Stig could make that thing go fast...

I highly doubt that this car would be practical in many places. It would probably pose more of a hazard on roadways in most countries because it lacks power, not to mention the fact that for such a low price I doubt it's thoroughly reinforced to withstand a serious collision.

Would be fun to put a Hayabusa motor in it and drift it like they did with the SMART car

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 09:30 AM
I would buy that if it came stateside. I drive 7 miles to work each day on 35-45mph roads. 56mpg city would be fantastic.

[edit on 10-1-2008 by Karlhungis]

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 11:19 AM
i bet at that price the quality will be down there with kia, hyundai + daewoo's.

insane1: imagine "big stig" (stigs american cousin) trying to squeeze into one for a test drive?

look at the wheels
what are they, 10" pizza cutters?

[edit on 10/1/08 by Obliv_au]

[edit on 10/1/08 by Obliv_au]

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 11:31 AM
Well before y'all make comparisions with Cars in the West, western cars are equally useless in India. I mean if you take a Dodge Ram on Indian roads your not going to get anywhere during this year. Plus with a small car which is highly maneuverable and cheap on the pocket this thing is going to do what the Beetle did to the car industry in Europe. In the same sense that Hitler launched his Volks Wagon, this "peoples car" is yet another way to actually improve safety getting people off mopeds and motorcycles to something more safer for more people.

The most interesting thing about this is that it was even possible. You cant expect Top Gear to rate it highly because in all probability they will never get their hands on it as it will be purely in India. Most car companies including Toyota, the other Japanese and even Ford and GM scoffed at the idea of actually making a car for under $3000 because for most of them manpower itself costs about that much and even materials alone would not let them cover their costs. However, Tata has pulled it off and THAT is what is most interesting and commendable.

And dont diss TATA so soon, in case y'all didnt know they are in to take over Land Rover and Jaguar pretty soon so while you think Tata makes motorized shopping carts, dont forget that pretty soon those 60,000 - 70,000 dollar Land Rovers could belong to them.

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 11:34 AM
reply to post by mikesingh

damn thats a ugly CAR
i am not insulting indian industry just the designers
were they blind of something?

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 02:31 PM
I read the news on CNN thats a great thing, and considering India's traffic moves slow the maximum speed of 43miles is ok...

but let me corerct you my friend Mike, its $2500 and 2000

but it still is the cheapest car (earlier the cheapest car was $5000 Chery QQ3 )" target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">Worlds Cheapest cars

I hope this car has all that the middle class of India needs.

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 02:32 PM
Something messed up, here the link again

World's cheapest cars


posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 06:37 PM

Originally posted by IAF101
Land Rovers could belong to them.

LRs are already "Made in China."

Funny these will probably be a status symbol for a while. And India does have an obesity problem, so there goes 5% of the already small not-skinny-poor-people market.

If it'll have a good warranty I'd buy one. Probably get 100,000 reliable miles and 10 years? For 2 grand? I'd only use it on a clear day but otherwise that's not too bad at all!

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 06:59 PM
i would buy one right now if they import them.....
perfect for short drives to the convenient stores and things like that...definately

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 08:43 PM
From what I understand there is a very good set of reasons why this car is made so inexpensively. SORRY USA we won't ever be seeing this car on the roads. It is not street legal here.

I am not a car guy by any means. But there is something scary about hollow steering columns, and there is something about the transmission being belt driven?

This thing runs on a freaking rubber band for crying out loud!

There are other things about this car that make it so cheap. I applaud Tata Motors for a good idea. but as for us po boys and girls here in America we ain't seeing this thing out on our roads.

Least I heard that somewhere. I could be wrong I have been before.

as the time of my post when I went about the internet a lookin this little death sentence on wheels up.

AP India: Others have said Tata will have to sacrifice quality and safety standards to meet the target price.

But they have made a great idea happen, They have made a product that costs $2500. Up from the Op's article at the time of this posting.

posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 08:44 PM
Perfect for the wife.

Do they do it in pink?

Design wise, I have to say that Function has come way before Form and when you are trying to lower emissions, improve safety and have a greater control of costs it HAS too!

Not a bad job.

Kudos to TATA and their Nano's!!


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