reply to post by Lostmymarbles
Clearly you did not read this paragraph of my last reply;
There are loads of other manufacturers from the Asia region that do cheap cars. We have multiple brands here in australia like great wall, chery,
tata, mahindra, foton, ssangyong, proton, mg, geely that offer cars at ridiculously low prices. Thing is nobody buys them even though some of those
brands like mg, ssangyong and foton actually offer credible quality and safety.
The Australian auto market, apart from being smaller due to a smaller population than the USA is very similar in it's tastes in that we share a love
affair for larger cars that is now starting to wane thanks to continuing high fuel prices.
One can if they wish buy a Chery J1 for $9990 drive away - the cheapest new car price ever in Australia. *edit* It's also a small engined reasonably
fuel efficient hatchback, so is similar in idea to the Nano in that it is small and it is cheap.*
There are loads of other cheap new cars that range from small hatches to people movers to utes and everything in between from all the abovementioned
brands too. Good luck spotting most of them on the road though.
You are basing your assumption on Tata being a game changer on the fact that you believe that every American is going to rush to a Tata showroom and
buy every new car in sight. The reality will be very different though, I guarantee it.
The Tata Airpod will not be a big seller either - it will be even smaller than the Nano so therefore will not offer any practicality. It will be
impossible to build a decent family car on this concept, which would sell extremely well, because the car needs to be small and light for it to work.
Imagine trying to fit an American family in an Airpod and drive it from LA to Vegas. It simply aint going to happen and therefore it will not leave
the showroom floor in big numbers.
This is why the big names in auto manufacturing have ignored these concepts - they know what people want. And what people want is a car that can
carry at least 4 people and their luggage over long distances.
Hybrids work because they can do this thanks to the petrol / diesel engine backup. They are currently the most excellent eco friendly car and nobody
is laughing at them because they have proved themselves. An air powered car can't and won't work because like an electric car, it needs to be charged
and even worse for the air powered car, it needs to be small and light to have a proper chance of working.
The future of non fossil fuel powered cars lays in a few possibilities ; Tesla's wireless method of electricity transmission for electric cars,
Hydrogen fuel cells, cold fusion when it's finally mastered etc. All of these propulsion methods have the ability to be scaled to any car size and
therefore will be able to be used in cars we would actually like to buy and own.
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