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World's Cheapest Car unveiled in India. TATA NANO $2500

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Tata Motors Thursday unveiled what will be the cheapest car to hit the road anywhere in the world, amid much fanfare as thousands thronged for a peek at the vehicle that Tata hopes will coax habitual customers for two-wheeled vehicles to move upmarket.

At the Auto Expo in New Delhi, Ratan Tata drove the Nano, which the company calls the People’s Car, onto the stage and said it would still have the price tag of 100,000 (approximately $2,500) rupees promised four years ago, though commodity prices have since risen. “That’s because a promise is a promise.”

But the vehicle will make a profit for the company, he emphasized. Tata Motors’ shares were up 1.7% on the Bombay Stock Exchange, at 783.50 rupees.

The four-door vehicle, which can comfortably seat four people, has a 33 brake horsepower, 624 cubic centimeter engine in the rear. The basic model has no air conditioning, power steering, antilock brakes or electric windows, though a couple of deluxe models will offer air conditioning. It also has a single windshield wiper and no rear seat belts. The car will be ready for the market later this year.

As auto companies roll out smaller, cheaper vehicles to lure more customers--Volkswagen (other-otc: VLKAY - news - people ), Hyundai (other-otc: HYMLF - news - people ) and Bajaj Auto (other-otc: BJAUF - news - people ) also showcased small car concepts at the New Delhi auto show--there is concern over how the crowded city roads will handle the influx, not to mention an increase in pollution levels, with thousands more such vehicles hitting the roads.

Tata brushed aside pollution concerns, saying the Nano was designed to meet all safety standards and emissions laws. The company also plans to launch a diesel variant. The car is expected to give a mileage of about 20 kilometers per liter (50 miles to the gallon).

At Tata Motors’ Auto Expo exhibition space, business executives from companies ranging from BMW to Volkswagen to Suzuki (other-otc: SZKMF - news - people ) and Hyundai were spotted craning to get a better view of a vehicle that is priced at half the amount of the cheapest car on Indian roads currently.

A Japanese automobile executive who declined to be named conceded that the price would be “difficult to match.” The nearest competition is from Maruti Suzuki, whose automobiles now account for half the sales in India. Maruti, which also released new models at the exposition, said it would not cut prices or launch smaller cars to take on the Nano.

As Indians become wealthier, with the economy registering growth rates of around 9% for the third consecutive year now, Tata Motors (nyse: TTM - news - people ) is hoping its ambitious new launch will tap into the rising ranks of consumers looking to own a car. Automobile sales are expected to double to 2 million annually by 2010. Motorcycle and motorbike sales, by contrast, are experiencing decelerating growth.

At the Auto Expo’s Tata booth, housewife Simmi Sahani said the vehicle looked attractive at first glimpse. Sahani, whose hotelier husband already owns two cars, said she wouldn’t mind buying the Nano for her daughter. “She’s 16 now and learning driving. I’d like her to drive to school and later college.” But she wouldn’t want to take the vehicle out for long drives. “We’ll use the Nano for trips to the market or other places nearby, instead of a scooter.”
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Yeah, read about it on foxnews.com. Even if you were to get it exported here into the states it would probably still be expensive. Having to pay all the exporting fees. Man I would hate to get into any type of wreck in that car. That thing would accordian up.

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Looks a bit like the SMART car? Who makes the SMART car btw? Is it Chrystler?
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I don't know who makes the SMART, but to me it looks more like the Toyota Yaris. They make a two door that is identical to this car. Probably under $10k in the states.

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Re: World's Cheapest Car unveiled in India. TATA NANO $2500

At least a smart car you might win out if you hit a pedestrian. I think if you hit a pedestrian in this thing the pedestrian would win the contest.

I realize you can't always focus on safety, etc for dirt cheap transportation in a 3rd world country...but the vehicle looks and sounds like it really will be a death trap in any kind of accident. Those doors and pillars look paper thin...and I love the part about not even having rear seat belts.

Like I said, don't get me wrong cheap is good for those who have little money...but would an extra $500 have killed anyone to make it significantly safer, stronger pillars and frame, actual seat belts that sort of thing.
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No A/C in India?? I'll pass.


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Well for $2500k this car is gonna be stripped. Only gonna offer enough stuff to allow it to run. You're lucky it has seats and it doesn't offer milk crates.

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Re: World's Cheapest Car unveiled in India. TATA NANO $2500

:lmao:

sorry but i seriously lol'd at that last pic.. it looks like a prius had sex with an egg.

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[quote author=*txmica3* link=topic=99434.msg1982438#msg1982438 date=1199980572]
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sorry but i seriously lol'd at that last pic.. it looks like a prius had sex with an egg.
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The front is a total Prius knock off! So is the emblem. Good thing it will never drive on US streets.

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Looks a bit like the SMART car? Who makes the SMART car btw? Is it Chrystler?
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LoL,

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