Friday, October 14, 2011

The cheapest car. Only $2500?

Obviously, it is the most common question of car buyers. Reports say Tata Motors today took the covers off the world’s cheapest car — the Nano
Photo-1: Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Motors,displaying the Nano in New Delhi on January,7 2008.(Photo by Money Sharma/EPA

Since 2007, Tata has been building hype for a car that would cost a mere 100,000 rupees (roughly $2,500) and bring automotive transportation to the mainstream Indian population. It has been nicknamed the “People’s Car.” Over the course of the New Delhi Auto Expo in January, 2008, anticipation had grown to fever pitch. With the theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey” playing, Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Motors drove the small white bubble car onto Tata’s show stage, where it joined two others. “They are not concept cars, they are not prototypes,” Mr. Tata announced when he got out of the car. “They are the production cars that will roll out of the Singur plant later this year.” The four-door Nano is a little over 10 feet long and nearly 5 feet wide. It is powered by a 623cc two-cylinder engine at the back of the car. With 33 horsepower, the Nano is capable of 65 miles an hour. Its four small wheels are at the absolute corners of the car to improve handling. There is a small trunk, big enough for a duffel bag. “Today, we indeed have a People’s Car, which is affordable and yet built to meet safety requirements and emission norms, to be fuel efficient and low on emissions,” Mr. Tata added. “We are happy to present the People’s Car to India and we hope it brings the joy, pride and utility of owning a car to many families who need personal mobility.” The base price for the Nano will be 120,000 rupees, including road tax and delivery. Higher level models will cost more and come with air-conditioning. Sun visors and radios are extra. The nearest priced competitor is the Maruti 800, which costs roughly twice as much as the Nano. In comparing the Nano to the Maruti 800, Mr. Tata said, “It is 8 percent smaller — bumper to bumper — and has 21 percent larger seating capacity than Maruti 800.” The Hindustan Times reports reactions from a couple of Tata’s competitors, Maruti and Hyundai: Jagdish Khattar, a former head of Maruti 800 manufacturer Maruti Udyog Ltd., says it’s too early to say whether the Nano will overtake the original. “It’s a good product but it’s still too early to say whether it will overtake the 800 because it caters to a totally new market segment,” he said while watching a live telecast of Tata’s press conference after unveiling of the Nano. But clearly, at least one other manufacturer was worried. An official of Hyundai Motors, which unveiled an LPG version of its Santro Thursday, was more circumspect. “We definitely see it as impacting our sales,” he said in halting English, preferring to maintain anonymity. Anand Mahindra, managing director for Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors’ primary competitor, said before the unveiling, “I think it’s a moment of history and I’m delighted an Indian company is leading the way.”  Tata says “it will offer the Nano in other emerging markets in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa within four years.”
Photo 2: The Tata Nano could sell for around $2,500.
(Photo by Raveendran/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)
 Tata Nano: Advantage and disadvantage
Tata Nano
Tata Nano can be called the people’s car, car which middle class person can dream of and great engineering marvel from TATA. It is the cheapest car out in industry. Tata Nano avaliable to US by 2011 with $2300 price tag. Well what one can expect from 2300$ car even a second hand sport bike cost much more than that. Well it may sound exciting that company tata motors would provide full factory and service support, spare parts availability service etc. With 3 year warrenty, well i don’t know about US but its sure for ASIA. Well the car is also reliable it meet the EU crash norms. The only plastics you will find on the car’s exterior are the bumpers and  trim bits, else is sheet metal.
Easy to drive, with less turning radius and easy to park.
Looks cute and good styling with large  interior space.
Fuel economy 61.1 mpg (US), 73.3 mpg (UK)
Lower overall pollution level than two wheelers
Price $2300
Has a bit of odd sounding engine sound at idle.
Lack enough storage space and difficult to access boot, less legroom Disappointing interior plastic, stiff ride quality,
Lacking good Brakes With 33bhp @ 5250 rpm and 48nm of torque, too less Less option in more price would lead to extreme traffic specially in developing countries.
Specification Speed of Tata Nano: Top speed – 105kmph
Length: 3.1meters
Height: 1.6 meters
Width: 1.5 meters
Engine specifications for Tata Nano:
Rear-wheel drive
2-cylinder, 624 cc
33 bhp Multi point fuel injection petrol engine.
Engine is rear mounted.
Two cylinder petrol engine

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1 comment:

  1. It is true that Tata Nano is the world's famous car that really good for all middle class family who cannot afford costly cars. It is such a great car to buy which has great features and good interior design inside of the car. It's really good to a comfortable ride.

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