World's cheapest car revealed: Tata Nano

Posted on Friday, 11 January 2008 , 17:01:42 byEmil

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World's cheapest car revealed: Tata Nano

The very expected world's cheapest car was finally revealed on the 10th of January, at the New Delphi Auto Expo. Three hours before the show time, the Indian automaker's chief, Ratan Tata, drove the highly-anticipated low cost car (2,500 dollars), named the Nano. The so called "people's car" will go on sale in India later this year and exports are planned within three years.

Regarding this matter, Mr. Ratan N.Tata declared: "I observed families riding on two-wheelers the father driving the scooter, his young kid standing in front of him, his wife seated behind him holding a little baby. It led me to wonder whether one could conceive of a safe, affordable, all-weather form of transport for such a family. Tata Motors' engineers and designers gave their all for about four years to realize this goal. 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. 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."

With a length of 3.1 meters, width of 1.5 meters and height of 1.6 meters, with adequate ground clearance, it can be effortlessly be maneuvered on busy roads in cities as well as in rural areas. Its mono-volume design, with wheels at the corners and the power train at the rear, enables it to uniquely combine both space and maneuverability, which will set a new benchmark among small cars.

The People's Car's safety performance exceeds current regulatory requirements. With an all sheet-metal body, it has a strong passenger compartment, with safety features such as crumple zones, intrusion-resistant doors, seat belts, strong seats and anchorages, and the rear tailgate glass bonded to the body. Tubeless tyres further enhance safety.The Nano is rear-drive with a rear gas engine, a 34-horsepower 623cc aluminum twin-cylinder. Tata says the Nano, available in standard or "deluxe" trim, achieves fuel economy of about 50 mpg. However, it meets only Euro III emissions standards, which are up to four years behind current European regulations. Both versions will offer a wide range of body colors, and other accessories so that the car can be customized to an individual's preferences.

Cornell University-trained architect who personally helped design the Nano, Ratan Tata had long vowed he would develop a car cheap enough so Indians could trade their motorbike in for one."A promise is a promise, and that's what we'd like to leave you with," Ratan Tata said at the conclusion of the press conference.

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