Thank you LamboMan for that statement you made, my BP was on a total rise reading all the posts and comments of people who know their politics and buisness news even lesser than how much they know their cars. Before I come to the Nano, (sorry mods for deviating a little, but I need to say this)...enough of looking at India as an underfed nation of wannabes. Because thats not what we are. We are a nation to be feared and a nation that has stood strong from the very beginning. The Indian empire was one of the glorious regions of the world...with some of the main trading ports and cities...the foreigners cheated their way in...and we threw them out...not by brute force but by peace. Oh, and about the poor an rich, yes, India has a line called the poverty line, and yes indeed there is a huge group under that line, but, please note that that group is shrinking faster than even those in the Americas or European nations and...Indian companies are buying up almost everything that was considered above us. India is today, the largest steel manufacturer in the world today, soon will be the biggest automotive power, space power...and anything that the developed nations take for granted. Oh yeah...did you hear about the new satellite India launched, well quite a few of tehse so called developed nations paid money for a seat for their satellite too, and they paid much less than they would have paid the NASA or ESA and we didnt manage to blow it up either.
Back to the Nano...
The Nano costs low does not mean that its a cheap car! Tata developed cost saving measures to reduce costs. One of the greatest costs in car building is the transportation of raw materials like steel. Tata solved the problem by setting up the factory in an apt location and a zone for the suppliers so it reduces costs. They used a single frame plastic interior instead of seperate parts to help control costs. These are the few I know, there are for sure more effective cost saving measures.
And about its 12inch wheels and safety issues,
This statement was made by Autocar:
"The Tata Nano has passed current European front and side impact standard crash tests.
The £1800 economy car was subjected to tests at the MIRA test centre last week under the supervision of an inspector from Britain’s Vehicle Certification Authority.'
Please enlighten yorselves here: http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsAr...a-Nano/241500/
Oh..and yeah, I have no doubts that it will get the 4-star rating its looking for.
And someone was talking about crash testing the Nano with a Hummer?...
Wow...I thought people in the CSS thought before they talked.
What do you say, crash test the Hummer with one of Tata's Trucks??...eh...then we can see who needs to wash away som HUMdust...quite comparable the 2 too...sizes...and I bet the truck may even give better fuel eco...
No wonder, that a friend of mine working at a call centre told me that a caller from one of these developed countries asked him why his microwave oven was not working anymore after he tried drying his underwear in it. Now I can understand...
Superfresa...the Nano will take som time to come to Australia...but it will for sure...but most probably in the Europa version..which is much better than the yuck looking...look-at-me-look-at-me iQ!
Thanx for all those who supported this noble endeavor by Tata, for it is indeed a revolutionary thing to do. Its mighty easy, atleast easier, to slap a huge engine, all leathers and panaromic roofs and widescreens and paste a larger than life price sticker for the car tahn building a car that transports people safely for an economical price and maintenance scale.
Oh and one last thing, about the country thats going on with the Nano, we are also one of the most oldest and biggest customers of Rolls Royce, Bentleys, lamborghinis,ferarris etc...the class of cars that you seem to blatantly call developed country people's toys and tiaras...