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Old 03-24-2009, 08:53 PM
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Thats a pretty good review. Drum brakes all round is VERY worrying though. Do disc brakes really cost that much. Be interesting to see how it copes in a crash though, i imagine its not much good as the front seat passengers sit right at the front of the body shell
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:53 AM
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Thats a pretty good review. Drum brakes all round is VERY worrying though. Do disc brakes really cost that much. Be interesting to see how it copes in a crash though, i imagine its not much good as the front seat passengers sit right at the front of the body shell
Well, as the indian versions do merly 65mph, drum brakes, though not very modern, should do the job. I'm sure Euro version with ABS and ESP will have at least discs at the front.

And passaengers sittitng at the front of the body shell can be found in a smart, too, and still it is a safe car. The size of a crumple zone is not as important as the design of it (anyone remeber Brillance BS6?). Given that Tata constructs the Nano's front crumple zione at the same level as Smart, I see no worries.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:01 PM
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Has anyone bothered noting here that despite "launching" the Nano yesterday, Tata will not actually begin making deliveries until after the factory has been completed (due to be "up and running next year")? Even then, the supposed eventual capacity of the plant--coupled with extreme demand--will likely leave a multiple-year waiting list for the car. And Autocar reports that even at full capacity "experts estimate the car will not create enough revenue to refinance by June a 1.3bn bridging loan Tata used to buy Land Rover and Jaguar from Ford." They add that it will likely be 5 or 6 years before Tata sees a dime of profit from this car. It's worth mentioning here, obviously, that super-savvy Mr. Tata is now begging the UK government for a JLR bailout.

Seems that Tata's got its hands full.
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:21 PM
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Crash Test
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First Tata Nano delivered to customer in Mumbai
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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...

Phew!;p
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https://www.carscoops.com/2018/07/wo...lls-plug-nano/

Given how an ambitious project the Tata Nano was, and how much talk there had been, it#s also remarkable how soon it was forgotten again, and now finally it is dead, after sales - that never took of to begin with - went from 275 pieces last June to 1 this month. Yes, one, in a market with over a billion customers, where pricing is key;

I guess it goes to show that even the poorest customers expect a certain level of "minimum qualities" of a car, and the Nano, despite being added with many features later, never managed to deliver that; Also, despite the plans to go global, that also never happened...
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The deathblow to this ridiculous concept was : can someone shopping this low of a pricepoint afford the maintenance and upkeep of it ? And if one could, you are right and they would check out the used market for a Trabant.
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