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Old 01-11-2008, 02:14 PM
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Wow! With a car with so many patents, maybe they should put a leaper on the hood and call it the XY or XZ or something.
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Old 01-11-2008, 04:13 PM
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What's interesting about the Tata NANO is that the vehicle could be an experiment to develop lower-cost technologies to build bigger cars. What is learned from the NANO project could lead the way for Tata to in the future build larger vehicles with higher EuroNCAP and NHTSA safety ratings--probably powered by fuel-cell or advanced battery power--specifically for export to Europe or even the USA at very low cost. After all, we all laughed when Hyundai first sold cars in the USA with the Excel model, but look at what Hyundai sells in 2008--nice, well-equipped, decently reliable, and reasonably affordable vehicles that can take on almost any auto company in the world.

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Old 01-11-2008, 09:19 PM
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A very good article here from Car Magazine, which gives an insight into how this car could be a huge milestone in the Indian Auto market, and beyond....

Tata Nano
By John Sootheran

Shove over a bit Henry Ford, Ferry Porsche and Alec Issigonis, because as of this morning there's a new entrant for the People's Car Hall of Fame.

The first day of the Indian Auto Expo 2008 in Delhi, saw Ratan N Tata (yes, the fella who's leading the bid for Jaguar and Land Rover) reveal his much vaunted 'one lakh' car (that's 100,000 rupees or a measly 1300).

Despite being the Chairman and CEO of one of the world's biggest corporations, Ratan Tata admits to being a nervous presenter, so much so, that the initial information was presented by his hologram! When he did appear, it was behind the wheel of one of three 'one lakh' cars being driven onto the stage. The 3000-strong audience of press and VIPs went beserk amid scenes of euphoria last witnessed at the Clinton comeback in New Hampshire. With no spy shots to whet our tastebuds, this was the first time anyone outside Tata had seen the car, and the crowd was loving it.

Tata Nano: the inspiration

Tata has christened his baby Nano, and revealed that his company has been working on the project for four years, after he saw a family of four travelling in the rain on a single moped. 'I wanted to provide Indian families with an all-weather means of safe transport,' he says, and you get the sense that he really did build this car for the people. To be fair, at 1300, it's unlikely to be for the profit.

Tata's detractors were expecting a canvas roof and three wheels, but what the Indian company has achieved for the money is quite spectacular. With steel chassis, plastic body panels and glass windows, the Nano meets India's frontal and off-set crash test regulations. The rear-mounted 623cc two-cylinder petrol engine produces 33bhp with a single balancer shaft, oxidation catalytic converter, Bosch multi-point fuel injection. A four-speed manual transmission delivers 50mpg and meets Euro III and IV emissions regulations. 'It's been driven the length and breadth of India,' adds Tata, 'and we've had it up to 105km/h (65mph).'

Small on the outside (3.1m long x 1.5m wide x 1.6m high), but big on the inside, the Nano is nowhere near as ugly as the price might suggest, and some might even consider it cute. A deluxe model is planned which will feature air-conditioning and more luxurious interiors. These of course will cost more, and Tata hints that profit will only come from these more expensive variants. Of the one-lakh price point he says: 'I made a promise and the challenge has been to keep that promise amid rising steel and oil prices.'

Tata Nano: how they'll build it

Production of the Nano will begin in the second half of the year at a purpose-built facility in West Bengal. Until recently the site was underwater, following a flood, but construction has recommenced and Tata believes the plant will churn out 250,000-350,000 units a year. As part of the cost-cutting exercise, 35 parts suppliers have moved into the same complex, reducing transport costs and time delays dramatically.

The car, which has 34 patents registered on it, will be sold in India for two or three years before Tata look at selling it in Africa, Latin America and S.E Asia. The possibility of a global distribution tie-up with Fiat seems strong.

Ratan Tata admits the one lakh price point is the dealer cost, and VAT and delivery charges have to be added. But at under 1500 on your drive, Tata and co. have created the world's lowest-cost car and for good or bad that could change the transport choice for millions of people worldwide.


SOURCE: http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/Se...res/Tata-Nano/
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:47 PM
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Alloy wheels, fog lights, sports grilles and racing stripes aren’t extras you expect on the cheapest car in the world, but if you order one of the just-announced Tata Nanos through Tata’s launch website for the car, it seems, you can have ‘em.

Potential customers can option-up their dream Nano at www.tatapeoplescar.com. Ours, as you can see, has Ink Blue paint, a black sports scoop, a silver Gordini-style roof stripe, radial spoke alloy wheels, fog lamps and coloured covered seats. Nice.

There’s no indication yet as to how much these options might add to the car’s 1300 price tag, but for such a majestic-looking motor car, whatever it is has to be a price worth paying.
Kind of defeats the object really doesn't it?! LOL.
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Old 01-11-2008, 11:25 PM
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I still see the resemblence to Stan Mott's Cyclops cartoon/comic series once printed in Road & Track.
I also feel it's a good milestone in India's market to achieve basic affordable transportation ot the masses.
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:25 AM
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some more pics guys

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Old 01-12-2008, 08:05 AM
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Was someone asking how big the wheels are earlier in this thread?

Well, they are 12inchers! Same size as a Vinyl Record lol.

Found it out from this article, by TOPGEAR.com...

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So Jaguar's in safe hands, then. This is the Tata Nano, the new super-affordable car from the company widely expected to buy Jaguar and Land Rover in the next few weeks.

Dubbed the 'lakh' car - from the colloquial Indian word for 1,000,000 rupees, which equates to about 1,250 - the Nano delivers on Ratan Tata's pledge to build an ultra-cheap car for the Indian market.

The world's cheapest, in fact - the Nano is being marketed as an alternative to the scooters and tuk-tuks that most Indians use to get around. Shorter than a Mitsubishi i but using a similar monoboxed, rear-engined layout, it's no exaggeration to say that the Nano could transform subcontinental motoring. Be afraid.

So what do you get for the price of a sofa? Not a lot, in honesty. The Nano is powered by a two-cylinder engine, which develops a mighty 32bhp. Driving the rear wheels, it'll see the Nano to 44mph in 14 seconds (why 44mph, we're not sure) and on to a top speed of around 66mph. It'll manage around 57mph, too.

Luxuries? Not many, as you might have guessed. Twelve-inch wheels come as standard along with, erm, a steering wheel, four seats and perhaps even some suspension. A radio is an optional extra.

Concerns have been voiced about the Nano's environmental impact and safety standards, but Tata claims that it has been 'built to meet safety requirements and emissions norms, to be fuel efficient and low on emissions'.

Mild obfuscation, perhaps, but Tata also says that the Nano's safety performance 'exceeds regulatory requirements'. Exactly what those requirements are remain unclear, but at least the Nano should be safer than a scooter. Or, say, hopping.

Tata is yet to announce whether the Nano will go on sale outside of India, but we reckon it could be just the entry-level Jaguar to attract young penniless reprobates to the brand. Perhaps not.
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u sure ? I never said like it, I said similar. If youre not from India you wouldnt know, our car mags are full of snippets of all the big boys taking notice and bringing their own small cars, similar in price to India and the world. follow the link and read the story. http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/...issan-3k_N.htm
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Old 01-12-2008, 10:06 PM
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12" wheels, I figured so. At first I thought they were 10", like the original Mini had, as well as the first Honda 600 coupes which came to the USDM first in MY1971; tiny rides with 600 cubic centimeter 2-cylinder engines, and, of course, 10" wheels. The older Honda Civics from the 70s and 80s, particularly the base models, had 12" wheels. The Nano's wheels look a little larger than 10-inchers.

Vinyl record reference: that reminds me of the Areosmith track from "Toys in the Attic", Big Ten-Inch-Record (of the Band that Plays the Blues).
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Old 01-13-2008, 05:54 AM
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u sure ? If you are not from India or in India you wouldnt know, but our Automotive mags are full of stories from all the big boys who sat up and took notice of what Tata has done. Here is a snippet from Nissan. http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/...issan-3k_N.htm
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