• 03-22-2009, 01:21 PM
    Smokey
    India unveiled $2000 Nano Car.
    Tata Motors of India said it will launch its ultra-cheap Nano car in Mumbai on Monday, with a price tag of 100,000 rupees ($2,050). It is 10.2 feet long, has one windshield wiper, a 33 horsepower rear mounted (2 Cylinder) engine, 4 speed manual transmission and a 4 gallon gas tank. Radio is extra :D

    If this car becomes available in U.S., I probably would buy one for $2000 price tag.

    Here are some photos:

    http://chandrakantha.com/articles/in..._tata-nano.jpg
    http://www.dancewithshadows.com/auto...or-photo-3.jpg
    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_yfNllx-5FDQ/R4...1DEL15_RTR.jpg
    http://www.tata-nano-car-booking.inf...car-engine.jpg
    http://www.redlineblog.com/autos/wp-...o-luxury-2.jpg
  • 03-22-2009, 02:09 PM
    ForeverAutumn
    Cute car but those tires wouldn't even make it out my driveway in the winter.
  • 03-22-2009, 02:58 PM
    Smokey
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn
    Cute car but those tires wouldn't even make it out my driveway in the winter.

    Would any tires make it in Canadian winter :hand:

    http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto...-main_Full.jpg
  • 03-22-2009, 03:49 PM
    audio amateur
    That's a lot of snow!
  • 03-22-2009, 05:55 PM
    JohnMichael
    I love microcars. I want a Smart Car. I love my Toyota Echo. While working I have to drive a Buick Park Avenue. I keep waiting for the tugboats to help guide me out of the garage because that is a big old boat.
  • 03-22-2009, 06:00 PM
    topspeed
    Don't hold your breath. The Nano doesn't come close to passing NA safety standards. For $2K, I'd feel a lot safer on a used motorcycle.
  • 03-22-2009, 06:32 PM
    Rich-n-Texas
    Those cars would be flattened in seconds on the freeways here. If ya ain't doin' 70 mph ya better just stay home. :yikes:
  • 03-22-2009, 06:35 PM
    Rich-n-Texas
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Smokey
    Would any tires make it in Canadian winter :hand:

    http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto...-main_Full.jpg

    GAWD I SOOOO don't miss that crap!!! :nonod:

    Hey Festus, how's Nurse Ratchett doing? I haven't inquired about her recently, ya know? :biggrin5:
  • 03-22-2009, 07:40 PM
    atomicAdam
    I don't think that thing is amerian road safe. But I could see in packed streets of india or other asian countries how that little thing would be awesome.
  • 03-22-2009, 07:46 PM
    RoadRunner6
    That Nano runs on a mixture of canola oil and curry.

    I call the Smart Car the Dumb car. It costs as much as an entry level Honda Civic and is not even close to being competitive in performance, safety and resale value. It gets only a little better gas mileage. Why would anyone buy one? The Toyota Echo makes a lot of sense.
  • 03-23-2009, 04:12 AM
    Luvin Da Blues
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn
    Cute car but those tires wouldn't even make it out my driveway in the winter.

    If you purchase the optional strap, you could use it for a purse when your not driving it. Just think, never have to look for parking again.
  • 03-23-2009, 05:29 PM
    Smokey
    I agree with the all shortcomings stated with this car, but if safety issues are addressed (which probably add another $1k), IMO there is market for this type of car in US for that price range. Anybody that live and work in city limit could be a potential customer. Just make it illegal for freeway commute.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rich-n-Texas
    Hey Festus, how's Nurse Ratchett doing? I haven't inquired about her recently, ya know? :biggrin5:

    To tell you the truth, she had gain weight during last few months. We all keep suggesting that she jog thru Central Park around midnight’s http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies2/thumbsup.gif
  • 03-23-2009, 07:33 PM
    Kevio
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by topspeed
    Don't hold your breath. The Nano doesn't come close to passing NA safety standards..

    I think emissions standards are another reason you won't be seeing these in North America.
  • 03-24-2009, 04:42 AM
    Rich-n-Texas
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Smokey
    I agree with the all shortcomings stated with this car, but if safety issues are addressed (which probably add another $1k), IMO there is market for this type of car in US for that price range. Anybody that live and work in city limit could be a potential customer. Just make it illegal for freeway commute.

    I see one or two "Smart" cars around here once-in-a-while. Sorry, them things just look too unsafe from a crash survival POV.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Festus
    To tell you the truth, she had gain weight during last few months. We all keep suggesting that she jog thru Central Park around midnight’s http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies2/thumbsup.gif

    :lol: I don't think any robber or rapist would come anywhere near that woman for fear of being labotomized. :yikes:
  • 03-24-2009, 10:14 AM
    topspeed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RoadRunner6
    I call the Smart Car the Dumb car. It costs as much as an entry level Honda Civic and is not even close to being competitive in performance, safety and resale value. It gets only a little better gas mileage. Why would anyone buy one?

    Truth



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Smokey
    I agree with the all shortcomings stated with this car, but if safety issues are addressed (which probably add another $1k), IMO there is market for this type of car in US for that price range. Anybody that live and work in city limit could be a potential customer. Just make it illegal for freeway commute.

    You can't just slap $1K worth of airbags on the thing and proclaim it crash worthy. The car would have to be re-engineered from the ground up to meet DOT crash worthiness.

    More to the point, I sincerely doubt there is a market for a car like this. While our urban congestion is bad, we've got nothing on India. Look at the quote above and there's your answer. With the sheer amount of choices available to car buyers, it would be tough to make a business case for this wannabe car when there are so many real cars on the market.
  • 03-24-2009, 10:31 AM
    Rich-n-Texas
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by topspeed
    Truth

    Squish!!!

    :eek6: