Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Tata Nano - look out Smartcar!

Indian automaker Tata Motors successful Tata Nano may come to the United States roads soon enough. This mini-car is priced around $2500 with a base price of just $1980.

As expected, the car that Tata claims will change the face of not only the Indian car market, but the global auto industry will be a four door, five seat hatchback, powered by a 30 HP Bosch 624 cc four stroke engine mounted out back and mated to a CVT. That makes the Nano the first time a 2-cylinder gasoline engine will be used in a car with a single balancer shaft. The Nano's also expected to get 54 US miles per gallon.
"The Nano represents the spirit of breaking conventional barriers," said Tata Motors Chairman Ratan N Tata at a press conference. "From the drawing board to its commercial launch, the concept, development and production of the car has overcome several challenges. It is to the credit of the team at Tata Motors that a car once thought impossible by the world is now a reality."
The Nano made its first public appearance in January 2008 in New Delhi and has captured the world's interest despite being aimed primarily at the Indian market, where many people rely on motorcycles or animals as their only transportation. At just 10 feet long by 5 feet wide, the Nano is the world's smallest car, though it does provide accommodations for five passengers.
Though originally never conceived for the US market, officials have cited the financial crises as well as a general shift towards smaller cars as motivation for importing the Nano to American shores, possibly in the next couple of years. Considering that the Tata is affiliated throughout India with Fiat, in the States they are now a partner with Chrysler. An American Nano version or possibly a rebadged Nano with a Chrysler nameplate could be a distant possibility. 

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