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India’s Tata Motors unveils $2,500 car

January 10th, 2008 . by TexasFred

NEW DELHI - India’s Tata Motors on Thursday unveiled the world’s cheapest car, bringing new mobility within the reach of tens of millions of people and nightmares to environmentalists, traffic engineers and safety advocates.

Company Chairman Ratan Tata, introducing the Nano price tag $2,500 during India’s main auto show, drove onto a stage in a white version of the tiny four-door subcompact, his head nearly scraping the roof.

With a snub nose and a sloping roof, it can fit five people  if they squeeze. And the basic version is spare: there’s no radio, no passenger-side mirror and only one windshield wiper. If you want air conditioning to cope with India’s brutal summers, you need to get the deluxe version.

But it’s cheap. The Nano’s closest competitor here is the Maruti 800, a four-door that sells for nearly twice as much.

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I don’t know about anyone else but this really brought back memories of an oil crisis several years ago, some of you may remember it and how it spawned so many little cheapo cars, some that were so pitifully underpowered that they couldn’t get out of their own way…

Well, here we go again, I’d love to see one of these hideous looking things on I-635 at rush hour, someone in a Hummer or a Suburban would have it for a hood ornament, and ya gotta admit, it’ll make spotting libbers even easier when motoring around this fair nation…

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10 Responses to “India’s Tata Motors unveils $2,500 car”

  1. comment number 1 by: FHB

    I was gonna say, remember the Yugo? I just think about all those old beaters being towed down to Mexico on I-35 every day and wonder what the hell is goin’ on with them. Then I hear that the Chinese are gonna start sellin’ cars here soon.. The Great Wall brand.

  2. comment number 2 by: Jenn

    They have even smaller cars than htis in England. But over there people just drive normal, not like they are all little Mario Andretti’s on crack in massive SUV’s.

    So it’s no problem to have a car that has about 2 hamster’s in a wheel power.

  3. comment number 3 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    You think gas is expensive now? Just wait until a BILLION of these fuckers are driving around in India and China (because, after all, the Chinese will COPY this car as they do everything else), their tanks requiring filling. We had BEST get OFF the gas nipple ASAP — unless, of course, we don’t all mind walking or riding horses again.


  4. comment number 4 by: Kate

    Tata? I’m zippin’ my lips!

  5. comment number 5 by: TexasFred

    Why Kate?? If ya buy 2 of em, you’ll have a SET of Tata’s, BIG, new, shiny Tata’s, and a lot cheaper than the Tata’s some gals buy at a doctors office…

  6. comment number 6 by: Nunoftheabove

    Nova - Spanish translation “not going”

    Yugo - Short for you go nowhere

    Tata - What you can kiss goodbye if you hit anything larger than a armadillo in that thing.

    Hey but the gas mileage is great because it isn’t regulated by the EPA or Kyota

    I’m keeping my donkeys…in case I need affordable transportation soon.

  7. comment number 7 by: TexasFred

    I can see a world of possibilities for sexual harassment in daily conversations concerning the new Tata…

    Hey Lady, nice Tata…

    Can I touch your Tata?

    I can see your Tata…

    Biggest Tata I ever saw…

    Can I sit on your Tata?

    How often you gotta wash that Tata??

    Was that Tata a ’special order’??

    How many can ya get in that Tata??

    I ain’t buying a Tata I ain’t ‘drove’ yet…

    Get your Tata on the back of this Harley, we’re goin’ for a ride…

    Things have sure been a lot better now that the wife got her a new Tata…

  8. comment number 8 by: Kate


  9. comment number 9 by: BobF

    Can you imagine being in one of these and getting hit by an 18 wheeler?

  10. comment number 10 by: Kate

    Bug on a windshield! SPLAT!