May 25, 2008 Leave a comment
This car called the Tata Nano was unveiled in January this year. Made by Tata Motors in Mumbai it is a 5 door 4 passenger car. Now the company is looking at promising markets after being on the domestic market for a couple months.
I came across it following a story of a Cuban trade delegation to India.
What makes this car so cheap?. Well according to BBC News, it has no air conditioning, no power steering, no power windows, no air bag and the bodywork is made of sheet metal – which is basically aluminium - and plastic. The trunk is in the front and the engine in the rear according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Besides it has to be cheap in order for the average Indian family to own one. With oil prices skyrocketing over the $135 mark, the trend now in the automobile industry is producing smaller cars that are efficient and affordable yet with safety and quality in mind.
Great for the Indian car makers. I would have to pass on this one though. A bit too claustrophobic for me.
BBC Video – Tata Nano