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TATA launches worlds cheapest car

OMG the worlds cheapest car looks really good!

Interior shots: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...a-nano-21.html

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OMG the worlds cheapest car looks really good!
Thats a joke, right?
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Thats a joke, right?
It cost's 1250 at that price it's stunning...
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I'm hugely impressed by what TATA have managed to create for the price! I'll admit that, personally, I don't like the front bumper on it (looks a bit eighties IMO) but otherwise it's got a nice look and it's not a Smart Car clone like the Chinese ripoff they're trying to flog in Europe. A perfect little car for the third world...and a possible cultural icon in the making like the VW Beetle, the Mini and even the Trabant!
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I think Sir Alec Issigonnis would be intrigued. This is incredible for the money and shows what can be done with a clean sheet of paper and a little imagination.

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I'm impressed. For 1250 that really is quite good.

Take a close look at it - mark my words, this is next years CityJaguar.
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heh, shouldn't that be CityFox or CityPuss?

or even better - CityKitty.

I don't know if 'Stunning' is how I'd describe it, but for the price its pretty good! For India its perfect to try and get people off the bikes and into something a bit safer!

You also wouldn't have to worry about depreciation with it, it'll probably have the best depreciation performance of any car!

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It looks very... Cheap!
1250 certainly does look cheap for what you are getting. Certainly not the golf buggy I was expecting.

It is reportedly 54mpg, Euro IV emission compliant, 75mph max speed (probably with a tailwind), supposedly crash resistant to current European standards, reasonably spacious etc. It is half the price of the next cheapest car in the world (which has similar specs). It is an absolute masterpiece of cost engineering.

If they complies with regulations, at this price they will sell like hot cakes in any country as an urban runabout or second car for the school and shopping run.
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1250 certainly does look cheap for what you are getting. Certainly not the golf buggy I was expecting.

It is reportedly 54mpg, Euro IV emission compliant, 75mph max speed (probably with a tailwind), supposedly crash resistant to current European standards, reasonably spacious etc. It is half the price of the next cheapest car in the world (which has similar specs). It is an absolute masterpiece of cost engineering.

If they complies with regulations, at this price they will sell like hot cakes in any country as an urban runabout or second car for the school and shopping run.

So it's safer than the Rover 100..... kind of put's things into context doesn't it? Also I still say it's stunning compared to an Axiam, Chinese Smart car rip off, etc.....
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So it's safer than the Rover 100..... kind of put's things into context doesn't it? Also I still say it's stunning compared to an Axiam, Chinese Smart car rip off, etc.....
I agree 100%. This is incredible for the money.

Now add some airbags, some electrics, an uprated engine and you could very conceivably have a reasonably desirable car on sale in the UK for under 4k. Run it on bio-ethanol and why would anyone opt for a G Wiz?

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The Chinese 'smart car rip off' thats on sale in the EU, is vastly different to the Smart car, its better in some places as well!

Still wouldnt buy one though

The TATA thing is awful.
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sadly a few makers have tried to price cars up for the uk market for less than 5k but the government put a block on them.

i doubt if you'd see those here for 1250.

bet they nicked wheelie bin wheels for those cars hehe

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The TATA thing is awful.
But better than anything China is making in that priice bracket or even close to it...
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sadly a few makers have tried to price cars up for the uk market for less than 5k but the government put a block on them.
How did they do that? If it meets regulations, how could it be blocked?
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How did they do that? If it meets regulations, how could it be blocked?
I thought the Perodua Nippa and the Suzuki Alto both came in at under 5k?

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The Chinese 'smart car rip off' thats on sale in the EU, is vastly different to the Smart car, its better in some places as well!

Still wouldnt buy one though

The TATA thing is awful.
Do you have a link to the website?

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For India its perfect to try and get people off the bikes and into something a bit safer!

You also wouldn't have to worry about depreciation with it, it'll probably have the best depreciation performance of any car!
But in India, its safer to be on a bike than in a car like that9tatanano).
Car there gives you a sense of safety and security and tatanano is not worth that.
Personnaly, I'll feel safe to ride a bike in India than driving that car.
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maruti 800 seems far better and safer.
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Look to me to be a bargain. But then again the CityRover was not that bad.

Thing you have to remember is cars can be made cheap is other cars use the same stuff, I can see plenty of Indica/CityRover stuff in there. It's called economics of scale.

As for safty, we dont know how safe it is. All we know is it's meets European Safty standards. Thats not a crash test result. However Tata do have a state of the art crash center so I would be on it been pretty good as the Indica fared well also.

Would I buy one. If I am in need of a cheap car for city use and i'm not to bothered about my extra's then why not. The worst thing is taking your pride and joy to the local supermarket and comming back to see a scraped bumper or a dinged door. So why not get a cheap car like this and let it take all the nocks and bumps.

You can't expect it to be worth anything come re-sale time but as it only cost's a small amount you cant have everything.
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For that price, who wouldn't buy one???

Love hows its just got one wing mirror, Ive never seen such small wheels.
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