• Jan 9, 2008
With less than a day to go before Tata unveils its much-hyped $2,500 "people's car," one of the automaker's Indian rivals, Bajaj Auto, has unveiled a vehicle with a similar purpose. The concept, which was designed and built in India, will be produced under the Nissan/Renault/Bajaj alliance and should retail for around $3,000. The budget car's body might be different when it reaches production, but the running gear, steering, brakes and engine is pretty much set in stone. Other versions will be produced in the coming years sporting Nissan and Renault badges with bodywork to match each of those automakers' lineups.
While a $500 sticker over Tata's ultra-low cost conveyance isn't much, the bigger hurdle for Bajaj is getting production sorted out. Tata intends to begin production of its vehicle within the next eight months, while Bajaj might have to wait a full two years before its bargain-basement whip hits the streets.

[Source: Economic Times]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      There are plenty of poor people in China, India, and elsewhere who can't afford to pay more for a car, new or used. As of the time of this writing, within 50 miles of Detroit, there are over 500 vehicles being offered for sale for less than $3000, according to cars.com. Does that mean Detroiters and Americans in general are cheap? Or does logic and common sense not apply in racial bias?
      • 7 Years Ago
      To aman @ Jan 9th 2008 7:08PM:
      There are plenty of poor people in China, India, and elsewhere who can't afford to pay more for a car, new or used. As of the time of this writing, within 50 miles of Detroit, there are over 500 vehicles being offered for sale for less than $3000, according to cars.com. Does that mean Detroiters and Americans in general are cheap? Or does logic and common sense not apply in racial bias?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Most people (especially americans) don't understand the real concept behind such a "car". The target market of both the $2.500 Tata and the $3.000 Bajaj in NOT the typical auto buyer like you and me, but instead the autoricksaw (open motorized 3-wheeler) and maybe motorcycles ones.

        Complete families travel daily on these vehicles, so even if the Tata and the Bajaj don't have the "expected" creature conforts and safety regulations, these "cars" are a HUGE leap forward.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Bajaj claims a fuel economy of 35KMPL which is twice than any car sold in USA. If you're concerned about pollution, go complain to the American manufacturers.

      PS. Do some research before you make a judgment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I DONT KNOW ABOUT THE REST OF YOU BUT I DELIVER PIZZA AND THIS CAR WOULD PAY FOR ITSELF IN EIGHT MONTHS I WOULD RATHER HAVE THAT MONEY IN MY POCKET THAN THE OIL COMPANYS.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a better family vehicle than a moped!

      (Yes, I've been there.)
      • 7 Years Ago
      All I can say is, it does not LOOK bad for a $3000 car. I was expecting a 1980's styled car but this is much better!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know huh, It's almost like an inexpensive version of a mercedes A Class, It is certainly more comfy in the monsoon season than a Bajaj scooter with only slightly less flair!
      • 7 Years Ago
      and they say the Chinese are cheap. HA!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nobody said the Chinese are cheap. They are copy cats!!

        What exactly is wrong with a cheap car? Not everyone in the world can afford a luxury barge. If it gets its intended job done, more power to them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      talk about a deal!!!!!


      that would kill u literaly
      • 7 Years Ago
      I cant wait to see one of these bombing down the road I think it would be even more priceless then seeing the smart cars and I get a good laugh at one of those flying around, I dont know why but I just do!
      • 7 Years Ago
      500 isn't much of a difference to us Americans, but I am sure it is a world of difference to most people in India, where call center workers (which are considered well-payed) make less than 10/day. That's like a 4-5k difference in American buying power.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The true reason this will never be sold in the states: put 4 Americans in that car and it won't go forward.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why does selling in the US matter anymore? India and China (as another example) have easily 4x the population of the US each with economies that are growing faster than the US. There were 6.5 million cars sold in China in 2007, almost half the volume of the US already and gaining. The US is going into a recession.
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