• Jan 10, 2008
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The unveiling today of the Tata Nano in India has caused quite a stir. The $2,500 micro car will officially become the world's cheapest production car when it goes on sale later this year, and we've actually been getting emails all day from people the world over asking how they can buy one.

We've got video of the Nano's live reveal at the 9th Auto Expo in New Delhi, and it was quite an event. Consider that the unveiling's soundtrack was the theme music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, a.k.a. "Also sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss. That's a pretty heavy score for such a small vehicle.

We've also added more pics to our gallery that show the Standard Nano and Luxury Nano from more angles, including our first view of the interior. We'll save you the suspense, it's spartan, very spartan. Don't expect XM and a navigation system to be offered in the Nano. As a matter of fact, it wouldn't be that hard to find an optional nav system on some luxury cars that cost more than the Nano itself.

Follow the jump to view video of Tato Nano being unveiled.

[Source: Tata Motors]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is what the original VW Bug was in the 1930s. It was a tiny piece of junk compared to the other cars of the day. But because it was so cheap it put whole new sectors of the population on wheels that could never afford a car before. I think we're going to see new global players like Tata emerge on the backs of these kinds of cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the gear shift looks, uh, "happy to see us."
        • 7 Years Ago
        OH burn!!! Beat you by like 5 seconds!
      • 5 Years Ago
      do you think the gov included $4.500 to tata nano cars
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man, at only $2500, imagine all the bling, rice, stereo, etc. you could put on this thing.

      Or for cheap bastards like me, think of what you'd save.

      But seriously, with a car like this, what's the point of a Smart car? This thing is smarter by far.
      • 7 Years Ago
      50-cent should put it in his next video and sing about them 8" dubz...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm going to check how much tax I'd need to pay... I want to import 10 of these things.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You want to become the most notorious serial killer ? You want people to drive toy cars ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      We are witnessing another Model-T moment.

      Great job Ratan Tata and his team of 500 engineers who achieved this in record time.

      This is perfect for South Asia, Africa and Latin America.

      Happy Birthday to 21st Century Model-T.

      Nano rocks ....

      • 7 Years Ago
      “Volkswagen ist nicht mehr der Wagen der Bevölkerung!”

      Pardon the Typo!
      • 7 Years Ago
      ....It's good for the people who needs a $2.500 car. I'm just worry about the ---Land rover and Jag...
      Make me feel so sad about these two brands under the company like Tata.
        • 7 Years Ago
        As opposed to the company that made such refined pedigrees as the Escort? Please...

        Jag and Land Rover have a nice name, pretty styling, mediocre performance for their respective classes, poor resale value and abysmal reliability. Both brands jumped the shark in the mid-seventies and haven't made any reasonable comeback since. Tata can't actually do much harm, considering how badly damaged both are.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Another moronic comment. Please do you think the Nano & XF would be made using the same materials? If you believe that go back to 1st grade. Tata group manages some of the biggest corporations in the world. Maybe some general knowledge should be a requirement before posting here!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        As opposed to the company that made such refined pedigrees as the Escort? Please...

        Jag and Land Rover have a nice name, pretty styling, mediocre performance for their respective classes, poor resale value and abysmal reliability. Both brands jumped the shark in the mid-seventies and haven't made any reasonable comeback since. Tata can't actually do much harm, considering how badly damaged both are.
        • 7 Years Ago
        well actually, Tata do know a thing or 2 about building tough vehicles, what do you think those trucks people drive in the himalayas are?
        anyway did you know tata is also the 5th lastest steel producer in the world (that must help cut some costs possibly).
        and tata is the worlds second largest tea producer (as in drinking tea).
        • 7 Years Ago
        ....To the people who belive that Tata will do a great job on land rover and jag...
        Let's waite 2 more years in this case. okay. And then we 'll see...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Johnny082 You made me laugh hard brother!
      • 7 Years Ago
      And a little tip here : make sure when you sell it to the buyers, don't tell them it is made of plastic, no welding, no airbags, and their family can be nanosized in a crash of 10 mph and slower than a 1986 Yugo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hi loner.
        Check the specs of this car. It is made of steel not plastic
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ever been to India?
      Famlies of four are on a singe motorcycle everwhere in dense traffic and highways.

      This car is not only much safer then that but much more comfortable for the famlies.

      And yes, I realize that by North American standards this car would pass zero safety tests.
      But for India this makes sense and I give my cudos to Tata.
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