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After the introduction of the Tata Nano, lots of people began wondering what is going to happen when a lot of people in developing countries have enough money to afford a cheap car. While Tata tried to alleviate concerns of the Nano-boom by saying that the Nano is cleaner than most motorbikes that are running on Indian roads right now, the truth is that low-cost motoring helps developing the car industry - and pollution. If you need examples, take a look at stories like of the Fiat 500 (the old one) in Italy, the VW Beetle in Germany; the Citroën 2CV or the Renault 4CV in France or, dare I say, the Ford Model T in the U.S.
So, what might the future of cheap driving look like? Forbes went around the world and found the ten cheapest cars on the market and we've gathered up information on each of these in the links below. Although it may be bad news to have more cars sending more exhaust gases to the atmosphere, at least current technologies (when implemented) make new cars better and cleaner than cars of past decades.

So, are the cars on this list good to the world or a threat to the environment?

What follows is a list of the 10 least expensive cars in the world, ranked from most expensive to least expensive. Alternatively, you can jump straight to the car of your choice by clicking one of the thumbnails below.




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Number 10
Built in Romania, Turkey, Brazil, India and even Iran, the Renault/ Dacia Logan was designed with low-cost and modern features in mind. This means it shares a lot with the Renault Clio/Modus and the Nissan Micra.
Renault/Dacia Logan: Romania/Turkey/Iran/Latin America. $9,477
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Number 9

Born in Brazil and built in other Latin American countries, as well as Poland, Morocco, Turkey, India, South Africa China and Russia (the sedan version), the Fiat Palio is truly a "world car." This car is one of the first models designed with emerging technologies in mind.

Fiat Palio. 5-door hatchback. "World-car." $9,242
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Number 8

Hyundai recently changed the names of its cars from actual words to numbers after the letter i. Because of this, the Atos, the smallest member of the Hyundai lineup, became the i10. It makes #8 on the list.
Hyundai i10. (The model that replaced the Atos) 5-door hatchback. South Korea. $9,096
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Number 7

The Indica has always been the ugly duckling in the European market, where it survives because there's nothing cheaper available (well, the latest Fiat 600 can sometimes be found for under 6,000 EUR). The car is also sold in South Africa, where it's a huge success.

Tata Indica: India. $8,500.
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Number 6

The A-1 looks like a competent subcompact and rumors are that it's going to be sold under the Dodge brand in Mexico. Nevertheless, it's Chery's partnership with Austrian company AVL that will be bringing the technology to make this car meet the Euro IV standards, something the environment should appreciate.

Chery A-1: 5-door hatchback. China. $7,340
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Keep reading for the 5 cheapest cars in the world...



[Source: Forbes, named manufacturers. Price calculated by Forbes depending on its sale price either in India or in China and then converted to USD. This means that prices, engine types and configurations may differ from this list depending on the country. Pictures here don't usually match the cheapest versions available.]


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      Frances
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll show this to my husband.
      • 2 Years Ago
      here in Malaysia,the cheapest car is around 40k for the minimum price! even for the local cars!
      ronwagn
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure wish we could buy these in the USA at those prices!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ronwagn
        the reason why you cant is because bmw, benz, gm, toyota, mitsubishi, honda, et al, own the u.s politicians, and make excuses such as "safety" to block imports from real competitors that will knock the existing car makers out of the market, and the established scammers (bmw, benz, gm, toyota, mitsubishi, honda) will have to lower their prices to compete, and greedy corporations such as (bmw, benz, gm, toyota, mitsubishi, honda) will never be willing to lose profits
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ronwagn
        the reason why you cant is because bmw, benz, gm, toyota, mitsubishi, honda, et al, own the u.s politicians, and make excuses such as "safety" to block imports from real competitors that will knock the existing car makers out of the market, and the established scammers (bmw, benz, gm, toyota, mitsubishi, honda) will have to lower their prices to compete, and greedy corporations such as (bmw, benz, gm, toyota, mitsubishi, honda) will never be willing to lose profits
      • 3 Years Ago
      But I don't think those cars are supported by a good safety system. They don't spend money on safety things. I mean those companies which they make those cheap cars. But anyhow.. some people are poor, they just need a car to do their works.
        • 7 Months Ago
        u can find the cheapest car In india thats bajaj just 80,000
        • 2 Years Ago
        burhan, you are sounding like a shill for the existing motor corporations that want to dominate the market
      • 2 Years Ago
      the hyundai doenst look that bad www.saandfiretech.blogspot.com
      Brinto
      • 2 Years Ago
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      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm an indian and i love nanos shape,its the best in hilly regions,,,but the most disappointing thing is that the engine is at the back and the dickey is in the front..however,i like it. i drive mercedes and its 30 lacs..skoda is 25 lacs and nano is just 1 lac!!!!!the car i dislike the most is hyundai.
      Thomas Rockford
      • 1 Year Ago
      Regarding to Nano - I wouldn't mind paying $5000 if it wasn't so ugly and had a little more "performance." I currently drive a 2001 lexus. I pay just $35/month to insure it from Insurance Panda, pay little to fill it up, and also never need to repair it. Now, that's a true cheap car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is not true.. cuz I know where you can find the cheapest car in the world. It is in Iraq, you can buy Toyota Corona made in 1981 or a Mitsubishi made in 1982 just by 500$. I remember few months ago, afriend of mine told me if I can change my I Phone 4G by two of those cars.
        • 2 Years Ago
        and now u sound like a shill doing an advert for apple
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here in Brazil all the new cars cost more than 20.000,00 dollars, no matter which!
        • 2 Years Ago
        Most of these cars in SA cost more than 2x what's quoted here and yet most of them are manufactured there.
        ronwagn
        • 3 Years Ago
        Must be taxes! Big government doings. We can buy at about $12,000 minimum here in the USA.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those cars look affordable ,I gotta buy one of them
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