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Even when you (intend to) make the cheapest brand-new car in the world, you can't escape an economic downturn. Global jitters and year-end hemming and hawing have conspired to slice Tata's December sales figures nearly in half compared to a year ago. December is a traditionally slow month for auto sales as buyers try to put off expenditures until the next year (when incentives are more attractive on existing stock), but even accounting for the bargain hunters, this is a major drop.

Everyone, everywhere is down, and Tata Motors stock has taken a beating thanks to the economy and costly external issues like plant troubles. That said, recent interest rate cuts have buoyed company shares in hopes that the Nano (not to mention Saint CarBuyer) will soon arrive, and if nothing else, they still have the Indica's longevity to celebrate.


[Source: Reuters]


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      • 6 Years Ago

      Somebody should put a Hayabusa engine in the Nano. Will be a blast to drive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And get some real wheels on it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah... It'll be about as fun to drive as a shopping cart with a Hayabusa motor.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They have a premium wheels options. You can tell them because they feature 4 lugs!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @LS7...

        I don't know if you heard Clarkson's comment about the Nano. "This must be the premium model because it doesn't have a donkey in front of it."
        • 6 Years Ago
        I bet a hayabusa is worth more than this entire car on its own.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want to see some pictures of the engine compartment. Assuming it has one.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Land Rover and Jaguar might seem like a big drain now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The sentence "Land Rover must seem like a drain now" is nearly always an appropriate one. BMW had to sell Land Rover because it started to put them in a difficult financial situation too. And of course Ford didn't hold it long either. The only question is, where does Land Rover end up after Tata? With the Chinese?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, here's to a Chinese-owned Jag and LR!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Golf Cart?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Paint that thing Mercedes "elephant grey" (remember that color from several decades ago?) and park it in the midst of pack of horney male elephants and see how long it takes for it to get "mounted"!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is so hot...

      Just tint the windows and get some spinner hubcaps.

      Sah-weeeeeeeet!
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