• Jan 22, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Tata Nano

The troubles that Tata Motors has had in getting its Nano microcar off the ground have been well documented. After a series of protests turned violent over a land dispute between local farmers in West Bengal and the Indian automaker,, production was moved to Tata's Pantnagar facility. Despite the massive setback (Tata had almost completed construction of the main plant before moving), the Indian automaker reportedly believes that it can assemble 80,000 Nanos by March of 2010. By that time, a second plant in Sanand should be ready to go, and that would quickly become the main facility for the inexpensive car (though Pantnagar would still supplement the larger operation).

What's next for the ongoing saga that is The World's Cheapest Car? By the end of 2011, the Nano's will get a diesel engine option in addition to the standard 33-horsepower 625 cc twin-cylinder gas unit that will be powering all Nanos at launch. Also on the future menu will be such sybaritic options as air conditioning and an automatic gearbox. Thanks for the tip, Shrawan!


[Source: Indian Autos Blog]


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        • 6 Years Ago
        yeh agree with u lol

        cant imagine the safety rating.

        wow this is car from the world largest democratic country.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      At this pace, the Nano will be the size of the Honda Accord, full of features, and cost $30,000 each in about 20 years. It is like a law of automotive engineering. Biggger, fancier, and pricier.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually with inflation $30,000 in 20 years would be a bargain...

        I'm with you on the Accord thing though. I remember as late as 2007 I would see new Accords on sale in the LA Times Ads for under 20K, if only just. The new model is priced out of the mid-size buyers range.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is a Pantnagar the same as an anklebiter?
      • 6 Years Ago
      goshdamn!! thats a little ass car! lmao!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The wheels seem way too small to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would be so cool to drop a more powerful engine in this!
      Think Honda K-Series (RSX, Civic, ETC).
        • 6 Years Ago
        K20Z3 + Tata Nano = Car with front wheels in the air :P

        Let's say it works and we got a 197hp engine in around ~1350lbs car. 6.85 lb/hp = Bye bye GT-R!

        • 6 Years Ago
        Like when people used to drop Chevy 350's into Datsuns?

      • 6 Years Ago
      That's alot of Tatas...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's pretty endearing actually. I'm sure it's a breeze to fix, and considering the total cost of the car it can have several bad parts and still be a bargain. It reminds me of the base model Japanese cars on the eve of the 1980's (80, 81). Simple, bland, but a great way to learn about cars cheaply. And yes, I know it's market isn't us here, but still....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for the Jaguar or Land Rover version, with a massaging seat and heated steering wheel.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the same way stealing software does.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car belongs to a bowling alley.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm skeptical: not because of the car but because of the recession in general and because of TATA's current declining sales (it's following the industry trend). I hope TATA achieves its goal, but I'm not holding my breath on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, that many Tatas...Giving the Playboy mansion a run for it's money!
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