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The first customer to get a Tata Nano has taken delivery of the world's cheapest car today. Tata Motors delivered the car to a Mr. Ashok Raghunath Vichare of Mumbai who paid just 100,000 rupees ($2,053 U.S.) for the car. The Nano went on sale earlier this year and has been a source of endless discussion since it was announced in early 2008. While incredibly cheap, other numbers for the tiny car are also impressive: the Automotive Research Association of India has rated the Nano at 56 miles-per-gallon U.S., and the car produces emissions of just 101 grams of CO2 per km.

The Indian market is only the first step for the Nano – A Euro-spec model recently passed European crash tests and the car is still scheduled to come to the U.S. at some point in the not-too-distant future. Click on the gallery below or check out a video of the first Nano handover ceremony after the jump.



[Source: Tata Motors]

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PRESS RELEASE

Tata Motors delivers first Tata Nano in the country in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 17, 2009: Tata Motors is pleased to announce that Mr. Ashok Raghunath Vichare of Mumbai has become the first customer in India of the Tata Nano. Mr. Vichare received his choice, the Tata Nano LX (Lunar Silver), at the hands of the Chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Motors, Mr. Ratan N. Tata, at the company's dealership, Concorde Motors, today.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Tata said, "I hope the Tata Nano will bring motoring pleasure to those who will be buying their first car as also those who currently own cars but want a modern, contemporary, emission-friendly city car."

Along with Mr. Vichare, two other customers, Mr. Ashish Balakrishnan (Tata Nano LX – Sunshine Yellow) and Kores India Limited (Tata Nano LX – Lunar Silver), also received their cars today.

As planned, Tata Motors has commenced deliveries of the Tata Nano this month to different towns and cities of the country. Despatches to dealerships have begun from the Pantnagar plant, where the car is being produced, in accordance with schedules informed to customers.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love Mr. Tata's body language. Looks like he had better things to do. Love the car it's perfect for India.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ack! My comment disappeared!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing is just hideoussssss.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For those having trouble with the audio, the new owner states:

      "Pls to be handing the papers for the car and give me the keys for the same.

      Oh, and pls send me teh codez."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I personally can't wait for these to hit the streets here in the US. Every parade will have a line of Shriners driving them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A glorified golf cart.
      Just what we need on the roads with 18 wheelers!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its not the US spec, in India you barely go above 30mph in the cities. So there are no 18 wheelers to plow you down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      since this car puts low to middle income people within reach of owning a car, there should be a significant increase in the number of car owners in India. Looking at how the streets is already so congested, I wonder how it will be like with all the nanos running around. The government better get to work with the road infrastructures or traffic will get even worse!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What? No dealer markup?
      • 5 Years Ago
      101g/km is less than 56mpg US. The Prius is sub-100g/km and it is only rated at 51mpg in US testing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You haven't really alluded to your logic but I'll guess that you are assuming that grams of CO2 is indicative of efficiency. The problem is these are two vastly different sized cars with different markets and the Nano, while sporting high mileage due to being a featherweight, is still being marketed as a cheap car in India where most vehicles are still have carburetors This means its cheapness is partially due to being low tech so it's not as clean as a Prius.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally the much-awaited Tata Nano has arrived. This car is already a hit among the common Indian men. Ratan Tata has granted mobility to all the Indians with his
      Nano dream.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just what Mumbai needs, more cars!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG9Y517g_tw
      alexacoon
      • 5 Years Ago
      It does get a little tiring hearing this is too small, hasn't anyone noticed better than 9 out of 10 cars in the city/suburbs don't have even a single passenger? As a second car this would be ideal though I think it looks silly with such short doors,with the drivers seat pushed all the way back for a 6 footer judging from the pictures it looks like you would be looking out the rear door window or the door pillar at worst if you turned you head.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @alexacoon
        I'm 6'3" and have had an issue with door pillars for years. You get used to it.
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