• Nov 13, 2009
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At roughly $2,500, the Tata Nano is the world's most affordable car – but that apparently hasn't stopped early customers from griping about some of the vehicle's shortcomings. Thankfully, those complaints aren't falling on deaf ears, either, as Tata Motors will reportedly make some subtle yet significant changes to the mini car within the next six months. One major complaint is the Nano's leisurely acceleration, which is to be expected in any vehicle with 33 horsepower. To remedy the situation, Tata Motors engineers will reportedly crank the engine's 5,000 RPM red line up to a more respectable 6,000 RPM, which should help add more pickup. Also under consideration is a five-speed manual gearbox, though the Indian market Nano will likely continue to with just four forward gears.

Autocar India is reporting that the Nano's electronically limited 65 mph speed limit will remain due to safety concerns, though Tata engineers say the low speed limit renders the fifth gear obsolete. That said, the the planned Euro Nano will only be available as a five speed. Another improvement that should make Nano owners happy is the reported addition of an actual tailgate. The current Nano is hatchless in the interest of lower cost, build complexity, and structural rigidity, and anyone who wants to add or subtract cargo has to do so by folding down the rear seat and going through the doors. Other changes include a new side mirror assembly that will make way for future of power mirrors and a "check strap" for limiting how far the door opens.

While those changes will definitely improve the Nano, we're hoping the mods don't come at the price of, well, a higher price. Either way, it's nice to see that Tata Motors appears to be taking the suggestions of its new customers seriously.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds good in theory (listening to customers), but in reality these things fly in the face of the ultimate cheap car. Options, increased complexity, more features, etc, are going to merely increase the weight and increase the price. Pretty soon it will be a $5,000 car with 50hp. Then a $7000 car with 80hp and power everything. And so on until it's just like every other car out there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good that they are listening. The five speed may have ratios that allow the car to get to top speed faster and yet keep the MPG. If I owned one I would want either a hatch or a lid to access the cargo area. You could make the glass open ala AMC Gremlin, or a lid like on the old mini cooper.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This continuous innovation is what makes me happy.
      Honda needs to follow suit with the Insight and with the design of the Accord Crosstour.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm... Did they ever consider offering various trip levels or perhaps an options list? Why would they assume that people would just want the bargain basement cheapest vehicle? Shoppers seldom do. The cheapest car hear in the US is probably the Hyundai Accent at about $10K, but how many Accent buyers actually go for that stripper base model? Or for the Accent at all? By offering options, Tata and the dealers have the possiblity of significantly higher profit margins and more satisfied customers. Just don't do the obscene packaging like Nissan. To get satellite radio on a Nissan Altima, buyers must purchase a package that costs twice the price of the Nano itself! And come to think of it, Nissan was wanting to make a low cost competitor to the Nano. So if a buyer wants satellite radio in that Nissan econo-box, it would nearly triple the price of the vehicle!


      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes it's hatchless, no the rear glass doesn't open.

      It's main goal is to be cheap, considering the incredibly low price, additions such as those were deleted in order to meet the price point.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's not that bad, the shape is cool, but the rims to small!!!
      tat do something about it.
      : )

      i would buy one
      • 5 Years Ago
      i find this car fascinating, and the evolution of improvements bodes well for the little thing. i don't care what anyone says, it's a million times more difficult to build down to an incredibly low price and still have a 'car' than it is to come up with a million dollar Veyron or F1. i would absolutely love to see Ford come up with a modern-day Model T-a family sized car built out of simple and robust materials, with nothing extraneous and unnecessary. if i'm able to drive, i'm certainly able to wind down a window, or reach over and unlock a door. if i'm driving anywhere in today's traffic, i'm certainly able to get there just as fast with a 75hp 3 cylinder as i am with a 500 hp twin turbo V8.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wrong. It's not more challenging. You're obviously not an automotive engineer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The one that doesn't make sense is leaving off the door check straps. I wonder how many Nano doors have flipped back and/or sprung in the wind? That would sure hack me off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Renowned car designer Dilip Chhabria will be adding the final touches to the Nano. The Tata Nano will certainly look more cute.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes my old Jeep Wrangler look like a lexus lol. Why not just have just the rear glass open up and make it a little more accessable rather than a hatch. Good idea this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, it's more like the Austin-built Nash Metropolitan of the '50s. Only in the last three years was an external trunk lid added (and even then it was more like a little hatch on top of the trunk). Before that, to put in luggage, you had to fold down the seatback (which came with a key lock, BTW). The spare tire was mounted on the back, Continental kit style. I once knew an old man that owned a couple of Mets, and I helped restore one of them (interior work, electrical troubleshooting, etc.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is HKS going to start R&D for this car soon
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