• Dec 7, 2009
Now that Tata has put the World's Cheapest Car on the market, is the Indian automaker ready to make a similar assault on the pickup truck market? Judging by a recent spy shot, it seems likely. It's impossible to know for sure, but the truck's three-lug wheels, single windshield wiper and dash layout indicate that this pickup might be based on the diminutive Nano.

Indian news outlets report that the pickup is codenamed Penguin and is powered by a single-cylinder diesel engine that displaces 350cc and is based on a slice of the Tata Ace and Indica engine block. That big thumper is hooked directly to the rear axle, an arrangement that will do away with the driveshaft and help lower cost. No word on if or when the Nano truck is slated for an official introduction. Hat tip to Shrawan!

[Source: Indian Autos Blog]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      That thing got a Hemi?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bodacious headlights
      • 5 Years Ago
      But can I tow my boat with it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I'm sure one is worth having just to save on furniture delivery fees if nothing else.
        • 5 Years Ago
        indian market. lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh goodness. Not to diss on Tata... but I thought the semi trucks that ford makes were little tight for usage. THIS is just ridiculously small.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ACE is 700 cc

      http://ace.tatamotors.com/specifications.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tata_Ace

      Tata Nano is 624 cc. Its wise for any auto manufacturer to use common platform they have tow products which can use the same platform.

      If they are going for 350cc platform then they are going to compete against one of the below

      http://www.bajajauto.com/commercial_vehicle.asp



      • 5 Years Ago
      No no NO. NOOOOO!
      Sweet mother of godness no. Don't do that. This is as uglyer than hell will ever get
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is wrong with Matthew?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how many people can fit in that pickup truck bed and it still move.
      matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want one... so I can shoot it to bits with my friend.

      World's cheapest car shouldn't be a selling point...
      matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do cars and trucks this stupid exist?! Why are there spyshots and a CODENAME for them either? Call them what they are: $H!T
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are sure it's an actual pick up truck, or one of those smaller utility vehicles used by maintenance people on large properties?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those "smaller utility vehicles" you see used on large properties are essentially imported road-going vehicles from Japan, China, and other parts of Asia... they're almost impossible to license for public road use in most states, so they're simply sold of off-road/private-road vehicles to fleets.

        This looks very similar to the "kei" pickup trucks that are all over cities in Japan and China.
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