• Dec 10, 2009
Ever since Tata first showed off its diminutive Nano, heavily hyped as the Cheapest Car in the World, the Indian automaker has continually said that it intends to sell the machine in somewhat modified form in both Europe and the United States. The blokes over at Autocar were given a sneak peek at the Nano Europa, which is currently slated for a 2011 introduction, and they've seen fit to share a couple of new details with the rest of us.
For instance, the Nano Europa will ditch the Indian market's 33-horsepower twin-cylinder engine for a new all-aluminum three-cylinder unit with 60 horsepower. That new powerplant will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission with ratios optimized for higher sustained speeds while still offering good fuel efficiency and low carbon emissions.

Not surprisingly, the Nano's tiny dimensions will grow a bit for European use, with overall length said to be up by about eight inches than the Indian market version. That extra bit of sheetmetal ought to prove sufficient for the Nano to pass European NCAP crash tests and help provide a bit more space for passengers and their goods. According to Autocar, the £4000 - £5000 Nano (roughly $6,500 to $8,100 on the pricy UK market) "will change the way car prices are viewed when it hits British showrooms." We'd imagine a similar reaction if it ever hits the States, especially if it comes with an even lower price.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Other than the tiny wheels, the Europa version doesn't look half bad for an $8000 car. Better than an Aveo or an Accent, I think.

      I guess quadrupling the price buys you a lot of styling upgrades.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ugh
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why the ugh? This car would be perfect for cities and urban areas. Besides, the vehicle actually should be pretty safe; ddesigned with an emphasis on structural integrity in an accident (think Smart car)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shijmus...

      You're a racist oaf...

      How pathetic-
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm almost ashamed to say that I like it. That's not a bad looking $6-8k car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What I love is now Indians get to ask themselves what we in the USDM have for years. "Why do other countries get the good versions?"
        • 5 Years Ago
        actually they are going to launch is here in 2011
        but as they promised they first need to sell 1 lac rupee car cuz thats where it's hype is
        they actually have diesel engine ready and are working on air powered unit which will find its home in back of this car smwhere in 2014

        about safety this car will take 3 stars at Euro NCAP according to test results at MIRA
        which is great for a car priced so low but I really doubt how are they going to manage that interior and added garnish in actual production version
        • 5 Years Ago
        so it's only us then. great......
      • 5 Years Ago
      Next thing you're going to tell us is that you saw a perfect example of said used car in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what the price of government regulations is - on the poor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It sure cleans up nice. And a 60hp three cyllinder engine should be plenty to get this sucker moving - that's what my old-gen Smart puts out of it's three-banger. Gonna sell like hotcakes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would have thought after taxes pricing would be around 15,000 pounds, given the insane tax structure in th UK....
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're either extremely thick or extremely unfunny: either way I don't like you
      • 5 Years Ago
      ^^ Idiot
      • 5 Years Ago
      I couldn't care less about this car and Autoblog is obsessed with it. We hear about this thing 5 or 6 times a week it seems like! At least that post about whale foreskin leather seats was entertaining....
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