• Jan 25, 2010
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Tata Motors used the timing of the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month to unveil its tiny little Nano here in North America for the first time, and we finally had a chance to see the cheap little runabout in person. At the time, there were some rumblings that the future Americanized Nano might sell for as little as $5,000, but the Detroit News is reporting that a source inside the company is projecting a price tag closer to $8,000 when the car hits the U.S. in the next three years.

Yes, that's more than triple what the Nano costs in its home market of India. Why such a dramatic increase? Says Warren Harris, Tata Technologies president:
The structural changes that would need to be made, the changes that would be required as far as emissions are concerned, and some of the features that would be appropriate to add to the vehicle for the North American market, obviously that would drive up the price point.
If and when the Tata Nano does hit a dealership near you, don't expect to see a twin-cylinder engine measuring just 600cc, either. That powerplant propels the diminutive people-mover to about 65 miles per hour, far too slow for American highways. Instead, we'd count on at least a liter and probably a third cylinder in order to hit something more like 90 mph on the top end. We'll see.




[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      plus why so ugly and small,who the hell do they think we are.........EUROPE??????????
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could use one...

      ...to get me around the house.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I could use one...

        ...to get around your rear end, sir.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think most of the people are missing the point - TATA wont worry on price or sales of nano in US. They want to make the car world class. The production changes are going to be made in the place manufacturing is located and improvement happens there.

      Just by passing US regulations and making a sell-able car in US will make drastic improvement to NANO and all the markets nano is supposed to sell will be a winner. US market is a sort of test now for world cars to improve. its not for US customers. Business is no more happening in America, rest of the world now uses the legacy of US to improve products ( think how Honda and Toyota made good cars - after launch in US, same others are doing now ).

      Expect Mahindra, Tata, BYD etc etc ( almost all in the world ) to come and make a product in US for improving the product.

      • 4 Years Ago
      At this rate, it's not worth it in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Killed in car accident, yeah thats how your obit will start.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Nano will will with a price in US. This is inevitable as this small wonder has to be upgraded to the needs and specification of the US market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      THE WHOLE POINT AND THE ONLY REASON FOR BUYING ONE IS IT'S CHEAP YOU STUPID CUSTOMER SERVICE PHONE OPERATOR INDIAN IDIOTS!!!

      These things should come with Obama stickers on the back and a handicap permit hanging from the rear view because the person that buys one of these for 8k is a f#cking idiot!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those will be some expensive Tatas
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear India,

      Please keep this go-kart in India.

      Thank you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree
        • 4 Years Ago
        They're waaaaaaay ahead of you.

        You... did read the bit where they said $8k, right? Evidently not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You need to stop being racist and criticizing India.
        Atleast Indian car companies dont go begging to the government after going bankrupt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The increased price also includes extra sound deadening to drown out the screams of passengers riding in a Nano going > 70mph.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A nano going 70 MPH? ROFL!!
        Carlos
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly, you would be insane to drive a Nano on American highways. Have you seen how women in their Navigators/Odysseys drive!? You'd die within the first hour of driving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I appreciate the need for this car in developing nations, but it makes zero sense forthe US market given the driving conditions, market expectations and price of fuel. Also, it looks utterly ridiculous and pathetic. If it had some more funky chic, maybe it could find a few thousand buyers, bu I see an immense fail.

      I would much rather get a used Civic or Huyndai for the money, still under warranty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All cars sold in the USA have to pass government crash tests.
      The cheap version of the Nano never could pass.
      Look at the first link on my website to see a side crash into a pole
      that all cars will soon have to pass.
      www.safersmallcars.com
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