• Mar 22, 2010
Car fires are nothing new, but when it happens to the world's cheapest car on its way to its new home, the Tata Nano tends to lose its allure.

According to our friends at IndianAutosBlog, Satish Sawant, a Mumbai-based (irony alert) insurance agent, took delivery of his $2,500 hatchback, and while being chauffeured back to his house (Sawant doesn't have a license yet), a motorcyclist overtook him and pointed to the rear of his new baby. At which point, the driving duo noticed flames coming from the rear. Says Sawant, "I have no idea what happened... The engine was behind me and I did not realize the car was on fire."

This is apparently the second incident of a Nano catching fire, which, along with a recent spate of electrical issues, has some questioning the quality of the budget runabout. Naturally, today's lesson is: You get what you pay for.



[Source: IndianAutosBlog]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is certainly counterproductive, BUT, I remember very well the first Toyotas, first Hondas, and first Hyundis, first Subarus, and others (remember Datsun?). Look at them now. Cheap leads to sales, which leads to improvements, and eventual success. Revisit this car company in ten years. If I were not an old man, I would buy stock in this company.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think TATA does very well given the surprising amount of companies it owns. The auto business is just a drop in the bucket for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least Hyundai Excel in the 80's didn't suddenly set itself on fire...

      If I want cheap, I'll take Hyundai Accent or Nissan Versa Base. Thank you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        >which are both 4 times the price of this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ">which are both 4 times the price of this car."

        And 400000000000 times less likely to spontaneously combust and send your to an agony ridden fiery DOOM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      slow day on autoblog. snore
      • 4 Years Ago
      "In Tata's world, uncovering such issues would barely be scratching the surface."

      That statement reminds me of a scene in an old Simpsons episode set in the Springfield Elementary kitchen where Lunchlady Doris is lamenting the budget cuts and having to use Grade F meat. The shot pans over the kitchen and then focuses in on a bag of meat. The bag says:

      Grade F Meat:
      Mostly Circus Animal
      Some Filler


      I can imagine that Tata Nanos are made from aluminum cans stuck together with old bubblegum.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, I mean they at least stoped the car safely and got out in time.Maybe Tata will have a fire sale...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or change the paint name to Fire Engine Red
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't take long for Jaguar and Land Rover to rub off on Tata.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it was an omen the brand was named 'Tah-Tah'.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Nano has multiple uses! Now it's a heater..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now the old Yugo doesn't look so bad eh?
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least it was a SMALL fire.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Small car = small fire.
        Thankfully the gas tank isn't very large.
        • 4 Years Ago
        OK, you didn't have to explain
      • 4 Years Ago
      New for 2010
      "Hottest car on the market, just got hotter, Every 2010 Tata Nano comes standard with a cool flame thrower"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are people seriously questioning the quality of the worlds cheapest car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're right, Visnick. After all, the cheapest TVs and ovens and computers all explode and catch on fire. Oh wait.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Those electronic devices have components that may very well be made in the same factory as the more expensive units, most of the mentioned goods are no name brands (an assumption) not necessarily inferior products. A car is a very different animal as most of the parts are made specifically for a single model or brand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nano - an automotive manifestation of an outsourced call-centre....
        • 4 Years Ago
        seriously...wth
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