• Mar 26, 2010
Hyundai's Tata Nano Competitor, Rendered – Click above for high-res image gallery

While the Tata Nano isn't sold here in the U.S., the $2,500 uber-economy car, along with its acquisition of Jaguar and Land Rover, has put Tata Motors on the international map. The reason for the Nano's celebrity has everything to do with its ridiculously cheap price tag, which gives many buyers in India a four-wheeled vehicle they can actually afford. But the Nano also gives the competition a low-ball target to shoot for, and rumor has it that Hyundai has the little Tata in its crosshairs.

Indian Autos Blog quotes unnamed sources within Hyundai's India operations saying that the Korean automaker is working on a Nano-sized microcar that could carry a two lakh rupees ($4,400 in U.S. dollars) price tag. The report goes on to say that the low-cost, sub-i10 ride, reportedly called the H800 project, is powered by an 800cc petrol engine and priced to compete withe the SAIC microcar, the Suzuki Alto and the Nano. Further, the site claims that Hyundai will have a working prototype ready for real-world testing by the middle of 2010.

Since Hyundai hasn't officially announced the existence of the H800, we don't know how realistic looking IAB's rendering really is. But we can tell you that the ice-blue rendering is a whole lot more attractive to our eyes than just about anything else in the sub-$5,000 price range.



[Source: Indian Autos Blog]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      When did Tata buy Aston Martin?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, I thought they bought Jaguar, not Aston Martin?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They did buy Jaguar not Aston Martin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Amazing what big boy wheels do to a tiny inexpensive city car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol...they said "little tata"
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as it doesn't catch fire it should do well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        classified add for a Nano must read like this:

        Great car, limited(everything), heated seats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a Kia Venga photoshop. Thank you autoblog for your amusing joke...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would like to see Hyundai bring back the excel in the usa as a new most affordable car on the usa market for under 8,000 dollars . Just give it the basics, No thrills, no ac, no automatic,cut the Cd player and leave just a am fm radio , just basic transpation, no power nothing. If Hyundai could do that , I think in this market it would be a hit price wise and hyundai has come a far way from it's first excel in the usa so why not pay homeage to the excel and bring it back as the cheapest car sold in the usa . COME ON HYUNDAI YOU CAN DO IT, your the one automaker who I believe could pull off such a thing as having a new auto for under 8000 dollars
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem with cheap new cars is that they are cross-shopped against low-mileage used cars. Who would buy a new, stripped car for $8000 when they could get a used car with many more features for the same price? Now if they were able to sell a new car for
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it doesn't burst into flames while it's parked it'll be worth the extra money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will the Tata Nano flames be stickers or real?
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