• Mar 18, 2011
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Is the Tata Nano finally ready to take on U.S. roads? Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group, believes so, but the car won't be the same $2,500 vehicle found in India. Instead, according to The New York Times, Tata says the American market will get a car built to be competitive here yet still priced well below the competition.

It seems the North American-spec Nano could cost between $7,000 and $8,000. Will that be enough to lure buyers into their local Tata dealer's showrooms? If gas prices keep climbing, consumers could be attracted by the Nano if the Americanized version can achieve something along the lines of the 52 miles per gallon city/62 miles per gallon highway fuel economy that the current model achieves.



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[Source: The New York Times]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Great, another article about the fiat500.

      Oh wait......whatever, same thing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It will cost more than $7000 to bury the person who gets killed while driving this POS.
      • 3 Years Ago
      In concept a cheap car could do well. The problem will come with the approach Tata takes. If they expect US buyers to be grateful for anything they offer them in the same way they seemed to expect the Indian buyers should have been happy to have anything that resembles a car then they will fail miserably - much like this car is doing in India.

      There is certainly room for a bargain priced car in the US market, but what I've seen from the Indians and the Chinese doesn't indicate that they have developed the corporate ethics required to participate in western markets. If they do the things they have done in India and China the lawyers will have a field day and rightfully so.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Newsbreak---Tata Nano and electric Gem cars collide"......Hey, that might be a winning marriage. Think about it !!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I could see it selling in the US, but not for nearly three times the price they get for them in India. The logistics of bringing them to the US can't be THAT expensive.

      Its main selling point is that it's a ~$2000 car...get rid of that selling point and I'm completely uninterested. Keep it at that selling point and I'd least be willing to look at it as a commuter pod.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great car for India. For North America? Not so much.
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow how low are china's safety standards? those wheels are trash can lids.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sunny...whoops, didn't know I stepped on some whining cry baby's toes here. ;p
        • 3 Years Ago
        sunny (oxymoron of your disposition), you just feel bad your whining post just got deleted...



        • 3 Years Ago
        For someone "living under a rock" for not knowing Tata is Indian (at least here in AB)...your name "sunny" sure don't jive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "hahaha you're the worst internet warrior ever. from the looks of your responses, you can only conjure up single sentence thoughts at a time. lame ones too. who uses "jive" these days?"

        Cry baby, cry...
        • 3 Years Ago
        For being sunny, you are not too bright sir!
        • 3 Years Ago
        hahaha you're the worst internet warrior ever. from the looks of your responses, you can only conjure up single sentence thoughts at a time. lame ones too. who uses "jive" these days?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Haha. What a weak response. Thumbs up for effort though.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sunny, why the now short responses....just got your diapers changed?
      • 3 Years Ago
      A light, rear engine, rear drive car? Swap in any sportbike engine and it sounds like a lot of cheap fun.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the Nano for what it is in its home market of India. If they address the current crop of issues the car has, and increase safety and power for our market, it will do fine. There's ALWAYS a market for "the lowest price car in America". "New with a warranty" is a big seller any time. Will it be a good car? Time will tell.

      If it were available now at $8,000 and I was in the market I would not buy one. I would buy a good used car for the same or less money.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I that thing runs reliably and cheaply, it'll be a better choice than the more costly Smart car which makes little sense except for parking ease.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're talking about a 20-30% price advantage over any new car on the market -- of course there's a market for that. Granted, it's not enthusiasts and it's not rich people...but most people aren't in either of those groups anyway.

      If they can achieve good fuel mileage that would be great, but it's not really a requirement -- best price stands alone.
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh tata, just don't bother with your cheap self, Hyundai and Kia are lucky to be here, but you...just stay away.
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