Jay Leno has finally turned out the Tata Nano episode of Jay Leno's Garage. As it turns out, the television personality actually found a way to purchase the tiny machine for himself, and the show follows the car all the way down the production line and to the Big Dog Garage in Los Angeles. Leno rolled out a whole passel of Bollywood dancers to mark the occasion and even abandoned his traditional denim uniform for an elegant Indian suit. Unfortunately, the Nano isn't legal to operate on U.S. roads, so the comedian had to come up with a place to play with his new toy.

The Los Angeles Police Department was more than happy to offer Leno a little time on their test track to stretch the Nano's legs. Despite the small engine, the car seems plenty entertaining to drive, though its suspension is clearly set up to handle the rough streets and byways of the Indian countryside. Check out the clip for yourself.



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      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      With proper doors and windows, and apparently a great air conditioner, this would be great for them retirement communties where everybody drives around on golf carts. And, it would be cheaper!
      B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Superman's dad got a Nano?
      crazydriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      My every day big go cart! Love to drive it!
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      God, I cannot stand him! He's a freak of nature, plus I can't imagine this wasn't rather offensive to Indians, in a Colonial sense. He's the worst comedian ever too. At least he wasn't wearing that stupid denim shirt.
        icerabbit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David
        Are you a bitter Conan fan or disgruntled former employee?
        Radwon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David
        Totally agree David. This guy gets coverage for buying a huge amount of cars?! And then people think he's a great guy because he lets people in to see his huge excessive collection of cars. Its widely known that the guy is a total douchebag off the camera and has totally spun his way into America's heart. I suppose if I was making the huge amount of money and having so little talent, I don't blame him for finding a hobby that distracts people from the fact that he's got no talent and really isn't that funny. I don't know how he's lasted so long really. Also, in times like this, when rich people are vilified, even those with actual talent and those that have earned it the proper right way, this guy is flaunting his excesses and you people are eating it up because they just happen to be the cars you love. Get real.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jay Leno is a true car guy that can appreciate any car. Good job Jay.
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      Jarrod Barger
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hell, I'd buy one! Simple, inexpensive and at 55mpg, it's a great little city car. So it's not a Prius... That's the point! It's quirky and small. Sometimes simple is good.
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      ANYONE can make a cheap car... Now... Make a cheap and SAFE car... Not possible. Of course this all depends on your definition of "cheap".
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
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          4gasem
          • 2 Years Ago
          Like I said... Depends on your definition of cheap! Who's the competition? Is it safer? Does it have 4 lug nuts? Are they apples to apples? Probably not...
      Love Great Danes
      • 2 Years Ago
      car is as ugly as the costumes
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I haven't seen a 3-lug vehicle since the Renault Le Car. It amazes me that they are able to sell this car at $2700.00. Granted, it is pretty basic but I have seen ATVs and golf carts that cost more than that. If Tata can find a way to make this car compliant with US auto regulations while keeping the price within a thousand or so if its price in India, I bet that people would buy these things like crazy for their spare, go-to vehicle for when the gas prices spike.
        LynxFX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian
        They probably would be better off just using that money for gas. Price with tax will be around $3000 plus yearly insurance and maintenance, say $300. Average miles driven a year is 12k. Average price of gas is $3.64 Average mpg between 2011 cars and trucks is 27mpg Tata's mpg is 55mpg Difference: 28mpg If you stopped driving the other car and drove the Nano exclusively: (12000/28)3.64 = $1563 in savings for 1 year. Will take over 2 years to break even once you add in tax/insurance. But being a second car let's say you only drive it half the time: (6000/28)3.64 = $780 in savings. - $300 in yearly insurance and maintenance = $480. Will take over 6 years to break even. Now how long will these cars last without major work? Fun video though. :)
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LynxFX
          Also the "Average price of gas" figure is pretty moot, anyone living with the cheaper gas in the country is much less likely to buy a car specifically for MPG savings, someone living in California say, is much more likely to buy a car to save money on gas.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LynxFX
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        Buckus Comments
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian
        Making it compliant to US Regs would probably triple it's cost, at which point most buyers would rather consider a 5 year-old Honda or Toyota.
      39242
      • 2 Years Ago
      How long before a police SWAT team arrives to arrest Leno and take the Nano away to be impounded and crushed?
        Big Rocket
        • 2 Years Ago
        @39242
        @39242: If he doesn't drive it on public streets, if he doesn't try to resell it, and advise potential buyers on how to skirt the law to title a gray market import, he should be good. You mad, bro? The whambulance goes here -> http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/29/wisconsin-man-avoids-jail-by-agreeing-to-have-his-nissan-skyline/
        • 2 Years Ago
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