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Quick Spin: 2011 Tata Nano CX - Driving the world's cheapest car

People love the idea of super-cheap transportation. Two generations ago, Volkswagen captured the world's attention with the Beetle (known originally as "The People's Car"), but when people finally drove the rear-engined VW, they realized it was more than just a cheap car – it was remarkably fun to drive. India's Tata Motors picked up on the people's car idea several years ago. Motorbikes and pedal bikes are the go-to transportation options for millions in India, which presented an opportunity. But with the average price of a new car in the U.S. hovering around $30,000, an inconcei... Read More

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    Report: Tata to double Nano production
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    Sales of the pint-sized Tata Nano have increased dramatically in the last couple of months, reportedly convincing Tata to double production of its pocketbook-friendly microcar. In March, the Indian automaker moved 8,707 Nanos, pulling to within a hair of its 9,000-unit sales record posted back in July of 2010. After a summer of moving near-record ...

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    Report: Tata to double Nano production amidst sales uptick
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    The Tata Nano has enjoyed an increase in sales in the last couple of months, reportedly sparking Tata Motors to double production of its budget-minded microcar this fiscal year. In March, the Indian automaker moved 8,707 examples, pulling to within spitting distance of its 9,000-unit sales record for July, 2010. After a summer selling record numbers, ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #222: Chevy Colorado, Porsche 918, Tata Nano for U.S. and J.D. Power Reliability
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    Autoblog Podcast #222 is ready to go, and the crew this week is Chris Shunk, Zach Bowman and Dan Roth. Joining this trio is Dave Sullivan of AutoPacific, and topics range from the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado, to the Porsche 918 Spyder, the possibility of the Tata Nano in the States and J.D. Power Reliability results. Your feedback in our Q&A ...

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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #222
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    We record Episode #222 of the Autoblog Podcast tonight, so check out our discussion topics below. You can use the forum below to drop us your own feedback and questions, or vote on your fellow readers' submissions to help determine what else we discuss this evening. You can subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already to hear your ...

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    Report: Tata hopes to offer $7,000 car in U.S.
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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 ...

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    Report: Tata Pixel microcar concept headed for production
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    Tata Motors has reportedly given the Tata Pixel, a microcar concept it just unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the production green light. Tata says the pint-sized Pixel, which measures less than 10-feet long, is the "most package-efficient four-seater in the world." For the sake of comparison, the Tata Nano is close to one foot longer than the ...

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    Report: Tata Pixel given European green light
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    Tata Motors has reportedly approved the Tata Pixel, a microcar concept it showed off at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, for production. The minute Pixel is advertised as the most efficiently-packaged four-seater in the world. It comes in at just under 10 feet long, and is nearly a foot shy of the Tata Nano's overall length. Assuming the report from Autocar ...

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    Geneva 2011: Tata Pixel Concept turns on itself
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    Tata has revealed its Euro city car concept in Geneva today and it's a trick little piece. First off, Tata says it is the most efficiently-packaged four-seater in the world, comfortably seating four regulation-size adults in a car just 10 feet long. Even more trick is the car's zero turning radius system, which, in simple terms, rotates the rear wheels ...

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    Geneva 2011: Tata Pixel Concept turns on itself
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    Tata has revealed its Euro city car concept in Geneva today and it's a trick little piece. First off, Tata says it is the most efficiently-packaged four-seater in the world, comfortably seating four regulation-size adults in a car just 10 feet long. Even more trick is the car's zero turning radius system, which, in simple terms, rotates the rear wheels ...

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    Why, yes, that is a Tata Nano covered in pure gold
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    Try to imagine the most basic car on the road, and you'll likely conjure up images of the Tata Nano. The Citroën 2CV of our time, the Nano was conceived as bare-bones, bargain-basement transport for the masses. But while it makes the rest of us wonder how much our own cars are really worth, sales of the diminutive budget car have been lagging in the ...

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    Why, yes, that is a Tata Nano covered in pure gold
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    Try to imagine the most basic car on the road, and you'll likely conjure up images of the Tata Nano. The Citroën 2CV of our time, the Nano was conceived as bare-bones, bargain-basement transport for the masses. But while it makes the rest of us wonder how much our own cars are really worth, sales of the diminutive budget car have been lagging in the ...

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    Video: Tata Nano gets cuddly new television ad
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    If small equals cute, the Tata Nano might be the cuddly-wuddliest little car in the world. Sadly, that cuteness isn't necessarily translating into sales at the level the Indian automaker was planning for. Hence, advertisements. While Tata usually veers towards the humor side of the advertising coin, for its first Nano commercial, Tata has decided to ...

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    Tata Nano retrofitted with four-year warranty to assuage quality fears
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    Tata Nano sales may have started out strong, but a number of price increases and several reports of electrical or exhaust fires have resulted in a huge sales plunge for the world's most affordable vehicle. Last month, Tata sold just 509 copies of the micro mini – a far cry from the massive waiting list for the Nano back in 2009. Automotive News ...

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    Report: Tata Nano sales plunge to just 589 units in November
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    The Tata Nano was such a hot commodity when it entered the Indian market that Tata Motors felt compelled to hold a lottery to determine the first 100,000 customers. A reported 70,000 copies of the $2,500+ econobox have been sold to date, but November apparently didn't budge that number much. Bloomberg reports that only 589 Nano models were sold in ...

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    Report: Tata Nano sales plunge to just 589 units in November
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    The Tata Nano was such a hot commodity when it entered the Indian market that Tata Motors felt compelled to hold a lottery to determine the first 100,000 customers. A reported 70,000 copies of the $2,500+ econobox have been sold to date, but November apparently didn't budge that number much. Bloomberg reports that only 589 Nano models were sold in ...

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    Nano fires prompt Tata to offer free safety upgrade, insists it's not a recall
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    Tata insists this move is not a recall, yet the Indian automaker is offering a free "safety upgrade" to the 70,000 folks who have purchased a Nano. This comes in response to a rash of Nano fires that were caused by various reasons. According to Tata, the vehicles that caught fire had individual problems not found on other currently-not-on-fire models. The ...

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    Tata Tower could bring vertical parking to Mumbai
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    With a population density currently about seven times greater than the city of Los Angeles, Mumbai has some major overcrowding problems that are only going to get worse. It is projected that in 20 years, with the increased adoption of vehicles, 25 percent of the land area will be covered with cars. The number of people per square mile is already at ...

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    Quick Spin: 2011 Tata Nano CX - Driving the world's cheapest car
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    People love the idea of super-cheap transportation. Two generations ago, Volkswagen captured the world's attention with the Beetle (known originally as "The People's Car"), but when people finally drove the rear-engined VW, they realized it was more than just a cheap car – it was remarkably fun to drive. India's Tata Motors picked up on the ...

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    Report: GM and SAIC gearing up to take on Tata Nano
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    General Motors has saddled up with Chinese automaker SAIC in an attempt to bring a Nano-fighting value car to the Indian market. GM says that it will rely on SAIC mostly for its low cost manufacturing techniques instead of parts or components due to hefty tariffs on goods imported from China. That also means The General may also be able to skip out on ...

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    Tata Nano gets ill-advised haircut at the factory
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    There are certain vehicles that were born to be convertible. The Tata Nano is not among them. The plucky, inexpensive little transporter is somewhat lovable in hardtop guise with its round overall shape and ladybug proportions. The cheapest of cheap cars is just too cute to hate, but make the mistake of pulling back the top sheetmetal, and you've got a ...

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