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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... Read More

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    Geely to build car cheaper than Tata Nano?
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    Tata Motors has milked the Nano minicar's "most affordable" status for a ton of press, but it might soon hand the title belt over to a new challenger. According to a report at TopNews.in, Geely's reportedly got its own ultra-frugal compact in the works for 2010. Called the IG, it's expected to bring a $2,250 price tag and a 1.0-liter, 70 horsepower motor ...

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    Ta ta, Tata: Tata Motors car head reportedly resigns
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    Rajiv Dube, the mind behind Tata Motors' move into the passenger car world, has decided to part ways with the company after 27 years. Dube joined Tata way back in 1983, and neither he nor the company are saying exactly why the long-standing exec decided to move on. Our guess is that after 20 years, retirement was sounding plenty tasty. Cars like the Nano ...

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    Geely to challenge Tata, Renault with low-cost car?
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    Word on the web would have us believe that Geely has its eyes set on snatching the least-expensive car crown from Tata. The Chinese automaker has announced that it will bring its IG concept to market, and that it will cost a mere $2,250 at current conversion rates. If that's not enough to raise your eyebrows, the company says that its pint-size econobox ...

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    Onstar, Nano and Enertia win 2010 Edison awards [w/video]
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    The 2010 Edison awards were announced last week and General Motors, Tata and Brammo were all winners for transportation related innovations. GM received a silver Edison award for one of the most useful new features added to its Onstar telematics system last year: the stolen vehicle slowdown that allows the Onstar operators to remotely cut the engine power ...

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    Renault planning $2,500 Nano fighter for Indian market
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    Apparently inspired by the popularity of the Tato Nano in India – a car that grabbed the world's attention when it came out with a base price tag of just $2,500 – Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wants a piece of the low budget pie. Speaking last Friday at the Renault annual meeting, Ghosn announced Renault's intention to work with Nissan ...

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    Renault planning $2,500 Nano fighter for Indian market
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    Apparently inspired by the popularity of the Tato Nano in India, Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wants a piece of the low budget pie. The Nano, of course, grabbed the world's attention when it came out with a base price tag of just $2,500. Speaking last Friday at the Renault annual meeting, Ghosn announced Renault's intention to work with Nissan and ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Hyundai's Tata Nano competitor cometh
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    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. ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Hyundai's Tata Nano competitor cometh
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    While the Tata Nano isn't sold here in the U.S., the $2,500 uber-economy car has in many ways put parent company 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 ...

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    Tata orders probe into Nano fire
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    Yesterday, we shared a scary bit of news about a Tata Nano going up in flames only minutes after it was delivered to a customer. This isn't the first incident involving a Nano catching fire – in fact, the folks at Indian Autos Blog report that three other Nanos have suffered similar issues, all while the cars were parked. Tata Motors says that the ...

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    Tata Nano becomes CarBQ in Mumbai
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    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 ...

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    Report: Suzuki declines to build Tata Nano-fighter
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    Geneva 2010: Tata debuts Nano EV concept
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    Tata Motors just debuted an electrified version of its Nano today at the Geneva Motor Show, promising no compromises in the way it drives compared to the regular 600cc Nano. The Tata Nano Electric Vehicle (EV) will be built on the existing Nano platform and still seats four adults, but adds "super polymer lithium ion batteries" to the mix. No word on ...

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    Geneva 2010: Tata debuts Nano EV concept
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    Tata Motors just debuted an electrified version of their Nano today at the 80th Geneva Motor Show, promising no compromises in the way it drives compared to the regular 600cc Nano. The Tata Nano Electric Vehicle (EV) will be built on the existing Nano platform, and still seats four adults, but adds "super polymer lithium ion batteries" to the mix. No ...

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    If you've ever wondered what a Tata Nano looks like in Gulf livery, well... wonder no more
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    The Indian car shopping site CarWale.com is driving a Tata Nano in a loop across the length and breadth of India to make a point about the car and the country. Their journey started on February 4 and ends February 19, covering 6,909 kilometers (4,284 miles) of terrain best described as... Indian... and along the way, the crew will explore every aspect ...

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    If you've ever wondered what a Tata Nano looks like in Gulf livery, well... wonder no more
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    The Indian car shopping site CarWale.com is driving a Tata Nano in a loop across the length and breadth of India to make a point about the car and the country. Their journey started on February 4 and ends February 19, covering 6,909 kilometers (4,284 miles) of terrain best described as... Indian... and along the way, the crew will explore every aspect ...

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    Report: Tata Nano price could triple for U.S. market
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    Tata Motors used the timing of the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month to unveil its tiny little Nano here in North America for the first time, and we finally had a chance to see the cheap little runabout in person. At the time, there were some rumblings that the future Americanized Nano might sell for as little as $5,000, but the Detroit News is ...

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    Report: Tata Nano price could triple for U.S. market
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    Tata Motors used the timing of the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month to unveil its tiny little Nano here in North America for the first time, and we went to see the car in person. Click here to read our thoughts. At the time, there were some rumblings that the future Americanized Nano might sell for as little as $5,000, but Detroit News is reporting ...

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    Report: Bosch helping Tata develop tiny diesel engine for Nano
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    When Tata launched the Nano last year it was only available with a two-cylinder gasoline engine. The manufacturer has promised additional variants, though, including what would be the world's smallest automotive diesel. Tata has been collaborating with supplier Robert Bosch on the development of that diesel engine along with numerous other subsystems of ...

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    Tata Nano makes North American debut in Detroit, but its future here remains uncertain
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    The Tata Nano has power windows for the driver and front passenger. Anyone sitting in the rear seats, though, will have to make do with manual controls. Of all the things we learned about the world's cheapest car during its official North American unveiling in downtown Detroit yesterday, the way Tata Motors' engineers split the difference between feature ...

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    Tata Nano makes North American debut in Detroit, but its future here remains uncertain
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    The Tata Nano has power windows for the driver and front passenger. Anyone sitting in the rear seats, though, will have to make do with manual controls. Of all the things we learned about the world's cheapest car during its official North American unveiling in downtown Detroit yesterday, the way Tata Motors' engineers split the difference between feature ...

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