Bajaj Autos, Indian's first and the world's fourth largest maker of three wheeled vehicles, has decided to add a wheel and is getting into the car market. "It would be inappropriate to say that it will be priced at a lakh or two or anywhere in between because is too premature," says Bajaj. The car, which is two to four years away, "will set a new benchmark in terms of fuel economy and offer twice as much as the current crop of small cars," according to Bajaj. Will increasing fuel efficiency come at the expense of more important things?
The New York Times wrote an article about Tata's $2,500 car with a compilation of the cost-cutting measures. The Times article questions the environmental claims from the company that the car would have low emissions (more precisely, that a car this cheap could maintain low emissions for the life of the vehicle). Go below the fold for the quote from the Times.
- The real reason Tata's Rs 1-lakh will change everything: it's green!
- Tata's $2,500, 59-mpg offering described as "eco-car," on display in January
- Tata claims $2,500 car will be the cleanest in India
Michael Walsh, a pollution consultant and former United States Environmental Protection Agency regulator, said that a car so cheap was likely to lack the complex technology to maintain its initial level of emissions and that without such technology cars could soon be producing four to five times their initial pollution level.
Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group says "the emissions standards were much easier to meet than the crash test." What do you think readers: Is the Rs 1-lakh giving up safety and low emissions for high fuel efficiency?