Monday, 23 March 2009

Tata Nano launched

Due to be released in late '08 but delayed by protests over the land acquired to build the manufacturing plant on, the world's cheapest car is now available to the man on the Mumbai omnibus... well, to an extent anyway. Orders are expected to exceed 500,000 in the first production year, but the dedicated factory won't actually be finished for another year or so, meaning that production will be closer to 50,000 units.

Conceived to provide transport for the regularly-sighted 'family of four on a motorbike', we're yet to see whether India's already clogged infrastructure will cope with a significant-scale switch from two to four wheels. Still, £1400-odd for a new car isn't bad, is it?

Tata are also planning a 'Nano Europa' model for Western markets in 2011. It'll include much-improved safety features over the domestic model - read into that what you will.

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