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The Nano - Hits The Road.  
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2797 times:



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/N...s-the-road/articleshow/4305642.cms

Finally the tata nano.the cheapest car hits the road.
Congrats to Ratan tata & his team.
regds
MEL


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User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2768 times:

I want one of this car. Don't know if will be available around here in the Europe. It has an unique design, cheap and it rocks.  thumbsup 

Fatmir



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User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1799 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2759 times:



Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 1):
Don't know if will be available around here in the Europe

If, as they say, it's top speed is 70 km/h, I doubt very much if it will be sold here.

But you are right that it looks real cool. I would love to drive one. MEL, you planning on getting one ?



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User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2750 times:



Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 2):
as they say, it's top speed is 70 km/h

I think it's enough speed driving inside a city. Really could accomplish some daily works. AFAIK Nano will cost around $2000.

Fatmir



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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2707 times:

On the Dutch news they mentioned it would go to Europe around 2011ish. Price is expected to be around 3000 €.


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2701 times:



Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 4):
Price is expected to be around 3000 €.

Why so much? When you do the conversion $2000 isn't as many Euros.
Is the cost of importing one TataNano unit so high to make such a price difference?

I like the design. I find it's a very cute little car.



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User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2675 times:



Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 4):
around 2011ish

Waiting another two years...  Sad
BTW, 3000€, is little high price.

Fatmir



DO FLIGHTS. NOT FIGHTS.
User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

This looks like a cool car.

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 2):
If, as they say, it's top speed is 70 km/h, I doubt very much if it will be sold here.

According to wikipedia, top speed is 120 km/h (75 MPH).

The environmentalist crying about it is basically racism IMO, really ugly stuff. Read about these clowns in today's NYT:

http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/20...rlds-cheapest-car-boon-or-bane/?hp


User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

This source says Nano's top speed is 90 km/h

Quote:
But the NANO top speed is 90 kmph

http://automobile.psyphil.com/tata-nano-motor-vehicle-review/

This other 105 km/h
http://autos.maxabout.com/cvid000054...a_jeh_1_lakh_rupee_car_petrol.aspx

Quote:
Top Speed:105

I wonder which one is exact! It's not any big difference though! Big grin

Fatmir



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User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2134 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2636 times:



Quoting Flighty (Reply 7):
The environmentalist crying about it is basically racism

India's major cities are already reeling from the crush of traffic congestion and suffocating from the pollutants created by the traffic. The availability of an inexpensive personal vehicle, while empowering many to procure one for the first time, will make things a lot worse. I don't understand where the "racism" is in that argument.



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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2585 times:



Quoting WestWing (Reply 9):
I don't understand where the "racism" is in that argument.

It's racist to suggest Indians have no personal right to a 600cc car, while the average man and woman in this country has a 3,000cc car or two. That was the thrust of the NYT article. The best response to this was from Mr. Tata himself: He said he found it "interesting" that people who already own cars, and drive them, would condemn Indians for doing the same thing, as if they do not even have 1/5 of the human rights that educated western environmentalists have.

As to air pollution in Indian cities, the Nano is so clean that it will probably improve air quality in India, not harm it. The real concern is about greenhouse gases, which is where global equity comes in.


User currently offlineGeekydude From China, joined Apr 2004, 401 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2571 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Thread starter):
Finally the tata nano.the cheapest car hits the road.
Congrats to Ratan tata & his team.

Indeed, big congratulations to Tata Motors and the Indian auto industry! Hope the Nano will prompt the Indian government to upgrade their infrastructure.

While this is no doubt a great achievement, let's not kid ourselves: more cars will lead to more congestion and pollution and what not. For a developing country with a huge population base and an ever ballooning middle class, the environmental problems resulting from more cars are not to be dismissed or slighted. It's true that we(developng countries) must not repeat the dirty and unsustainable paths set by the current industrialized countries, for our own good if nothing else.

I am big fan of the electrification of vehicles. To my great joy, in my country, China, domestic auto makers (Chery and BYD) have already rolled out mass production models of long range all electric and plug-in hybrid cars. The governement is considering giving huge subsidies(as much as 8000 USD/car I heard) to consumers if they purchase electric or hybrid models. I see this development a very good sign, but further upgrades in the electricity and road infrastructure must be put into place before electric and plug-in hybrids can turn into a roaring success.

Here is piece I found on the Chery all electric model:
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2009/02/chery-launches.html

A couple of videos about the BYD, and this car is said to have a 4-star equivalent crash rating.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XRlCmT37FE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5bLKVGO9QU

I wish the Nano great success, but I believe the long term solution is better roads and electrification.



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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2504 times:

That car is the PERFECT size for Bermuda...but will our government consider them? Highly unlikely, as they lack the 'cool factor' that the oversized behemoths that currently are being driven here.....
Come on, the island is 20 miles long and a mile wide at its widest point....the roads are narrow and very winding....do we really need SUVs? um...no.



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User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

I want one too!  praise  It's sooo CUTE! A real People's Car ( 'Volkswagen'  Wink )

To clarify, The Indian Nano is priced at $2500 and will only do 70KMPH, which is plenty for city roads. The Export model Nano Europa is priced higher: it has more creature comforts and meets EU specs. It should do a max of 145KMPH.

As for pollution complainers, the car does 67 mpg and will replace all those 2-stroke vehicles that foul the air.


User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2480 times:



Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 1):
Don't know if will be available around here in the Europe

The Nano will be modified for European driving conditions and to meet Euro safety standards.

Big version: Width: 660 Height: 440 File size: 22kb
2009 Tata Nano


"For Europe (and potentially for the United States if the car makes it to our shores), the Nano Europa (when it arrives in 2011) will have a bigger, 934-cc, 60-hp three-cylinder engine and have a top speed of 95 mph, a five-speed automatic, a wider track, disc brakes, ABS, stability control, improved driving dynamics and ride, better equipment and a finished interior, along with driver and passenger airbags. It will also be slightly longer and comply with all safety and crash-test standards, while still being the cheapest car in the world at less than $ 5,000."

Source: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20090323/CARREVIEWS/903239997



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2453 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Thread starter):
The Nano - Hits The Road.

For a moment there I thought you were talking about this...



Fugly...but still a cool car though. Wonder when Jeremy and Co. will get it on Top Gear.

But is this what India really needs now? The roads are already overcrowded and polluted...now imagine a few million of these on the road. And where is the space to park? *shudder*  boggled 



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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2444 times:



Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 15):
But is this what India really needs now? The roads are already overcrowded and polluted...now imagine a few million of these on the road. And where is the space to park? *shudder*

If the Nano helps to improve safety and decrease the number of traffic deaths, that's a good thing.



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2382 times:



Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 15):
. Wonder when Jeremy and Co. will get it on Top Gear.

I see an episode involving three indian build cars, with May buying the nano and them racing from Mumbai to Delhi or something to that effect.


User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2324 times:

Here is a decent article on the Nano - seems like Tata's engineers are no slouches...

From the Times of India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/B...real--cool/articleshow/4307603.cms


User currently offlineRsg85 From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

ive seen some amazing videos of smart cars converted to RWD powered by mid mounted motorbike engines and im guessing soon we will see similar setups with these tata's. onsidering thier already RWD and very cheap they could make for a very fun little project drag car. If they come to Australia i know what my next project will be

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2234 times:



Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 2):
MEL, you planning on getting one

No.....I'm happy with my Ford Ikon. Smile

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 2):
If, as they say, it's top speed is 70 km/h

I read some place 115-120km/hr.

Quoting Flighty (Reply 10):
As to air pollution in Indian cities, the Nano is so clean that it will probably improve air quality in India, not harm it

True....Might even replace the Autorickshaws on the road.Concern would be increased trafic jams.

regds
MEL.



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User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2206 times:
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Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5):
Why so much? When you do the conversion $2000 isn't as many Euros.
Is the cost of importing one TataNano unit so high to make such a price difference?

It's the same cause why an E-Class Mercedes sells for US$ 30.000 in the US while the exact samle model won't be available for less than € 40.0000 on the german market! It's the market that dictates the price. Always squeeze out the max you can get.

[Edited 2009-03-25 04:41:55]


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User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1833 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2198 times:



Quoting Rsg85 (Reply 19):
ive seen some amazing videos of smart cars converted to RWD

The smart is already RWD. It makes sense, the engine being in the back already.


User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2183 times:



Quoting JJJ (Reply 22):
The smart is already RWD. It makes sense, the engine being in the back already.

While the smart costs quite as much as a VW Polo.

Regds
jush

I still wonder if they manage to do the price for Europe and if they can get all the safety stuff in that car to make it.... well... a bit safe.

Regds
jush



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2176 times:



Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 4):
On the Dutch news they mentioned it would go to Europe around 2011ish. Price is expected to be around 3000 €.



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5):
Why so much? When you do the conversion $2000 isn't as many Euros.
Is the cost of importing one TataNano unit so high to make such a price difference?

Simple solution here; buy a one way ticket to India, buy a Nano for $2000, fuel up and drive it back to Europe  bigthumbsup 


Dan  Smile



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25 Jush : Well that would be one hell of a motherf*cking trip. Jesus Christ. Better get some spare parts. Regds jush
26 Comorin : Please read the link in my post above for the facts - The Europa has ABS, is bigger and has various enhancements to make it safe in Europe.
27 JJJ : It's a Mercedes, after all....
28 N867DA : I hope cities like Bangalore build roads for this thing! They're clogged already, and that's with scooters, autos, buses, and a few cars! I have a fee
29 Post contains links and images FatmirJusufi : LOL Nice tip to buy a Nano. I was thinking what will be my trip and there's my conclusion. New Delhi Karachi Shiraz Baghdad Damascus Adana Alanya Ant
30 Jush : It is just a rubbish one. Much like the A(ss)-class
31 JJJ : It doesn't matter, you're paying the badge.
32 Signol : Cool trip But how about going: India Pakistan China Khazakstan Russia Europe? That would be cool! signol
33 FatmirJusufi : New Delhi - Of course I will get there to buy my Nano. Karachi - Watching a cricket game. Shiraz - I always wanted to visit Shiraz. It's beautiful ci
34 PlymSpotter : I'd go through Russia, it would be too much of a pain to go via Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran for me visa wise. At least in the Nano you couldn't get
35 Post contains images Cadet57 : And the first time some fromage-sniffing parisian gets clipped by a garbage truck, expect sales to go down faster than Ted Kennedy at the Sizzler. (n
36 Bok269 : The E-class starts at more than $50k here. The only reason the Nano would have to be so expensive here is that it will have more than just some seats
37 Cadet57 : And a cupholder for every passenger, A/C, CD, power windows, keyless entry, xm radio...
38 HAWK21M : Safety features/emmission standards are catered too....Extra feature are more of comfort & luxury. regds MEL.
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