$2500 - Check out the Tata
the name of the car cracks me up, however the cost and gas mileage
on this little bugger will make everyone take a serious look.
unveiled it's $2,500 Nano with much ado - and with the theme
to "2001: A Space Odyssey" blaring
in the background - in New Dehli.
Tata's been ginning
up hype for the Nano for more than a year, promising that it
would motorize India's masses - hence its nickname, "The
People's Car" - and there's been no end of rumors, leaks and
speculation about it in recent months.
We told you a little about the car a couple of weeks ago, and
today Ratan N. Tata, chairman of the company that bears his name,
filled in some more details. The Nano is 10 feet long, 5 feet wide,
a little more than 5 feet tall and, in our opinion, pretty cute.
C'mon - it's practically smiling.
Tata says the car's got a 623 cc 2-cylinder engine, and the New
York Times, in an excellent story looking at just how Tata built
a $2,500 car (answer - eliminate everything that isn't absolutely
necessary to make it accelerate, turn or stop), says it produces
30 to 35 horsepower. That's less than all but the smallest motorcycles.