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2007-06-20 11:27:42 AM  
For the Indian market. In the USA it will be stripped down with no features and 25000$
 
2007-06-20 11:48:43 AM  
Nissan already developed the $3000 car. It's called a 4 year-old Sentra.
 
2007-06-20 11:50:12 AM  
Man what is that junk all over the road behind me?

Oh, it's my car. Dammit.
 
2007-06-20 11:50:16 AM  
Is it recycled story day on fark again?
 
2007-06-20 11:50:18 AM  
they are yugos with an Earl scheib paint job
 
2007-06-20 11:50:51 AM  
markie_farkie: Nissan already developed the $3000 car. It's called a 4 year-old Sentra.

I was going to come in here and say something about a ten year old Honda Accord, and how it will likely have a longer useful lifetime than a new $3000 Nissan, but markie_farkie nailed it, pretty much.
 
2007-06-20 11:51:35 AM  
That $100 laptop guy is an arrogant douche with a God complex.
 
2007-06-20 11:52:39 AM  
No wonder their execs don't get bonuses.
 
2007-06-20 11:53:10 AM  
They've always had a $3,000 car.

They just sell it to us for $18,785
 
2007-06-20 11:53:17 AM  
GIS for "$3000 car" turned up:

farm1.static.flickr.com

I lol'd
 
2007-06-20 11:53:45 AM  
I think the 240z was about $3400 new.
 
2007-06-20 11:54:04 AM  
...Ghosn, also chief executive at Renault, has consistently met or outpaced his own targets...

What's that phrase -- ' the soft bigotry of low expectations' or something like that???
 
2007-06-20 11:57:34 AM  
Demand for cheap cars has heated up in India, with domestic automaker Tata Motors Ltd. recently announcing plans to make a car for 100,000 rupees, or $2,500.

Tata Motors? I lol'd
 
2007-06-20 11:58:53 AM  
I'm not all that impressed with Nissan either, but when was the last time you heard of an American Board of Executives not take there bonuses (usually in the millions) because they failed to meet their projections.
 
2007-06-20 11:59:51 AM  
Pete, please meet Repeat... scroll down for Nissan story about execs not taking bonuses... almost the same info in that story.
 
TWX
2007-06-20 11:59:56 AM  
Seeing that pic of the BMW SUV and the letter reminds me of the badly-parked cars that I've parked my $700, no straight body panelled Nissan pickup about two inches next to. It's one of those with white paint in the era when the paint rubs on to other things really easily too.
 
2007-06-20 12:00:22 PM  
Honest Bender - I lol'd too, but only because I'm not ballsy enough to do what they did...
 
2007-06-20 12:00:52 PM  
You know, i think i read something about going back in time...
and that i've only tried this once before.... safety... not...

/link Yugo pic
 
2007-06-20 12:04:10 PM  
"Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn told shareholders Wednesday that the Japanese automaker's board members will forego their bonus pay to take responsibility for poor performance."

~WTF???
 
2007-06-20 12:04:22 PM  
TWX

That's one thing I miss about my old jalopy. Dented doors, dented front bumper, rear bumper heavily damaged. Even though it was a puny car, nobody dared fark with me. "See what happened last time somebody cut me off?"
 
2007-06-20 12:04:36 PM  
Seriously, I'd buy the Indian car just because of the name.
Tata.
Giggity, giggity, giggity.

My husband said I look hawt!
your husband is a tool.
 
2007-06-20 12:07:15 PM  
I hate it when I pull into a parking deck and there's all these cars parked askew, it's like the domino effect. One time I took my wife to the dollar theatre in a BMW X3 that I had just inherited from my dead grandmother. I had to straddle a white line, but so was everyone else, so it all evened out. Anyway, we went to see "300" which was really, really long. By the time we got back out to the parking deck, all the clusterfarked cars had moved and people were parking normally again. Naturally, this made me stand out like a sore thumb, but "no biggie," I thought.

Until I saw the note.
 
2007-06-20 12:07:16 PM  
This is not rocket science.

www.cresaptownvfd.org

www.careos.com

www.philseed.com
 
2007-06-20 12:08:26 PM  
People wouldn't have to park like tards if parking spaces weren't so farking small!
 
2007-06-20 12:09:02 PM  
I thought the comment about Nissan's logo was pretty funny. Isn't their logo just.. the name of the company in a generic font?
 
2007-06-20 12:09:35 PM  
I hate people who take up multiple spaces, especially if it's somewhere space is a premium, like a parking garage.
I can forgive it though if you're parking in the back third of a mall parking lot and you're inconviencing nobody.
 
2007-06-20 12:10:13 PM  
markie_farkie
Nissan already developed the $3000 car. It's called a 4 year-old Sentra.


Funny but a very good point actually. Why would someone buy a low end car new? You could buy it used and it would be even less, or buy a "real" car used and still get a good value.

Buying a cheap car new is one of those things that makes absolutely no sense.
 
2007-06-20 12:10:27 PM  
You can't sell a $3000 car in the US. You need more than $3000 in electronics to make a car pass the emissions requirements for new cars.

/have to wonder how many people drive 20 year old cars because they can't afford new cars, thus screwing over the envornment more than if they drove one of these $3000 cars.
 
2007-06-20 12:11:02 PM  
neener neener: People wouldn't have to park like tards if parking spaces weren't so farking small!

You're one of those guys that always parks a full size SUV or a minivan in the "Compact Car Only" spaces at the restaurant around the corner from me, aren't you?
 
2007-06-20 12:11:50 PM  
raversuck: WTF???

Accountability. They're in charge. When they screw up, they want to be penalized for it.

The real question is when the fsck we'll see that kind of anti-finger pointing at US companies. I suspect it'll be sometime after hell freezes over.


BTW, was it Nissan or Mitsubishi who got the contract to perform all the engineering of Chrysler's new small cars (Caliber, Avenger, etc.)?
 
2007-06-20 12:11:51 PM  
Nissan kicks ass. Well not the whole line, but most of the cars and trucks are good. The specs usually top Honda and Toyota. They will have more hybrids and fuel efficent cars out soon. They already have the Altima and Versa. They will do better next year.

I'd buy a 3K car, make a nice toy.

/skyline ftw
 
2007-06-20 12:11:54 PM  
I commute 80 miles each day, and my six year old Sentra has 142,000 miles on it. Other than routine maintenance, I have never had to have any work done to the car. It looks like crap, but it gets me where I need to be.
 
2007-06-20 12:12:08 PM  
Goimir is right.

$3k barely covers the cost of all of our lovely government-mandated safety systems. That's the cost of 4 airbags, which is considered pretty normal these days. Sometimes 8 airbags or more...
 
2007-06-20 12:13:39 PM  
Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn told shareholders Wednesday that the Japanese automaker's board members will forego their bonus pay to take responsibility for poor performance.

Wow. Imagine that.
 
2007-06-20 12:17:37 PM  
Goimir
/have to wonder how many people drive 20 year old cars because they can't afford new cars, thus screwing over the envornment more than if they drove one of these $3000 cars.


I've got a 15 year old car, but it's a Honda Accord, and it passes Marylands emission standards by a factor of 100 (and by "passes", I mean "decimates").

/too bad the thing has a terrible turning radius! I can NEVER park in a spot on the first try. It's always pull in, reverse a lil' bit, then finish pulling in.
//I don't have any problems parking my '94 civic.
 
2007-06-20 12:19:08 PM  
"I think the 240z was about $3400 new."

don't you mean 240sx?
 
2007-06-20 12:19:56 PM  
$3,000 car in India? Everywhere else that's called a Rickshaw.
 
2007-06-20 12:21:24 PM  
KarentheJimSlayer: Man what is that junk all over the road behind me?

Oh, it's my car. Dammit


You must drive an american car then.

raversuck: Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn told shareholders Wednesday that the Japanese automaker's board members will forego their bonus pay to take responsibility for poor performance."

~WTF


That would never fly in the US. They have to have 4K employees get the axe.
 
2007-06-20 12:24:06 PM  
Goimir: "You can't sell a $3000 car in the US. You need more than $3000 in electronics to make a car pass the emissions requirements for new cars...have to wonder how many people drive 20 year old cars because they can't afford new cars, thus screwing over the envornment more than if they drove one of these $3000 cars."

I doubt it. When you factor in the energy needed to manufacture an automobile, plus the entire industrial process leading to the factory (mining and refining ore, cracking petroleum for all the plastics, transporting all the parts to an assemby point, etcetera), the people driving 20 year old cars are at worst breaking even on "screwing over the environment."

I'd bet people driving beaters are actually more environmentally-friendly than these pompous fools driving around in their hybrids crammed full of Ni-Cd batteries and toxic electronics.

If all cars made were simple, reliable, easily-repaired, and robust ca. 1950 designs, the overall environmental damage would probably be far less. Contemporary automobiles are too complex, too comfy, and too shoddily-built. Basically, a new car is a pile of junk as it sits on the showroom floor.
 
2007-06-20 12:24:45 PM  
Anyway, we went to see "300" which was really, really long.


No, it's only 117 minutes. LOTR is a long movie. Apocalypse Now is a long movie. 300 is only as long as two episodes of Sopranos.
 
2007-06-20 12:27:37 PM  
In related news: Nissan is planning to help India with the population problem.

Nissan exec: "We can make a car for $3000, it will not pass safety or emissions standards in any western country and will no doubt result in many deaths, but, who cares? Have you seen any Indian people? We have evidence that they are both brown and poor."
 
2007-06-20 12:27:38 PM  
neener neener: People wouldn't have to park like tards if parking spaces weren't so farking small!

The parking space isn't small. Your vehicle is just oversized. Buy a reasonably sized vehicle, retard, and you won't have problems fitting into spots.

BTW, we know the size of a vehicle is inversely proportional to the size of the owner's weener. You're not fooling anyone.
 
2007-06-20 12:27:47 PM  
I don't count a car as "fuel efficient" if it doesn't get over 40mpg. I'm sad that the Versa doesn't get that kind of mileage.
 
2007-06-20 12:29:47 PM  
Buy American.
 
2007-06-20 12:30:21 PM  
I miss the old chrome bumpers. The ones mounted on honest to god shock absorbers. You can t-bone a Civic and total it, the most you are going to need to do to your car is buff out the paint. If you did somehow mess it up, $100 at the junkyard and two hours to swap them out and you were good as new.

Now you touch another car and you need the bumper cover, the foam 'consumable' crush zones, and the mounts replaced.

As for taking up two spaces, it's fine as long as you aren't doing it in a crowded parking lot. If there are empty spaces all around you, why not.
 
2007-06-20 12:30:25 PM  
canyoneer
I'd bet people driving beaters are actually more environmentally-friendly than these pompous fools driving around in their hybrids crammed full of Ni-Cd batteries and toxic electronics.

Absolutely true. However, if you're in the market for a car you should buy the most fuel efficient vehicle in your price range, used or new. Some people want new cars.

And as for the batteries and electronics, those can be easily reclaimed and recycled. How are you planning on reclaiming and recycling your tailpipe emissions?
 
2007-06-20 12:30:38 PM  
raversuck: "Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn told shareholders Wednesday that the Japanese automaker's board members will forego their bonus pay to take responsibility for poor performance."

Respect for that.
 
2007-06-20 12:31:58 PM  
Hey, at least it's not Ford or Chevy the one that is designing the car.

/American cars suck ass.
//Former 1994 Ford Exploder owner
///Current 1996 Honda Accord Ex owner. Best Car EVER!
 
2007-06-20 12:33:21 PM  
Just bought a brand new Toyota Yaris hatchback for $13k. Power everything, peppy engine, plenty of leg/head room (I'm 6-2), nice stereo, etc..

Cars are like computers, they keep getting better and less expensive.
 
2007-06-20 12:35:28 PM  
Buy American.

No.
 
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