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(BBC)   Engineers at Indian car maker Tata have been putting the finishing touches to the world's cheapest car. It costs about $2,500, or double that if you have it delivered with a full tank   (news.bbc.co.uk) divider line 281
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2008-06-06 09:37:09 AM  
Tata? Clintoned in the boobies.
 
2008-06-06 09:37:36 AM  
If it performs like the Cherry from China, its only 1 fender-bender away from certain death.
 
2008-06-06 09:39:30 AM  
So India is manufacturing their equivalent of the Trabant?
 
2008-06-06 09:39:49 AM  
Circa 1984 i215.photobucket.com
 
2008-06-06 09:40:05 AM  
Only three wheel nuts per wheel. What could possibly etc etc etc...
 
2008-06-06 09:40:16 AM  
Adobe (new window)! The funny little car that's made of clay.
 
2008-06-06 09:41:28 AM  
...and one windshield wiper.

Read about this one in Automobile magazine. The writer was drooling all over the vehicle.
 
2008-06-06 09:41:30 AM  
"Reducing the number of parts..."

I look at that car and for some reason, I hear Jeremy Clarkson's voice talking about the Peel P50: "...your knees are the crumple zone..."

I don't think I'll be looking at Tatas, thank you.

/Wait a minute, um...
 
2008-06-06 09:41:56 AM  
My goodness, that is an ugly little sucker.
 
2008-06-06 09:42:13 AM  
I don't see this thing passing any safety standards.
 
2008-06-06 09:42:18 AM  
Cherry Crash Test (new window)
 
2008-06-06 09:42:47 AM  
mandrsn1: If it performs like the Cherry from China, its only 1 fender-bender away from certain death.

Or, like any car from China. Google it, ye shalt see.

/BANG, FATAL CRASH
 
2008-06-06 09:42:53 AM  
1.) Of course, Subby means cheapest new car. I paid exactly $1.06 for my first car ( a'77 Toyota Corona) in 1984.

2.) That's Tata is not a car, it's a speed bump.
 
2008-06-06 09:43:52 AM  
Sounds like a golf cart, with more glass and fail.
 
2008-06-06 09:44:39 AM  
Scaryduck: Only three wheel nuts per wheel. What could possibly etc etc etc...

Yes, but think of the saving in nuts alone...

/Does India have a shortage of nuts?
 
2008-06-06 09:44:42 AM  
That's one bodacious Tata!
 
2008-06-06 09:45:09 AM  
I came in here for pics of nice tatas...
 
2008-06-06 09:45:38 AM  
I always see these neat cheap cars in the news, but whenever I go car hunting all I see is lots bloated with hulking SUV's.
 
2008-06-06 09:45:57 AM  
My tata's won't fit in that thing! (Not without some KY gel, anyway)
 
2008-06-06 09:46:21 AM  
And the Tata's from that NY hooker cost double... and just for one night.
 
2008-06-06 09:46:47 AM  
upload.moldova.org

Doesn't feel threatened.
 
2008-06-06 09:47:00 AM  
+1 for headline making fun of the price of gas.
 
2008-06-06 09:47:33 AM  
degreeless: Sounds like a golf cart, with more glass and fail.

This comment: WINS
 
2008-06-06 09:47:38 AM  
obviously Americans wouldn't like it, if it isn't giant we don't want it, but people in other countries, especially ones filled with tuk-tuks would probably see this as a great vehicle...
 
2008-06-06 09:47:45 AM  
mandrsn1: Cherry Crash Test (new window)

The airbag, I not has it.
 
2008-06-06 09:48:29 AM  
BlorfMaster: I always see these neat cheap cars in the news, but whenever I go car hunting all I see is lots bloated with hulking SUV's.

It is because they are deathtraps. The only car this size that does well in crash tests is the Smart Car.
 
2008-06-06 09:48:47 AM  
Accent: I don't see this thing passing any safety standards.

I totally agree with you on that, but on the other hand, motorcycles are perfectly legal, less safe, and not air conditioned. That just seems wrong to me - you can't have this cheap enclosed vehicle unless you remove a wheel and call it a motorcycle.

I wonder what insurance would cost... on one hand, it's a $2500 car, but on the other, good luck walking away from a crash.
 
2008-06-06 09:48:57 AM  
and, given how many miles until it needs to be junked, that's only ~$1 per mile. I, for one, welcome our new monthly disposable car!
 
2008-06-06 09:49:17 AM  
WANT

for golfing.
 
2008-06-06 09:49:39 AM  
Anyone else notice that the volume on that video goes to 11? That's gotta be louder than 10.

Joenewbie
 
2008-06-06 09:50:00 AM  
Tatas, awesome
 
2008-06-06 09:50:17 AM  
Cars like these are a viable option when there is nothing else on the road that is bigger. Factor in SUVs, semi tractor/trailers, and Pickups..... your survival rate become near null.

The main reason that "nomal" cars weigh so much is due to safety equipment and creature comforts. This car is like bringing a knife to a gun fight.
 
2008-06-06 09:50:25 AM  
farm4.static.flickr.com

Welcome to this year's Trabant.
 
2008-06-06 09:50:49 AM  
Do engineers wear anything other than dark slacks and white button up shirts (no tie) with a pen in the pocket?

/little boxes ..... just the same!
 
2008-06-06 09:51:22 AM  
xLizzieBordenx: ...and one windshield wiper.

Read about this one in Automobile magazine. The writer was drooling all over the vehicle.


That'll ruin the finish.
 
2008-06-06 09:51:54 AM  
z.about.com

HAI GUYZ LULZ!
 
2008-06-06 09:51:54 AM  
I'm impressed that a car with a 625-775 gallon tank is that cheap.
 
2008-06-06 09:52:50 AM  
That car looks like a deathtrap.

With that out of the way, it is only 2500 dollars. With gas as high as it is now, instead of trading in your SUV that you are upside down on, you could just buy this for short trips to save some gas.

It is probably safer than a moped, which is the closest comparable vehicle. In a moped, you could probably avoid crashes better because of better braking and acceleration. The tata can carry more people or cargo.

I don't see this replacing the Civic or Prius as a choice daily driver, but the tata has a great place as an affordable second or third vehicle.
 
2008-06-06 09:53:08 AM  
Did some one say Trabant?

www.gunners4life.com
/1 hp
//runs on oats
 
2008-06-06 09:54:08 AM  
joenewbie: Anyone else notice that the volume on that video goes to 11? That's gotta be louder than 10.

That's a feature, plumbed in by Tap-loving BBC techs.
 
2008-06-06 09:54:23 AM  
First thing I thought of, and you guys should suffer 10,000 years of hellish, internet fail for NOT thinking of it. Seriously, no BS, I'm so ashamed.

blog.wired.com
 
2008-06-06 09:57:08 AM  
You would think a 33 hp, two cylinder engine would get better mileage.

Acceleration: 0-70 km/h (43 mph): 14 seconds
Maximum speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)
Fuel economy (combined City + Highway): 20 kilometres per liter (5 L/100 km, 47 US miles per gallon, 56 UK miles per gallon)

I get 38 mpg in my xA - 103 hp and I've had that sucker up to 95 mph. That thing moves for such a little econo box.
 
2008-06-06 09:57:41 AM  
TaTa... looks like poopoo.
 
2008-06-06 09:57:54 AM  
TeddyRooseveltsMustache: HAI GUYZ LULZ!

Is it true that those get less than 30 mpg?

I like them but if I'm going to drive a little toy it'd better get at least 50!
 
2008-06-06 09:59:49 AM  
I'm sorry, but the "Nano" part of the name throws it off for me. I think even "Deci" or "Centi" would be a little more appealing.
 
2008-06-06 09:59:55 AM  
The biggest trouble with this car, aside from it being a deathtrap, is that it has abysmal emissions performance. About the only thing worse for the environment is a Hummer H2... thats on FIRE! So, perhaps this thing will revolutionize transportation for the masses in India. But at what cost?

Whether global warming is science fact or science fiction, I'll leave that for others to debate. The fundamental problem with global pollution isn't us horrible Americans destroying the planet, it's "developing nations" such as India and China who build cars like this, at factories that, well, pollute as much as 100 Hummers on fire.

As horrendous as it might be to believe, the micropenis wielding douche in a Hummer is more environmentally conscious than the peasant driving this thing.
 
2008-06-06 10:00:00 AM  
Silly Indians put the steering wheel on the wrong side!

Seriously though, assuring nearly instant death in an accident will save you a fortune in hospital bills. Maybe in your next reincarnation you will be able to afford a real car.
 
2008-06-06 10:00:14 AM  
Tata is a major manufacturer. Not just of cars, but all kinds of stuff, kind of the GE of India. Joke all ye like, once they get the hang of making US legal cars, they'll be off and running.
 
2008-06-06 10:00:31 AM  
Well it is cheap, but good to know they still didn't skimp out on the luxuries!

www.autoincar.com

..like a steering wheel.
 
2008-06-06 10:01:32 AM  
NYZooMan: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: HAI GUYZ LULZ!

Is it true that those get less than 30 mpg?

I like them but if I'm going to drive a little toy it'd better get at least 50!


I can get close to 500 miles on a tank of gas...

i215.photobucket.com
 
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