Tata Nano - world's cheapest new car is unveiled in India <ul><li>Tata Motors, One of the India's Biggest Car Companies recently launched their long awaited one lakh rupee car in India with the name " Tata Nano ". With the launch of Tata Nano , it became the world's cheapest car . The critics initially derided the concept mainly on the basis of the price </li></ul>target, more so as oil and steel prices rocketed. But Ratan Tata still kept his promise and delivered the Nano almost at his target price, forcing global car makers to take note. In fact, many top automobile giants are now scurrying for their own versions to meet growing environmental and cost concerns.
Specifications of Tata Nano <ul><li>The Standard Variant of the Car has a dealer price of rupees one lakh (US $2500) and is the cheapest car in the world. (Transport costs and Value-Added Taxes exclusive) </li></ul><ul><li>A four-door car that can seat four-five passengers. </li></ul><ul><li>As compared to Maruti 800, it is eight per cent smaller on the outside but on the inside it provides 21 per cent more leg space than the Maruti 800. </li></ul><ul><li>It conforms to all the emission standards as well as the Offset and Side Crash norms followed internationally. </li></ul><ul><li>It is also compliant with the Bharat 3 norm and the Euro 4 norm with respect to keeping pollution at bay. </li></ul><ul><li>A 33-bhp car with a 624 cc engine. </li></ul><ul><li>It will provide a mileage of 23 km/litre. </li></ul><ul><li>The Nano Car will have two variants - a Standard and two Deluxe (Air Conditioned) versions. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no power steering in the car. </li></ul>
The People’s Car, designed with a family in mind, has a roomy passenger compartment with generous leg space and head room. It can comfortably seat four persons. Four doors with high seating position make ingress and egress easy. Design
Unlike other low cost Indian cars, this one is going to have a variomatic gear system. Instead of manual gear box in conventional cars it is coming up as gear less or rather with an automatic gear transmission. This helps to improve the efficiency & mileage by magnifying the torque output. Engine
Fuel Efficiency <ul><li>The People’s Car has a rear-wheel drive, all-aluminum, two-cylinder, 623 cc, 33 PS, multi point fuel injection petrol engine. This is the first time that a two-cylinder gasoline engine is being used in a car with single balancer shaft. </li></ul>
Safety & Comfort <ul><li>By adhering to the fact that less weight requires less power, the 1 lakh car is made of light weighing steel. This has made the Tatas come up with a cheap alternative with out compromising on safety and performance </li></ul>
Controversies Involved <ul><li>Controversies also arose about Tata's planned manufacturing unit for the car in Singur, West Bengal, where the state government of West Bengal has allocated 997 acres (4.03 km²) to Tata Motors. The construction of the car factory on that tract of land will require fertile agricultural land and the expropriation and eviction of ca. 15,000 peasants and agricultural workers. </li></ul>
Critics <ul><li>Among its notable critics are columnists from the New York Times, Newsweek, and several media outlets. Only a few years ago, author and NYT columnist Thomas Friedman wrote that the world was divided into those who want a Toyota Lexus and those who are searching for an olive tree (in his book The Lexus and the Olive Tree). </li></ul>