For months there has been speculation on how it will look, what it will be called, what it will have (and won’t), how it will harm our environment, how it will congest our roads, whether Ratan Tata will really be able to match his promise of a one-lakh-rupee car and so on. The Tata Nano is now here and this was how it was unveiled. It’s a 4-seater with a two-cylinder, aluminium, 33 bhp, 625 cc rear engine. It is 3.1 metres long, 1.5 metres wide, 1.6 metres tall. It has no power steering, no power windows, no air-conditioner, and will give about 20 km to the litre. Tata says it will create less pollution than a two-wheeler and that it has 21% more space inside than a Maruti 800.
Simple questions: do you like the Tata Nano? And how many will you buy?!
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Yesss, 1 for myself and 1 for the little friend who lives down the lane. :)
Since Ratan Tata who is 21 per cent bigger than I am can fit into it, I should be able to fit into it. But can it be folded and put into the trunk of my bigger car so that I can have the best of both worlds?
I saw Mr Tata tell a BBC correspondent who asked what impact the Tata Nano car would have on already-congested cities 10 years from now and all he could come up with was a homily. He said it was not as if the Tatas would be making millions of cars (“we don’t have resources for that”) and he said people were talking as if India comprised only these cities. When I look at the Nano I fear for the Reva which costs three times as much.
BTW, what’s the EMI for a 48-month loan to buy the Nano?
This must be the biggest blunder that Tata has ever made. Every Tom Dick and Harry will buy this car.. But what about the profits..?? I dont think they can even make a penny out of this. And if you look at this 2 yrs down the lane.. traffic congesion and pollution in cities will be a major issue!!
I guess we should leave those balance sheet calculations to Mr Tata ;)
Every small stuff we consume/use (vegs, fruits, clothes …everything) results in carbon production somewhere somehow….Hopefully people wont start saying that poor should eat only one meal-a-day….should buy only one set of cloth per year etc. from current level of ‘there should not be car for poor!!!!!’
This will be like another autorickshaw on the road. 33bhp for a four wheeler is bloody underpowered. I now take an hour to hour and a half to commute 25 km in Mumbai, courtesy the rickshaws and stoneage fiat taxis. These will slow us down by another half an hour or more.
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Only Tata’s Can Do this!! It looks like an Govt. scheme. Car for alllllllll!!!! The On road cost may Touch upto 25K more. & its just 624 CC, with no AC, No Power steering, and forget Power windows. The design is interesting. Its reminds me of an age old, Popularly known as “Kappe Kar”.
But, its tooo early to say to buy, or byee!!!
After IT and BT congested Bangalore roads, now a Nano ?
Looks like a sophisticated and miniature version of the Ambassador car with no power steering, no radio, no a/c,no power windows in the base model. Will definitely give jitters for the Maruti 800 sales.
With the existing traffic congestion in the country, and this car being bought by a lot of people because of its pricing, I guess the body/paint shop owners will make a fortune repairing the dents on cars like these.
But compared to the Pukilands indigenous car (which was nothing more than a improvised Golf cart) this has much better looks and hope performs as promised.
Let’s be real – traffic issues are mainly due to the lack of planning from our disgusting political leaders. Let’s not blame industries for everything.
Tata is very clear about his target customers – those families riding a scooter or motor bike with wife on the back seat holding a baby and a kid on the gas tank!! They have no a/c, no airbags, no radio…nothing. They would be more than happy to travel in a car!
Tatas are true nationalists and one among our very few honest industrialists. Let us give them a big hand.
for me, which i always dreamed to have a car, this is my dream coming true. what u r trying to say, is that only the rich ones have the right to use the roads and to crowd them?
i strongly support tata’s iniative
I wish TATA had more social commitment then bringing a car for 1 lakh ! What pirpose will it serve in the urban chaos. It would have been far better if TATA had brought an electric car for the same price, then one would have readily boght one as the other option Reva is far more expensive. Let us hope, Govt. will ban Auto’s in Major Cities and allow only nano and this may improve the situation a bit.
I doubt that these vehicles will make the roads any worse. lets face it, if everyone had a motorcycle instead of a car how many accidents do you think there would be on busy streets? And accidents means tail backs and real conjestion. it certainly won’t reduce ques at crossings but atleast its emissions are lower than the 2-stroke guts they’d buy otherwise. And i’d expect that they’d pay double to get A/C and electric windows etc, putting it almost on par with the riva (which is almost twice and thirsty too) so most still won’t afford the extra polluting models.
This car is a wonderful technological marvel. Hats off to the scientists at Tata. They have engineered a bare-bones marvel. I have read the research reports. It is exactly like a golf-car of our USA. You know when rich people play golf they will first hit the ball then sit in golfcar and travel to the place where the ball fell, that car. Meaning no safety feature, underpowered, maximum 100kmph etc. Instead of manufacturing this from scratch, Tata can simply contact all the golf courts in USA & import the old golfcars & repair it and sell it :)
Now what are problems with this car ? Tata has said he hopes that middleclass Kannadiga familyman travelling with 1 wife & 2 children on Chetak Bajaj scooter in rain on Magadi road, can instead sit comfortably in this Nano car. Ok, but we all know about our Indians. That Bajaj scooter will then be passed on from father to the eldest kid, who will take his girlfriend from Mount Carmel pillion, then we will go to Baskin Robbins icecream parlor on MG Road and then we will sit in dark Galaxy theatre or dark Rex theatre and watch sex movie I mean Amritraj Brothers softporn English movie, and when those hot scenes come we will quickly steal a kiss and I will grope her under the frock and she will whisper faster, faster! Afterwards I will drive her to Cubbon Park and share a ciggie and kingfisher beer and then eat a corn cob to mask the odour and then I will drop her in Basavanagudi under a lamppost about 2 furlongs from her house ah those glorious days of 1980s will they ever come back!!!
Ok enough nostalgia basically the Nano will become a first car for the poor people who already have scooter or motorbike, which they will never give up. It will become a second car for the rich people who already have Maruti or Indica, also which will not be given up. Then for Murthy & co, it will be like 100th car, he will give it as present to his maid servant’s son if that chap gets NIIT certificate. So instead of Tata’s dream ie. car replacing scooter, you will get Tata’s nightmare ie. car plus scooter plus many more cars plus many many more scooters ( since if you introduce this car at only 1 lakh, automatically value-minded Kannadigas will say I can get 1 full car at 1 lakh, why scooter price why so high ? Then scooter walas will be forced to drop scooter price, then bicycle price will also fall etc etc. ) Soon Magadi road will be choked with all manner of automobiles. Even 4 year old toddler will be standing there in traffic jam on his tricycle, with his NIIT certificate for Infy interview in back pocket. Then what you will do Tata ? You will say Tata, Bye Bye and go away to Holland Switzerland in helicopter, but we will have to clear up the numerous casualities on the road. Where will we bury all the dead pedestrians and drivers that so many vehicles will produce ? Then Tata will make a cheap 1 lakh rupee morgue, you drop 1 lakh dead bodies into it and press one button, poof! all 1 lakh bodies reduced to 1 teacup of ashes. Yella num hanebaraha.
Agree with T Shetty. The government has failed to do the basic job of providing the infrastructure, why blame the Tatas for trying to fulfill the dream of a large section of the population. The job of a car is to get you from point A to point B, the other things come later.
I am looking forward to traffic breakdown in Bangalore. At least then maybe our shameless leaders will do something about the infrastructure. Or maybe people like the Tatas should be allowed to run our roads for a profit. Things can only get better.
I don’t see most motorbike riders shifting to Tata Nano. On a four stoke two wheeler you still get 40 plus km a litre and you can buy one at half the cost. The averageIndian lower middle class family will not spend 50k more for a four wheeler and compromise on mileage by almost half. Also Tata Nano with VAT, registration, road tax etc. will be more than a lakh.
we are speaking only about the cost of car and traffic jams. what about parking space?
I believe Tata has something that no one else can or even dare to try. They have not only set a new record (which is almost next to impossible to be broken by any company anywhere in the world) but also given hope to millions of indians that they can own a car also and car driving and splashing rain water on others is not only the birth right of the rich. I am sure many people who own a bike today will buy a NANO not only for the price and prestige but also the proud feeling that even they can own a car…
Just wait for Tata to launch a 10 lakh aeroplane!
If the Tatas had brought an electric car at this price then it would have been an international revolution. That would have started the phase out of the petrol- deisel vehicles.
Perhaps Nano is something Tatas’ will regret years down the lane..Perhaps.
Ratan Tata says his next big thing is technology that will purify potable water. Wish this has preceded the Nano.
The competition will either create their own low cost cars or compete with Nano by bringing down prices. Bad news either way. Wonder what’s in store for the 3 lakh plus Reva
yes, i would buy 2 one for me and one for my aunty
but we live lin australia and we need more infomation about the ca and how to buy them
please let me know
@Just another scientist : That was just too funny, LMAO
@Tata : Great job saar
I’ll buy one! My friends all want one! But we live in Seattle, Washington, USA, and auto companies keep mass producing over-sized gas hogs.
Bring the Tata Nano to the US!
I can’t believe what I am reading. Are you people retarded? How could you say that this car is a bad idea, or not good for consumers or environment? I would trade my 8 cylinder and 6 cylinder car and truck for just one of these cars in a heart beat! If American auto makers made a comprable car I would gladly buy one. But the truth is they wont!
I read about this in the local newspaper. I thought first, I buy four of these cars. I thought “MDI has done it”. I am dissappointed but I am stil full of hopes. I ran an Renault 5 GTI in the eighties, this car had the same volume as the nano tata now, it had also no nonsense like AC, power steering, electric windows, etc….it consumed one liter gasoline on 20 Km with four adult european (70 kg) people in it at top speed 130km/h avg speed 120km/h. urban and city drive at 19.2 km/l . So the nano is dissappointing. the price isn’t. Next step is hopefully what Andy says “Ratan Tata says his next big thing is technology that will purify potable water. Wish this has preceded the Nano”. Well Andy the nano is the same size as the MDI. Who is developped in France with a non polluting even beter “an polluted air cleaning technologie” from wich I am sure everyone can drink the water coming out of the exhaust. Expecialy in countrys with high humidity does this air driven car have much clear water exhaust, cleaner as the air that we breath. As Mr. Negro succeeds toghether with tata and the developments(hard road and people tests) to be made at the nano, then we all(the whole world) can profit from a cleaner environment and we all can come to pace and peace(at the middle east). To What Aashadabhoothi Says: From something to electricity to batteries and to electric motors is a long way “and for now” ineffective.
From someting to compressed air and driving is most cost effective.
I hope that tata succeeds to bring drinking water by every car that passes ipo leaving stinking gasses. Please support the superior thinking of these inventors bussinessman. Let a country as India devellop themselves and help “all thogether solve” the biggist problem of George Bush the little man who can’t, and can’t do with al the anxious(affraid) leaders toghether on the whole world. Let a big nation rise and save the world.
I have two married children and i would surrely buy six “air nano’s” even if the price is triplled. I will work and get loan (I work and have no loan whatsoever). And I give five of them away “for our future”. In the end for the benefit for all living things on earth.
to Sunil Sharma Says: “Volkswagen or translated peoples-car, known as the film herbie, also a no nonsense car, brought al lot of people back in the economical world, and let a lot of people enjoy to discover the world.
I Agree with T Shetty. The government has failed to do the basic job of providing the infrastructure(all governments has failed to draw laws to let people decide buying good things even abroud), why blame the Tatas for trying to fulfill the dream of a large section of the population. The job of a car is to get you from point A to point B, the other things come later. And that is the basic thing for all normal people!.
I think the price of this tata is only reachable if the whole world can support the ingeniousy of the project. So buy one now and buy then the better once they are on the market.
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Make a buy all toghether section and let’s pay someone to ship all the needs
Yes Now the dream of a common people to ride a car comes true Due
YES OBVIOUSLY WE WILL BUY 2 OF NANOS
ONE FOR ME AND ONE FOR MY FRIEND PRAMOD
AND NANO IS INCREASING THE LIVING STANDARD
OF A COMMON PEOPLE.I REALLY VERY GLAD AND
AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF THIS THEN I LL COME
TO MY OFFICE BY MY OWN NANO I NEED NOT TO
BRING MY FATHER’S LANCER OR MY MAMAS SWIFT…
I want to buy a NANO as that’s the car I can afford.