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08-21-2009 05:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: nano car question

Would you pay $4000.00 for a car like this?

India's Tata Industries# has produced this auto for their domestic market.
I doubt you will see them imported to North America but it does question the value of such machines for the short run urban commute.


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#1 posted 08-21-2009 05:56 PM

yes !

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#2 posted 08-21-2009 05:59 PM

YES ….Just as good as a smart for two a fraction of the price.

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#3 posted 08-21-2009 06:01 PM


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#4 posted 08-21-2009 06:01 PM

Another company over there has come out with a Hybrid to compete with this one as well.
It will sure kick the stuffing out of the export market for used “guzzelers” I suspect.

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#5 posted 08-21-2009 06:31 PM

Yeah, but will it hold 4×8 plywood? :-)

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#6 posted 08-21-2009 06:35 PM


Cars seem high priced as compared to so many other manufactured products. High safety standards seem crazy when you let people drive motorcycles. Legally drive without helmets in some states where it is illegal to drive without seat belts.

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#7 posted 08-21-2009 07:03 PM

Charlie, they must have been reading your mind. ;-)

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#8 posted 08-21-2009 07:08 PM

So, if you have two of these in your garage, is it politically acceptable to compliment you on your “nice Tata’s”? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm . . .

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#9 posted 08-21-2009 07:20 PM

Ha,ha,ha, I wondered when that would get a notice.
Apparently the minister in charge of transportion over there is Sheila Dikshit.


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#10 posted 08-21-2009 07:52 PM

yes, and i really like the look of that hybrid pickup.

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#11 posted 08-21-2009 08:03 PM

No. I’d rather not be bounced all around the freeway when a pickup clips me. I realize these things are essentially roll cages on wheels but in the event of an accident mass wins every time.

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#12 posted 08-21-2009 08:45 PM

i hear you damian. i just bought a minivan because I was worried about our new child in a civic in the event of an accident. At the same time, I feel horribly guilty for what I consider automobile proliferation. Everyone needs to keep getting bigger cars for fear that the person with an even larger car will t-bone them at an intersection. I can’t even imagine what a sequia or suburban would do to one of these (assuming it doesn’t drive right over the top clearing it entirely).

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#13 posted 08-21-2009 09:10 PM

I heard these were selling for seven hundred pounds around eleven hundred dollars maybe by the time the come here or with you the price goes up with us and uk tax.Our governments well, they don’t want such a cheap car to come onto the market and upset standard car sales in the USA and UK and Europe do they?

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#14 posted 08-21-2009 09:21 PM

Physics. You can’t alter the laws of physics.

If a car 4000 lbs hits a car 1000 lbs head on it’s equal to 4:1 ration in weight. The damage is also in that ratio. 3/4 of the energy in the collision is transfered to the smaller mass.

Many small cars have wonderful crash ratings.. when crashed into a wall or other small car. The rating is for that category of car. When everyone is driving a small car, so will I. I hope that occurs soon. I’m holding out for an electric. I’ll be keeping my pickup though.

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#15 posted 08-21-2009 10:14 PM

The car was built for a family of 4 who currently have no means of transportation or just a motorbike or tuk tuk.
Being hit from behind by a truck while on a bike, motorcycle or on foot is about the same damage.
Walking 3-4 miles for groceries or just water on the other hand is a hardship.
When the “Greens” are finished with us here in North America this car will look like al uxuray here too.

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