Tata Nano, Cheapest Car In the World.

Tata Nano


Launched in March 2009 the Tata Nano even in 2012 is still reported to be the cheapest car in the world. Priced at under £2,000 and around $1500 this is one cheap and nasty car and it looks it.

With no refinements at all, but would you expect any on a dirt cheap vehicle? The Tata Nano definitely fills a gap in the cheap car market.

Tata Nano has a 600cc engine which resembles that of a sewing machine with a top speed of around 60mph. Looking at it, though, you wouldn't want to drive it above 50mph just in case a gust of wind blows it off course into oncoming traffic.

The handling is said to be woolly, to say the least, but nevertheless fun to drive. Modern cars in many ways are just too good and the fun can sometimes be a little removed. If you want to fly by the seat of your pants then this car is for you.

This car is definitely for someone as the group are selling over 10.000 Tata Nano modelsper month.

Tata Nano - Cheapest car in the world.
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It is hard to imagine that a company which produces one of the best ranges of cars in the world could produce such a sub standard product as this. The other thing I find astonishing is why on earth they would want to risk the Jaguar Land Rover Brand on producing this low quality product?

Which would you choose?

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Above you have two cars made by the same company. Built with different markets in mind. Both models are in demand but are at different ends of the spectrum completely. Both products will fill a need for their owners and equally they will provide much pleasure regardless of cost. That is the beauty of filling a need with a product and no doubt Tata Motors believe they are doing just that.

The Tata Nano hasn't been without it's problems since launching in 2009.Recalls for manufacturing faults and faulty starter motors, not to mention fires have all helped to raise concerns over the safety of this little car.

Suspect parts manufacture and cheap materials all help to raise questions over the long term safety of this vehicle.

Proof then, that Tata are no different to any other car manufacturer.They all want to build a car as cheaply as possible and be able to sell for the highest price possible, therefore maximising as much profit potential as they can.

To make such a cheap car and to sell so many there has to be good profit potential in it for them otherwise they wouldn't make them. Equally so with a high brow product such as Jaguar Land Rover Group. No doubt the jewel in the crown for the Tata Group and once a part of British Car making history.

The Verdict

Is that the Tata Nano needs to be more refined, have all of it's problems ironed out even if it means the customer has to pay a little more for it. Price competitiveness cannot be a substitute for safety.

If they can do this then maybe they will have a good product in the form of the Nano.

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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Interesting article. I own a Jag and found out Tata is the parent company now after Ford sold them out...

Voted up

John


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molometer 4 years ago

Interesting hub Steve, the Nano was supposed to be the car to get India on four wheels cheaply. 1 fire could be fluke but 10? something ain't right!

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girltalksshop 4 years ago

The car is cute, but sound dangerous if it catches fire so easily. I don't think I'd take a chance on it, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing this with us...good to know.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

It all boils down to that old saying 'you get what you pay for'. I am a firm believer in that. I do realize not everyone can afford the more expensive models but then those people need to be made aware of the dangers like you show in your Hub.

I will take my huge, red, 4x4 any day over a cheaply made vehicle that will crumple in a crash or catch fire yikes! Very interesting hub Posh :)


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

This car is too small for an active family. It is cute. Perhaps a fire extingusher is needed for emergency.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Interesting hub. I don't think I'd buy one of these, but if you're in the city, just bubbling along from block to block at 30 mpg, maybe it wouldn't be scary. I do drive a small car, and I already have fears of being squashed like a bug...but I love the gas efficiency. haha. I don't want to spontaneously self-combust. Yikes!


mikeq107 4 years ago

Great Hub on a small car...reminds me of the yogo only smaller but just as bad...you get what you pay for...to me that would be like riding a motorcycle one hit your out!!!!

Mike :0)


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

- and I thought the Smart Car was small! Interesting and informative article.


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

In fact I was thinking of buying one because I like the look of it and color availability but if the safety is at stake then I don't need it. Thanks for the warning!


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Zainnisar 4 years ago from Little Island, Heart.

Interesting Hub, Nano will get better but I am still waiting for industry giants that when are they going to invest in small cars as not only India but the whole subcontinent is a huge market for efficient and small cars.


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uncorrectedvision 4 years ago from Indiana

I work with a young man whose family is from India. he is quite proud of Tata Motors and what they have accomplished in such a short time. India is rushing head long into the 21st Century and a automobile that is readily available, easily produced and serviced is essential to putting as many of the 1.2 billion Indian people on wheels as possible.

Interesting Hub. There is a future for the little deathtrap - but maybe a couple of hundred rupees of refinement might make the difference - if only in the form of a fire extinguisher.


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary

Steve, I totally amazed at your knowledge of this car. I admit I've never heard of it before, but chances are I ain't getting myself one after reading this. Thanks. :)


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Thanks everyone for all of your comments. You are awesome.

JS, A jag eh, you name dropper. Hope you like it, the car I mean. I would love one someday.

molometer, thanks for taking a look and commenting, it is very much appreciated. I am sure Mr T will sort out the niggles.

girltalksshop Glad you liked it.

Ardie,Would hate to think of you owning one of these. You need to be safe carrying the kids.

alphagirl, I think it is cute also. That is why I decided to do this hub. Was surprised it is such an accident waiting to happen though.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks for the info. Now I know what car not to buy - the Nano. It's made its way to Latvia and people are interested in it because everything else is so expensive here. However the way people drive here I shudder to think if a whole bunch of them will buy this car what may happen.

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