Sunday, January 13, 2008

Cheap Car Brings Hope To All Except The Environmentalists

Tata Motors revealed their latest project that's billed as the world's cheapest motor car in a car show in Delhi.

The Tata Nano, a four-door five-seater car will sell for 100,000 rupees or $2,500 (£1,277) it has a 33bhp, 624cc, engine at the rear that's powered by a hamster wheel, no air conditioning, no electric windows , no power steering and no cigarette lighter.

A deluxe model that has a radio/cassette will also be available.

Indian car sales are predicted to more than quadruple to $145bn by 2016 and they may be out-sourcing the manufacturing to China.

"The car is a safe, affordable all weather transport - a people's car like the German Volkswagen , designed to meet all safety standards and emissions laws and accessible to all" said Company chairman Ratan Tata.
The cars can be fitted with side platforms and handrails so an extra 20 or so people can cling to the sides and sit on the roof assuming they don't fall through the cardboard and plastic hull. With a good wind at its back it would average about 50 miles to the gallon and drivers are advised to push them up step hills rather than drive them.
Environmentalists are complaining about the impact so many cars will have on the already congested roads but they aren't the ones on bicycles and scooters in the 3rd world driving through raw sewage .

Ravi Vangala, of Hyderbad, India, said: "I congratulate Tata for his dream, and I will definitely buy the Tata Nano car, I used to buy Hugos, Ladas and Skodas and now I shall have a cool looking chick magnet car, if its rockin don't come a knockin."


Anonymous said...

At that price, you could buy one for each foot, and strap them on.

Meat Head said...

Nanu Nanu!