Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

US To Get Redesigned Tata Nano
The Truth About Cars ^ | 10/15/2012 | Derek Kreindler

Posted on 10/15/2012 6:31:35 PM PDT by nascarnation

Tata CEO Ratan Tata has apparently decided to sell the Tata Nano minicar in the United States, even as Tata lacks though proper sales channel.

In an interview with Automotive News, the company namesake said that a redesigned Nano, with features like traction control, a more powerful engine and power steering, could go on sale at a price below $10,000 in three years time.

But a distribution channel is still a giant question mark, with Tata saying ”We have to give a lot of thought to how we would distribute the car,” and little else. Tata’s remarks came at the opening of a New Jersey-area Jaguar Land Rover dealership


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: automobile; fuel; minicar; tata
Welcome to the world of Baraq's EPA mandated fuel mizers.


1 posted on 10/15/2012 6:31:42 PM PDT by nascarnation
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
Looks like head to head competition with the Smart Car.
2 posted on 10/15/2012 6:37:37 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

At 54mpg, this is what all Peterbilts and Mack trucks will look like in 2025.


3 posted on 10/15/2012 6:39:38 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

I want one. I can put some davits on the back of my Suburban and use the Tata as a land dinghy.


4 posted on 10/15/2012 6:40:07 PM PDT by Flatus I. Maximus (OVERTHROW OBAMA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hinckley buzzard

Actually the “Smart” cars are quite expensive (coming from Mercedes).

I suspect the Nano will be the low price leader unless the Chinese get here first.


5 posted on 10/15/2012 6:40:21 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: hinckley buzzard

Looks like head to head competition with jumping off a bridge or running onto a busy freeway.


6 posted on 10/15/2012 6:41:30 PM PDT by MediaMole
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

Any guy caught driving that, has nano chance of seeing any tatas.


7 posted on 10/15/2012 6:43:10 PM PDT by Husker24
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

Green politics, gas prices, and all else aside, I absolutely cringe to think how one of those things will fare in an accident. It looks the whole car is a crumple zone.

On the plus side, the firefighters won’t need to the Jaws of Life for it, just a good can opener and pair of scissors.


8 posted on 10/15/2012 6:43:33 PM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

Any guy caught driving that, has nano chance of seeing any tatas.


9 posted on 10/15/2012 6:44:08 PM PDT by Husker24
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Husker24

Any guy caught driving that, has nano chance of seeing any tatas.

___________________________________

POST OF THE DAY! POST OF THE DAY!! FUNNY


10 posted on 10/15/2012 6:45:16 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: verum ago

Or save the added cost of a casket, and just bury the whole thing.....


11 posted on 10/15/2012 6:45:21 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Flatus I. Maximus
I want one. I can put some davits on the back of my Suburban and use the Tata as a land dinghy.

Nice.
12 posted on 10/15/2012 6:46:56 PM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

That’s not a car. It’s a flower pot


13 posted on 10/15/2012 6:50:28 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
Or save the added cost of a casket, and just bury the whole thing.....

But then they won't be able to get 20¢ recycling deposit.
14 posted on 10/15/2012 6:50:56 PM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
......a more powerful engine

Going to bring that little sucker up to a 5HP Briggs and Stratton are they?
Hot damn! < /S >

15 posted on 10/15/2012 6:57:37 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
I DONT THINK THEY'RE much good I have serveral a-rattlin' around in the muffler of my CROWN VIC........

They believe they're gliding down the highway....

But the nearer they're destination....

The more they're slip sliding away....


16 posted on 10/15/2012 6:58:13 PM PDT by jimsin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Husker24

Makes a Yugo look like a BMW


17 posted on 10/15/2012 6:59:18 PM PDT by Kolath
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
They could sell them thru the Chinese Chery dealerships and call them Chery Tatas.

(Frankly, anything that looks like a Chery or a Tata better get at least 80mpg)

Chery


18 posted on 10/15/2012 7:03:04 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Dumb or Dumber? Biden or Obama?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
For the curious:
• 37 HP 2 cylinder engine
• rear engine, rear wheel drive
• 4 speed manual transmission
• 55.5 mpg
• 5.3 ft3 trunk, only accessible from inside
• no airbags
• no power steering, air conditioning, radio or CD in base model
• three lugnuts per wheel
• only one side mirror
• has all the graceful styling and passenger dignity of a Segway with tassels
• is notorious for doing this:

19 posted on 10/15/2012 7:04:52 PM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

Oh, why the h3ll not. Around here, they walk around in packs. At least with these things, the rest of us might get a laugh at seeing a clown car in real life. (Of course a better idea would be to stop importing Indians & never import these little death traps. BTW, Indians canNOT weld wrought iron & could not properly thread a screw-in if their lives depended on it)


20 posted on 10/15/2012 7:08:44 PM PDT by KGeorge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: verum ago

“It looks the whole car is a crumple zone.”

All I see is a fantastic way of eliminating environmentalists!


21 posted on 10/15/2012 7:09:46 PM PDT by dalereed
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

Awesome golf cart! (Or death car)


22 posted on 10/15/2012 7:12:19 PM PDT by montag813
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

this is a microcar, not a minicar.


23 posted on 10/15/2012 7:13:56 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Husker24
Any guy caught driving that, has nano chance of seeing any tatas.

OMFG...that is the funniest thing I have read on FR in years!

24 posted on 10/15/2012 7:14:02 PM PDT by montag813
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: verum ago
• 37 HP 2 cylinder engine

37...THIRTY SEVEN!!! No, that is NOT a typo!

25 posted on 10/15/2012 7:16:39 PM PDT by montag813
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: The Cajun

i think the current engine is a 2 cylinder. i don’t knock this car for it’s original intended customer base and locale. us traffic is light years different.


26 posted on 10/15/2012 7:17:09 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Husker24

“Any guy caught driving that, has nano chance of seeing any tatas.”

Guys caught driving that have nano interest in your tatas.


27 posted on 10/15/2012 7:18:30 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
and it passes ALL the front side and rear crash tests... right???
28 posted on 10/15/2012 7:23:56 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dalereed

Crease, crumple, cram! /seinfeld


29 posted on 10/15/2012 7:25:23 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: dalereed

Crease, crumple, cram! /seinfeld


30 posted on 10/15/2012 7:25:41 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: montag813

the original vw beetle cars didn’t have a lot of hp either.


31 posted on 10/15/2012 7:26:43 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Secret Agent Man
Remember way back when, a guy at the shop had a little Japanese car (Honda maybe???) with a two cylinder motorcycle engine in it.
Look out when he was bucking a strong North wind with a passenger, LOL.
32 posted on 10/15/2012 7:28:11 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

This car is much too small to sell successfully in this country. Americans like large Tata’s


33 posted on 10/15/2012 7:33:26 PM PDT by GreenHornet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Cajun

yeah, 4th gear was those little bike pedals between the passenger’s legs.


34 posted on 10/15/2012 7:34:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
It's much more likely you'll get a version of the "Euro Nano", which has a 3-cylinder, a longer wheelbase, AC, and other improvements. The 2-cyl is pretty much an India-only machine. Here's the Euro version:
35 posted on 10/15/2012 7:52:19 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GreenHornet
This car is much too small to sell successfully in this country. Americans like large Tata’s

LOL!!

36 posted on 10/15/2012 7:59:52 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Dumb or Dumber? Biden or Obama?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
Sorry, but I refuse to drive a car with tires smaller than my lawn mower.
37 posted on 10/15/2012 8:06:05 PM PDT by SledgeCS (I will vote for Obama when he admits that his idea of a transparency means "You cannot see it")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
Sort-of looks like

Nanu Nanu

FLY!

38 posted on 10/15/2012 8:31:05 PM PDT by BlueDragon (going to change my name to "Nobody" then run for elective office)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SledgeCS
Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!


39 posted on 10/15/2012 11:38:30 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
I've got shoes bigger than this!"....Arnold...Expendables 2
40 posted on 10/16/2012 12:30:25 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cvengr; nascarnation
This car was designed for the small city roads in India. They would also do very well as small city cars in Italy -- if you go to Rome you'll see tiny cars, but they need to be as the roads were designed 2000 years ago :)

In the US the only markets they have are for inner cities. It would make a lot of sense if one wanted something cheap and small to zip around and parking will be easy!

41 posted on 10/16/2012 1:13:17 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Cvengr; nascarnation

If I’m not mistaken, this car costs $2,000 — maybe $3000


42 posted on 10/16/2012 1:14:01 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Cronos

Perhaps, but on 28Sep12, Obama signed a regulation into effect that ALL cars had to run at 54 mpg by 2025.


43 posted on 10/16/2012 2:36:13 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson