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Tata starts exporting world's cheapest car
Marketwatch ^ | May 9, 2011 | Santanu Choudhury

Posted on 05/09/2011 6:26:19 AM PDT by MulberryDraw

NEW DELHI (MarketWatch) -- Tata Motors Ltd. TTM -0.42% has started exporting the Nano minicar from April, a move that will likely help India's largest auto maker by sales further lift sales of the world's cheapest car and reduce its sole dependence on the home market.

The Mumbai-based company, which controls the Jaguar and Land Rover luxury car brands, exported 498 units of the Nano in the past month, according to data issued Monday by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, the local automotive industry lobby group.

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The company has said also that it could start selling the Pixel, a new city car concept for Europe based on the Nano, in two to three years. The Pixel could be fitted either with a 1.2-liter, turbo-charged diesel engine, or an electric one similar to that used in its Indica Vista EV hatchback.

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Note the engine/motor choices for the Pixel. No gasoline-powered choice which we're pretty much stuck with here due to environmentalist activism.
1 posted on 05/09/2011 6:26:23 AM PDT by MulberryDraw
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2 posted on 05/09/2011 6:30:35 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: MulberryDraw
The diesel powered. VW Jetta with a manual trans get 46 miles per gal.
3 posted on 05/09/2011 6:31:03 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: MulberryDraw

Tata Pixel

4 posted on 05/09/2011 6:31:24 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger

Nice, a golf cart with doors.


5 posted on 05/09/2011 6:32:00 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: MulberryDraw

Would you call these “bodacious”?


6 posted on 05/09/2011 6:32:10 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: MulberryDraw; sully777; vigl; Cagey; Abathar; A. Patriot; B Knotts; getsoutalive; muleskinner; ...

Rest In Peace, old friend, your work is finished.....

If you want ON or OFF the DIESEL ”KnOcK” LIST just FReepmail me.....

This is a fairly HIGH VOLUME ping list on some days.....

7 posted on 05/09/2011 6:32:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: MulberryDraw

I love tata’s.


8 posted on 05/09/2011 6:33:26 AM PDT by JohnG45
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To: MulberryDraw
Tata Nano:

Tata Pixel (AKA Killer Rabbit):


9 posted on 05/09/2011 6:33:47 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 838 of our national holiday from reality. - It's 3 AM, time to arrest Obama)
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To: null and void
Heh.
Imagine the surprise of the first folks who buy into one of these things, drive it into their garage and try to open the doors to get out.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahaha! ! ! ! ! ! !
10 posted on 05/09/2011 6:40:06 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: NavyCanDo

Not even if you bought a pair of them.


11 posted on 05/09/2011 6:41:13 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Red Badger

I’m sorry but it is an ugly car. It looks similar to the little, red car that my kids “drove” around in when they were toddlers. Actually, I think my kid’s car was bigger and it had a sporty, yellow roof.


12 posted on 05/09/2011 6:41:32 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Red Badger
With wheels that small one good sized pot hole is going to remove your entire suspension. Of course that all depends on how fast you are going, and considering that it red-lines at 60mph the answer is probably not very fast.

Also it only gets 66 mpg highway, and you can't drive it on one because it can't go fast enough. So you are stuck with 55mpg on side streets. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel will get you 45 highway with a lot more car around you. And nobody is going to laugh at you for driving a clown car.
13 posted on 05/09/2011 6:42:21 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: momtothree

14 posted on 05/09/2011 6:43:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger

It’s calle “Pixel”, because that’s how they identify your remains after an accident on an interstate highway at 65MPH.


15 posted on 05/09/2011 6:43:20 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: Red Badger

I’d have never guessed that was the world’s cheapest car.


16 posted on 05/09/2011 6:43:33 AM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Red Badger

Geez. What an awful looking POS!


17 posted on 05/09/2011 6:45:41 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Red Badger

THAT’S THE ONE!!!! The kids love it but they only “drove” in the carport and on the driveway.


18 posted on 05/09/2011 6:46:16 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: org.whodat
Nice, a golf cart with doors.

Yeah, but in India it neats transporting your family on a scooter.

In Europe, it will be cheaper than the Citroens that David Barry likened in size to an Altoids box, shivering iwth fear if an American should stare at it intently.

19 posted on 05/09/2011 6:46:37 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: MulberryDraw; Cagey; MotleyGirl70; Gamecock; F15Eagle; ReneeLynn; Taffini

Not sure if they’re spectacular, but they appear to be real.


20 posted on 05/09/2011 6:51:14 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: MulberryDraw

How soon will it be before I can get a pair of those at Wally World?


21 posted on 05/09/2011 6:51:53 AM PDT by rllngrk33 (0bama, proof we can no longer underestimate the stupidity of the voters.)
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To: MulberryDraw

I wonder what the estimated MPG is for the Pixel fitted with a 1.2-liter, turbo-charged diesel engine.


22 posted on 05/09/2011 6:53:42 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The stench of dependency is a sickening smell. Strive to become an asset, not a liability.)
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To: KoRn

I dunno....it’s kinda cute for a POS..................


23 posted on 05/09/2011 6:59:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: JohnG45

I wonder if the tata’s front end gets stiff in the cold?


24 posted on 05/09/2011 7:02:29 AM PDT by Adder (Part 1 Accomplished)
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To: Plutarch
I’d have never guessed that was the world’s cheapest car.

The windshield wiper is a dead giveaway................

25 posted on 05/09/2011 7:03:18 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: MulberryDraw

It doesn’t look any worse than a Smart car.


26 posted on 05/09/2011 7:08:43 AM PDT by ontap
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To: JohnG45

27 posted on 05/09/2011 7:09:01 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: MulberryDraw
Lots of jokes on this thread.

We aren't going to be laughing at what a half billion Tata-driving Indians do to the price of gas.

28 posted on 05/09/2011 7:12:04 AM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: grobdriver

The good news is when you close the garage door it will close the doors on the Rabbit.


29 posted on 05/09/2011 7:15:08 AM PDT by Rappini (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: GonzoGOP
Dear GonzoGOP,

“Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel will get you 45 highway with a lot more car around you.”

Not quite. It's rated for 24 mpg city, 34 highway. It'll probably exceed 34 mpg on the highway on long drives, but I don't think it'll get 45 mpg.

I have a 2005 E-Class CDI diesel, rated for about 33 mpg or 34 mpg on the highway. On a long trip with no interruptions, slow-downs, etc., I get as much as 38 mpg.

Mixed highway/city/sidestreet driving, I get around 30 mpg.

But it is a darned sight nicer to drive, I think, than a Tata.


sitetest

30 posted on 05/09/2011 7:18:35 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Gena Bukin
We aren't going to be laughing at what a half billion Tata-driving Indians do to the price of gas.

Can't do much about that. Unless the Democrats decided that jobs really were a priority and started making it easier to drill.

31 posted on 05/09/2011 7:20:28 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: sitetest

My 1985 Ford Tempo diesel would routinely get 55mpg on the highway.

Man, I wish I still had that car.


32 posted on 05/09/2011 7:23:07 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: MulberryDraw; Red Badger

The misunderstanding of the world on Free Republic is boundless.

The cars depicted are for the masses in megacities, those with populations greater than 10 million. The people there need cheap cars to navigate the busy and crowded city streets. The megacities customers may very well buy them by the hundreds of thousands because they exactly fit their needs.

The world population is moving to the mega cities where poor people are becoming middle class people who need transport, cheap transport. There is no need for concern with garage height and gull wing doors when there is no garage. there is congestion that makes opening a door in traffic a problem.

The designers no doubt developed a feature rich car for the specific intended use having nothing to do with our concepts of need

Oh yes........ denigrate diesel at your peril. Diesel rules the future


33 posted on 05/09/2011 7:23:15 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Adder
I wonder if the tata’s front end gets stiff in the cold?

I'm thinking it should have pop-up headlights...

34 posted on 05/09/2011 7:24:02 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: Adder

You are SO BAD!


35 posted on 05/09/2011 7:26:52 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: bert

I hear that there’s plenty of room in Detroit!


36 posted on 05/09/2011 7:27:28 AM PDT by catman67
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To: sitetest
Not quite. It's rated for 24 mpg city, 34 highway. It'll probably exceed 34 mpg on the highway on long drives, but I don't think it'll get 45 mpg

Thanks. I just did a google search on Diesel MPG and hit an article with the 45 mpg given. Obviously real experience is better than an advertising puff piece.
37 posted on 05/09/2011 7:27:28 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: MulberryDraw

I wonder what kind of boob is gonna buy one of these?


38 posted on 05/09/2011 7:29:58 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: bert
The misunderstanding of the world on Free Republic is boundless.

I think many Freepers have never been outside of the United States. Your post was spot on.

39 posted on 05/09/2011 7:31:03 AM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: ladyjane

Thanks...its a gift.

:]


40 posted on 05/09/2011 7:31:44 AM PDT by Adder (Part 1 Accomplished)
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To: bert
SmileyCentral.com
41 posted on 05/09/2011 7:35:23 AM PDT by verity (The Obama Administration is a Criminal Enterprise.)
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To: GonzoGOP

No problem. It’s still a bunch of fun to drive, and it’s kinda cool going nearly 600 miles between fill-ups.


42 posted on 05/09/2011 7:36:16 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Red Badger

If you live long enough in it to need new tires just hop down to the hardware store for new ones


43 posted on 05/09/2011 7:37:04 AM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: null and void; flaglady47; oswegodeee; seenenuf; seekthetruth; Chigirl 26; prairiebreeze; ...
Didn't Princess Beatrice wear that on her head at the Royal Wedding?

Leni

44 posted on 05/09/2011 7:40:07 AM PDT by MinuteGal (BO'R Attacks Free Enterprise & Capitalism on Show....Lou Dobbs Afraid to Challenge Him Head-On)
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To: OB1kNOb
The people who have the Metro Geo,Ford Festivas and similar cars are saving a bundle in gasoline every day.

And yes,they are at higher risks of injury or death in any crash.

The laws of physics are not THAT complicated: it takes more energy to move a larger mass;if you want to use less fuel then you must make the car lighter.

Every choice has costs and consequences.

45 posted on 05/09/2011 7:53:47 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: GonzoGOP
The Tata Nano is to give folks like this an affordable, better option.

It's a great idea!

46 posted on 05/09/2011 7:56:07 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Experience is the best teacher, but if you can accept it 2nd hand, the tuition is less." M Rosen)
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To: MulberryDraw
By the way,isn't the export sales of the TAta about equal to the GM total sales of the Chevy Volt?

And which car is most likely to still be running ten years from today?HINT:battery packs wear out and are horribly expensive.

47 posted on 05/09/2011 7:56:53 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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Not even if you bought a pair of them.

Yeah, I hate cheap Tatas...
48 posted on 05/09/2011 8:02:01 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: bert
Bump to your post -

The misunderstanding of the world on Free Republic is boundless.

The cars depicted are for the masses in megacities, those with populations greater than 10 million. The people there need cheap cars to navigate the busy and crowded city streets. The megacities customers may very well buy them by the hundreds of thousands because they exactly fit their needs.

The world population is moving to the mega cities where poor people are becoming middle class people who need transport, cheap transport. There is no need for concern with garage height and gull wing doors when there is no garage. there is congestion that makes opening a door in traffic a problem.

The designers no doubt developed a feature rich car for the specific intended use having nothing to do with our concepts of need

Oh yes........ denigrate diesel at your peril. Diesel rules the future

49 posted on 05/09/2011 8:07:24 AM PDT by Jagermonster (Everyday this idiot pretends he was elected just yesterday.)
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To: MinuteGal

“Didn’t Princess Beatrice wear that on her head at the Royal Wedding?”

Where’s the Photoshop guys when ya need ‘em?


50 posted on 05/09/2011 8:07:49 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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