The Tata Nano, the diminutive automobile that retails for an even tinier $2,000, made a big splash when it was released in India...
The Tata Nano, the diminutive automobile that retails for an even tinier $2,000, made a big splash when it was released in India last year (might it destroy the world, we pondered). Now there's speculation that the vehicle might be making its way to the streets of America. It boasts a mere 35 horse power, but manages a very healthy 51 to 61 miles per gallon of fuel efficiency. Granted, the car is completely without frills, so would Americans drive it? Gas 2.0 speculates:
It could work, but probably only as a city car in crowded places like New York and Los Angeles. When you figure in import costs, tariffs, and revisions that would have to be made to the Nano to meet U.S. safety standards, the $2,160 base price is very likely to go up. Still, the Nano would likely be the cheapest car available for purchase in the U.S. If it does come to our shores, it probably won't be until 2012 or 2013, and the Nano will certainly have evolved by then. There has even been talk of an electric and hybrid Nano, though I think 50 mpg in the city is a pretty good selling point for most people.I'd seriously consider it (though not in the above color). Would you drive one?