Tata Nano: Should You Buy One?

Tata Motors are known for the manufacture and sale of the world’s cheapest in India, the Tata Nano. It was publicized in the car market with a price tag of INR 100000 (US $1500) that received a lot of hype from the media. The car made a debut in the Indian market with a price tag higher that touted, but still managed to be the lowest priced 4-wheeler vehicle for passengers. Although, being cheap, the Nano is priced much higher as compared to a motorcycle, which is quite popular among Indians as a transport mode.

The Development of Nano

The development of the cheapest car, Nano, began in 2005, after the launch of the low cost Ace Truck by Tata Motors. This project was started with an aim to appeal various Indians, who preferred motorcycle over a car. To reduce the price of this car, the manufacturing company dispensed all the features that were considered non essential, reduced the use of steel and relied on the Indian labor, which was ready to work at low cost, significantly reducing the overall cost.

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Technical Characteristics of Tata Nano

Technical Characteristics of 2007 Tata Nano produced by Tata (IN).

Body Type Saloon (sedan) 4 doors / 4 seats
Weight 580 Kg
Length 3100 mm
Height 1600 mm
Wheelbase 2230 mm
Front Track 1325 mm
Rear Track 1315 mm
Ground Clearance 180 mm
Fuel Capacity 15 liters
Engine location rear
Engine alignment longitudinal
Drive Wheels Rear wheel drive
Steering rack & pinion
Fuel Supply System MPFi
Max Power 33HP (24 kW) @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque 48Nm @ 2500 rpm
CO2 Emissions n/a
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 624 cc
Bore 73 mm
Stroke 73 mm
Cam Design SOHC - Single Overhead Camshaft
Cylinders 2 INLINE
Valves per cylinder 2
Total Valves 4
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Aspiration Normal
Front Brakes Dr
Rear Brakes Dr
Standard Wheels n/a
Standard Tyres 135/70 x 12 / 155/65 x 12
Suspension Front I.MS.
Suspension Rear I.CS.
Transmission manual
Number of gears 4
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h n/a
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 10 l/100km
Road 5.5 l/100km
Mixt 7 l/100km