India says Tata for now
Airconditioning is extra but all India wants a Nano, writes NEIL McDONALD
BUYERS are swamping Tata dealers across India to put deposits on the world’s cheapest car, the $3000 Nano.
The car went on sale on Tuesday and the first deliveries will begin in July.
Dealers reported long queues of buyers and the waiting list stands at a year.
The Nano has been designed with low cost in mind.
The four-door five-seater has a 22kW 624cc twocylinder rear engine and a fourspeed manual transmission.
Engineers have trimmed the car to appeal to Indians trading up from a motorcycle.
There’s no airconditioning, electric windows or power steering, though buyers can pay for these options in two deluxe models, the CX and LX.
The Tata Corporation also intends to launch a betterequipped, larger-engined Nano in Europe.
Tata is building a new plant in Gujarat, western India, to build the car and will produce between 250,000-500,000 Nanos a year.
The Tata Corporation also owns Jaguar and Land Rover.
It bought the British companies for $3.3 billion last year.
head of the Tata group, Ratan Tata and the Nano.