N for Nano

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Tata Nano, the cheap­est car in the world, was launched in Nepal last month, al­most three years after be­ing re­leased in neigh­bor­ing In­dia. Avail­able for NRS 7.98 lakh, the car will be the cheap­est one yet to be sold in the coun­try.

Boast­ing mileage of 23.6 km per liter, the car has been la­beled as a ‘dream car’ by of­fi­cials at Tata Mo­tors. Ac­cord­ing to Johnny Om­men, Tata Mo­tors’ chief of in­ter­na­tional busi­ness and pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles, “The Tata Nano still of­fers mag­i­cal price value in Nepal. Many peo­ple who could not think of four-wheel­ers can now think of this magic car.”

The price of the Nano car in Nepal is three times that of its price in In­dia. This is mainly be­cause of the heavy cus­toms and ex­cise duty im­posed on its im­ports which amounts to al­most 240 per­cent.

In­dia’s ex­port of the Tata Nano car to Nepal is seen as an at­tempt to en­hance trade re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. The ve­hi­cles will be avail­able in Nepal from July. ◆

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