$2,000 Car Does 56 MPG: The Tata Nano
Buying your first car involves a lot of saving and for a lot of people, a loan. While some of us are okay with public transport and walking (Dublin is one of them there walking cities), other people are stuck with barely running motors only fit for the scrap heap. Earlier this week, Tata Motors unveiled at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower in Mumbai, India a petrol-powered four wheel vehicle that will cost 100,000 rupees, which at present time equates to $1,988.
The 2-cylinder engine delivers around 35 hp @ 5,250 RPM and a torque of 35 ft. lbs. @ 3,000 RPM and enables the car to have a top speed of 65 mph and negotiate inclines with a gradeability of 30 percent. The Tata Nano is currently being manufactured at the company's Pantnagar plant in Uttarakhand in limited numbers. The new dedicated plant, at Sanand in Gujarat, will be ready in 2010 with an annualized capacity of 350,000 cars. No word on US availability but it’s great to see cars like this being made. And who knows, with a max speed of 65 mph maybe it will become a popular pick for teenaged drivers.