Indian Automaker Tata Confirms It Will Sell Ultra-Cheap Nano In the U.S. By 2012


Indian automaker Tata has confirmed that it will bring the Nano to the U.S. in the next three years. The Nano, launched officially several months ago in India, holds the title of being the world’s cheapest car with base models priced at just $2,000.

David Good, a U.S. representative for the Indian automaker, which also owns Jaguar and Land Rover, confirmed statements made by company CEO Ratan Tata at Cornell University earlier this week.

“It might be two years and six months,” Good said in an interview with Automotive News.

Powered by a 624cc 2-cylinder engine that makes just 35hp, the Nano comes with a 4-speed gearbox with full power available at 5250 rpm and full torque (35 ft-lbs) on tap at 3000 rpm. Tata claims an average  fuel-economy rating of 55.5 mpg according to the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), giving it the highest rating of any gasoline car in India.

The Nano is also tiny, measuring just 10.2-feet long, by 4.9-feet wide and 5.3-feet high.

The Nano “will meet all emissions and crash standards,” Tata said. The current model for India features a reinforced passenger compartment, crumple zones, intrusion resistant doors, as well as the mandatory seat belts.

Tata also plans to bring a version of the Nano to Europe in 2011.

[Source: Automotive News]


Tony says:

To bad the U.S. refuses to make these types of vehicles. They would sell quite a bit, but they also depend on gas rebates from the petrolum industry. I am a citizen would enjoys buy US products, but they tend to be much expensive than imported products. Lets go back in time and make/force our prisoners who volunteered to commit crimes work for free, since it takes an average of $45,000 – $60,000 to maintain a prisoner yearly. Its time to get every cent back from them in manual labor.

Mariebk1 says:

Did you already talk to somebody in charge and they told you no the Tata will not be in the US? Indians are selling the Tata Nano to the US Because they already aproved and say yes!!!! @5bcb889a7c235ab0ec193e4710fb6314:disqus ut it’s not going to be same price as India $2.000 because their Tata Nano for that price is with no extras (air conditioned, hot air, electric windows…) They are going to sell it here from $7.000 to 8.000 and one more news you will find Tata Nano in the US this reay 2012!!! and I will be one of them that are going to buy it. Sorry.

Mariebk says:

PLEASE want to know in wich month the Tata Nano will be ready for sell in the US? I says here in 2012 but what month? I am crazy to have one of this cars. Someone help me please!