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Tata Nano. 2009 to date (prod. n/a). 4- and 5-door sedan. F/R, 623 cm³ (I2 OHC). Tata’s much-vaunted Rs. 1 lakh car (eventually selling at Rs. 1·15 lakh) announced in January 2008, but vehicles did not hit the roads till 2009 due to factory problems. The idea: bridge the gap between motorcycles and cars and provide Indian families with a safer mode of transport. R&D was kept to a low price thanks to Tata’s use of local knowledge, while the manufacturer claims the car meets current safety legislation. Reality is that it skimps on airbags and even a passenger-side mirror. Huge appeal in India with potential exports to China; could be a novelty export to western nations, though no firm plans made. Two specs at launch: basic and deluxe, with sales split evenly. Handling acceptable though small engine takes a while to get to 100 km/h, reasonably spacious. No fifth door, with luggage being loaded from the cabin. Gen X upgrades in 2015, with fifth door added, along with equipment upgrades and a light facelift.


Manufacturing location: Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, India

Marque: Tata


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