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Jun23
$2,000 car coming within 2 Years: Will world's cheapest car drive safely?
This will be surely the cheapest car in the world. Even with $2,000 it is very difficult to get a used car in good shape and TATA is giving us a brand new car with this amount. Tata Group Chief, Ratan Tata, informed his shareholders that this new car would create a revolution for the Indian people. There is no doubt that he is right about that. This will be a huge revolution not for just India but also for the whole world. A car within $2,000 is like a dream machine for millions of people who cannot afford a car right now because of much higher price.
 
"The styling and designing of the car have been completed and prototypes are being tested in the plant. It will be a rear engine, 4-5 seat, four-door car with about a 30 horsepower engine," it was stated in annual report for 2005-06 of TATA. So, we have got a primary idea about this car now. I must admit that I am not an automobile expert but I feel that this speciation will satisfy many consumers not just in India but all over the world. Right now, the annual market size of Indian car industry is just one million and if this car comes in 2008 then there is every possibility that the car industry in India will see a multifold growth in the next 5 years.
I have no doubt that the competitors of TATA are now worried from now about the prospect of a $2,000 (Indian Rupee 100,000) car coming in the market. South Asia is perhaps the most price sensitive market in the world. $2,000 car will surely upset the existing balance in the Indian car industry now. Well, on the other hand, I feel that the competitors do not need to be too much worried about this cheap car. This car will address a market that would never think of buying a car in the first place.
 
The million dollar question comes to my mind and the mind of many other people is: How good the $2,000 car will be and how is it possible to produce such a cheap car? Well, to find answer to this question we have to wait for another 2 years. If TATA wants to sell a car for Rs. 100,000 then naturally it has to limit its production cost to Rs. 70,000 or maximum Rs. 75,000. I know TATA is going for mass production and naturally when a company goes for mass production of a car then the average production cost comes down. Still, producing a car with the production cost of $1,500 is perhaps an impossible idea in our time. China has become famous for manufacturing goods at a very cheap price in the world but even China could not come up with a car with just $2,000 car.
 
I have nothing against TATA and I am not pessimistic about their prospect. The top people of TATA are very smart and I am sure they have something in their heart about the $2,000 car that I do not know. I wish them all the success. However, I am just concerned for one matter. TATA must ensure that their car meets up the Indian safety standards and also the car should have reasonable longevity. A car is not just for 2-3 years. If TATA can ensure these two things and can give some good after sales support then TATA will become one of the richest companies in the world very soon.
 
What is your idea about this car?
 
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well....if a car like that comes into the market... imagine....JUST IMAGINE...how the Indian Sub continent will look like in the future :-| :-o

if they can make it safe and reliable and last for atleast 5 years then sign me up at a cost of $2,000 i predict they will sell 100's of millions of cars world wide

i want some information about the new 2008 model 2000$ of TATA.

Like the detail specifications...

reply me soon...

Thank you

Here's the thing. Note the 30 hp engine. For comparison, cars like the Mazda3, which is a standard family sedan (priced at $14000 typically equipped) has a 178 hp engine. The idea for this car is that it is cheap, and extremely poor. If it's safe, that's a plus, however I cannot imagine reliability being even decent. Also, here's the killer, a "SmartCar" which is an extremely light car having a 78 hp engine takes 18 seconds to reach 60 mph at full acceleration. It is a two-seater. Now imagine a car that weight four times that much, and has an engine with 1/3 the power. We're looking at a car that might take as much as 50 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. This is just unacceptable. I think that a $2000 car needs to be small and light, to keep the cost down. This makes less powerful engines a possibility, but a full-size car with a 30 hp engine will fail miserably in all testing, and I would still expect it to last less than a year before costing more to repair than to buy a new one. Also, think of the resources neede to build these things...

I THINK THE CAR IS A GREAT IDEA. THE CAR PRICE WOULD ALLOW THOSE WHO COULDN'T AFFORD TRANSPORTATION, TO HAVE SOME,AND THE PRICE TO FIT IN MORE POCKETS BOOKS THAN OTHERS, AND GET AWAY FROM THE CAR PAYMENTS. I HOPE THIS CAR MAKES IT AND DOES WELL. PLEASE KEEP ME UPDATED ON THIS CAR. I HAVE SEVERAL PEOPLE I COULD HELP WITH A CAR LIKE THIS.

Wow 2,000 dollars for a full sized car now that's incredible. The car most likely will have a really low speed and such but you get what you payed for.
and plus my monthly payments for my car with insurance and all cost near 5,000 - 6,000 dollars a month

Please let me know the specifications and features of Rs. One lakh rupee car (TATA motor). if the specification will meet the minimum requirement of man, i thnik this will not be on earth....

I do think that is is an awesome idea an awesome car and all that but I do want to ask 1 question...will the car be coming to the U.S? and if it does with it still be that cheap I would really like to know...Thank You!!!

i think its a great thing to invent a car like Nano at this time, Nano will surely improve the economy of India and also will reduce the high rate of bike accident on the street on India..
if Nano could be sold in Africa, i bet it, its going have high market rate..
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RAL group prides in 3 decades of Joint Venture partnerships with global conglomerates such as Ericsson, Matsushita and Panasonic.

One Of India’s largest Channel Distribution Company in FMCG Brands. Distribution extends to SAARC Countries such as Srilanka, Pakistan, Nepal & Bangladesh.

30 long years of experience in Marketing & Distribution of FMCG Products of different Multinational Brands of top global companies such as Matsushita (Japan), Luv n Care (USA), American Safety Razor Company(USA),Goodbaby (China) etc.

Catering to more then 500,000 Retail and 500,000 wholesale outlets across the country. Matching Logistics Experienced Sales Force with over 30 years of Experience.

Extensive Reach starting from small grocery shops to Chain Departmental stores. Have our own offices and warehouses in every state of India.

M.Aslam

With car crashes at an unprecedented high, the question of car safety is becoming top on every buyers mind. A safe car is a car that protects its occupants during an accident it should have mud guards. This protection comes about by the existence of certain safety features in a car. Unfortunately, not all cars have the same level of safety. In short, not every car is safe for you to drive.


If you have driven the roads in Africa you will agree that this car will not do well in Africa. The american writers worry about acceleration to 60 mph. If you watch street scenes in India why worry about 60 mph more like 10 mph is more a realistic speed

richard n evans


If you have driven the roads in Africa you will agree that this car will not do well in Africa. The american writers worry about acceleration to 60 mph. If you watch street scenes in India why worry about 60 mph more like 10 mph is more a realistic speed

richard n evans

Ideally such a car would be a no brainer in terms of price and utility. But oh well what will the neighbors think. Mediocrity of the masses and that's the reason India will never have individualism and practical innovation.

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