Tuesday, 24 Mar, 2009 Technology

Meet Nano - the Cheapest Car in the World


During the global economic crisis a cheap car is the product that will most likely attract a lot for customers. Recently the Indian carmaker, Tata Motors, presented its new car, dubbed Nano, which claims to be the cheapest vehicle in the world. According to the first journalist who performed a test drive of the car, Hormazd Sorabjee, Nano feels more expensive than it actually is.

There were certain concerns over the Indian company's self-imposed price target of 100,000 rupees, which is about $1,980. Skeptics expected that the car would look more like a golf cart rather than a real vehicle. But after the first test drive, carried out in Pune (the home of the Indian carmaker), it turned out that the world's cheapest car is a vehicle than you will never feel ashamed to drive.

The doors of Nano open very wide, which makes it quite easy to get in and out. In addition, the car's high seats allow the driver to slide onto them with easy. For such a price you will surely not receive the luxury of a Mercedes, but you may still highly appreciate the vehicle's front-power windows and air-conditioning. One more important feature of Nano is that it can take heavy loads, since an Indian car with five seats is usually made to be able to carry twice the weight of five passengers.

Nano weights only 600kg, but it was designed to look rather robust. Its suspension can cope with virtually any kind of surface. The vehicle may even embarrass some off-road cars. Surely a car of such size as Nano has its issues, like getting a bit choppy when you drive it on uneven surfaces. There car's nose may also bob up and down.

Nano has a two cylinder 623cc engine, which is rather noisy, but still not at noisy as someone would really expect from such a car. It is good for crowded city streets. Nano's top speed is 105km/h, but the vehicle runs out of puff rather quickly when you drive it on an open road. It seems that the vehicle was not developed for highways, but there's no doubt that a lot of people will still want to buy it.

Engineers at Tata worked hard to make the car stable with a full load when you drive it at maximum speed. A good job is done by the brakes. It takes some time to understand that you drive an extremely cheap vehicle, since Nano neither looks nor behaves like one. The car is also very fuel-efficient - having a 15-liter tank it spends one litter to drive up to 18-20 kilometers. Nano is certainly a breakthrough. Its developers really thought about the buyer's expectations.

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