Nissan Considers $3,000 Car

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TOKYO -- Just a day after unveiling a $70,000 super car, Nissan Motor CEO Carlos Ghosn described plans for a $3,000 car that could be sold worldwide.

The cheap car would be built in collaboration with Bajaj, a motorcycle maker in India that's working with Nissan and French car company Renault. Ghosn is CEO of both Nissan and Renault, which own stakes in each other and work together on some projects.

"I can't get a $3,000 car out of Japan or France, so you have to go into a country where a $3,000 car is considered an expensive car," Ghosn said in a wide-ranging session with reporters at the Tokyo Motor Show. It opens to the public Saturday.

The Nissan-Renault-Bajaj venture was spurred by an announcement earlier this year that Tata, a large Indian company, is planning a $3,000 car for Indian markets.

"If they can do it, why can't we?" Ghosn said.

"Even if you have to reinforce the car" to meet U.S. crash-safety regulations and add features, "you're starting with a $3,000 car," Ghosn said. That low price leaves headroom to push up the cost, and thus the price, and still undercut the cheapest cars sold in many other markets, he said.

"What's the cheapest car sold in America -- $10,000? Between 3 and 10 is a large difference," he said.

If the Nissan-Renault-Bajaj consortium decides to develop a $3,000 car, it will take time to accumulate "enough data to say whether a $3,000 car can be sold" outside India, Ghosn said. "But at some point we will have the data" and could decide if such a low-cost platform could be modified as needed to sell in other countries.

Ghosn gave no details about such a car, other than, "It would have only the things you absolutely need." Nor is it clear how soon such a vehicle could be developed because the Nissan-Renault-Bajaj venture still is investigating the idea.

Ever since it began to seem inevitable a few years ago that cheap cars from China could be sold in the U.S., Ghosn has said that doesn't necessarily mean only the Chinese would sell them. "I have the same advantages" because of partnerships with companies in both China and India, where wages are low and designers and engineers are used to doing things on limited budgets.

"If I can't take the same advantages and produce a car for the U.S. as inexpensively as they can, shame on me," he has said.

The India-car idea skips China for a country where costs are even lower.
 

MAV

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sounds like theyre taking the hitler approach

"a car in every garage"

 

d0uche_n0zzle

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Thanks, but no thanks.

Cheap vehicles cause more death and injuries because they offer no protection to the occupants.
 
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I can't wait to see one with spinning rims of equal value.
 

Ballbuster1

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Doubtful that they can do it. The US crash & emissions standards
will be too hard to meet at that price range. That's why the Beetle
is still made but not sold in the US anymore.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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Doubtful that they can do it. The US crash & emissions standards
will be too hard to meet at that price range. That's why the Beetle
is still made but not sold in the US anymore.
there will never be a 3000$ car in the us market, the safty issues only would not be able to keep the price with in reason, air bags alone cost a couple thousand buck s
 

Sinn Fein

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Look at those Japanese mini-trucks they sell here now. They can only be used Off-Road. The reason being, they don't meet the safesty standards.
 

MJMANDALAY

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Ehhhh as long as its safe as the scooters I see on the highways what the hell.
 

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The seats lay flat and the top lowers to become a casket.
 

Balogny Tits

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I would buy a $3000 car if they sold one. That is only $2885.39 Canadian!