OpieRadio Logo
Compound Media Logo
Jim Norton Logo

Tata bringing world's cheapest car to the U.S.

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BIV, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2002
    Messages:
    77,734
    Likes Received:
    27,104
    http://autos.yahoo.com/news/tata-bringing-world-s-cheapest-car-to-the-u-s-.html
     
    Wrecktum likes this.
  2. Neckbeard

    Neckbeard I'm Team Piggy!

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2011
    Messages:
    24,726
    Likes Received:
    15,097
    37 horsepower engine? Come on.
     
  3. MagicBob

    MagicBob Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2010
    Messages:
    2,171
    Likes Received:
    15
    The Nano isnt a bad car for what its designed for... that being said its not designed for America. Its the Indian Model T, without the durability, ease of construction or repair that the T offered. Its the first car many in the Indian countryside will ever have access to and by just its nature of moving under its own power will be a quantum leap out of the bronze age. But here? Not so much. It might see some use as a city car, but the American market has come to expect MUCH more from a car than just having a ~$10k price tag. The base models that other makers offer hover at the $13-15k mark and are better all around than the Nano. Granted they are half again as much... but in reality thats not a deal killer for most in the US. In India its important that it be as cheap as possible, not really here. If Tata can pump them out and somehow shoehorn them into their dealer network (although its going to be a tough sell sitting next to Jags and Rovers) they have little to lose in the experiment.... but I doubt much will come of it.
     
  4. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2004
    Messages:
    47,978
    Likes Received:
    20,585
  5. OilyJillFart

    OilyJillFart Well-Lubed Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    2,835
    Likes Received:
    1,107
    If there isn't already one with a Hayabusa engine in it, give it a while. There will be.
     
  6. d0uche_n0zzle

    d0uche_n0zzle **Negative_Creep**

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2004
    Messages:
    46,510
    Likes Received:
    6,795
    I cringe when I see Smaat cars. Can't imagine anyone stupid enough to buy one of these pieces of shite.

    I would like to see the Smaat cars race in a league of their own.
     
  7. OccupyWackbag

    OccupyWackbag Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,416
    Likes Received:
    189
    Possible 10k? That's way to much for that car. With the added safety features it should cost 5k max.
     
  8. LZMF1

    LZMF1 Semi-Eviscerated

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Messages:
    4,702
    Likes Received:
    211
    that little joke would fit in the engine compartment of my lexus LX570.
     
    d0uche_n0zzle likes this.
  9. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2004
    Messages:
    24,082
    Likes Received:
    8,340
  10. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2004
    Messages:
    47,978
    Likes Received:
    20,585
    Again like the Fiat 500's they are selling now ummm how are they going to be in the snow or deal with the salt they dump around here.
     
    LZMF1 likes this.
  11. d0uche_n0zzle

    d0uche_n0zzle **Negative_Creep**

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2004
    Messages:
    46,510
    Likes Received:
    6,795
    I was in a head on accident in a company own Ford Fiesta. If I didn't make a sudden turn to the right, I'd be dead.

    And that car weighted about 130o lbs.
     
  12. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2004
    Messages:
    47,978
    Likes Received:
    20,585
    Similar experience with a 77 Mazda GLC... which prob weighed about the same.

    I do remember my dad having a Pinto for like a week while his company car was being fixed... what a POS.
     
  13. d0uche_n0zzle

    d0uche_n0zzle **Negative_Creep**

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2004
    Messages:
    46,510
    Likes Received:
    6,795
    My dad had a Chevy Vega for a short while. I blew one of his deals to get rid of it by mentioning the massive amounts of oil it burned.
     
  14. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2004
    Messages:
    47,978
    Likes Received:
    20,585
    Think the biggest POS I ever drove was Ford Tempo that that throttle always stuck open... when I was delivering pizzas... was a treat sitting with the car in drive at a stop sign with both feet on the brake peddle.
     
  15. MagicBob

    MagicBob Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2010
    Messages:
    2,171
    Likes Received:
    15
    Pinto's actually arent bad cars... their interiors sucked and all of the ancillary stuff sucked... but the basic drivetrain and suspension is actually pretty dome good. You can get LOTS of HP out of a Pinto engine. The chassis makes for good road race and dirt track cars. The suspension set up Mustang II is the industry standard for hot rod add on IFS.

    if you look behind the brown Pinto in the pic above you'll see a red Pangra Pinto. A special edition tuned by Ak Miller. Great little cars and VERY rare.

    Fiat 500's are GREAT little cars. They are essentially a Fiat Punto and Ford Ka under a better looking skin. Both proven cars. The bugs have been worked out. The Abarth edition is a ripper. Sounds FANTASTIC and holds the road very well. Got to run one around Laguna Seca and it was a BLAST.

    The vega on the other hand... ooofff... not good. There was actually a pretty cool concept in delivering them on rail cars, they stood them up near vertically so more would fit. There were baffles put in the oil pan to help retain the oil so it didnt load up the cyls during transport. It didnt work.
     
  16. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2004
    Messages:
    24,082
    Likes Received:
    8,340
    In B4 joke about how MagicBob could use a Tata as a rollerskate. :haha7:
     
  17. Creasy Bear

    Creasy Bear gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
    Donator

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Messages:
    47,705
    Likes Received:
    35,470
    My brother had a Tempo he called The Tempo of Doom.
     
  18. fletcher

    fletcher Darkness always says hello.
    Donator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2006
    Messages:
    59,552
    Likes Received:
    19,770
    Looks like every starter car in any of the Gran Turismo games.
     
  19. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2004
    Messages:
    47,978
    Likes Received:
    20,585
    Well the store had 3 vehicles... a Chevette... a newish 4cyl Mustang and that Tempo. The drivers would fight to see who would get the Mustang as it was pretty new and still had treads on the tires.
     
  20. Jambi

    Jambi Infidel

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    3,452
    Likes Received:
    374
    I'm getting two... then I'll have a nice pair of Tata's.



    boooo.
     
  21. fletcher

    fletcher Darkness always says hello.
    Donator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2006
    Messages:
    59,552
    Likes Received:
    19,770
    Im going to bring my credit card and maybe get, like, 3 or 4 Tata 5's and give some to my friends.

    (not obscure but kind of random)
     
  22. Don the Radio Guy

    Donator

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    69,628
    Likes Received:
    5,082
    By the time they meet all the regulations, this thing will cost 20 grand.
     
  23. Ego

    Ego The Only Thing Bigger Than My Head

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2005
    Messages:
    4,339
    Likes Received:
    700
    Some people just need a no frills car. This will suit their needs. The gas mileage will probably vary depending on whether or not you took a dump before getting in though.
     
  24. VMS

    VMS Victim of high standards and low personal skills.

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2006
    Messages:
    10,307
    Likes Received:
    2,647
    I agree with Bob.
     
  25. Jambi

    Jambi Infidel

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    3,452
    Likes Received:
    374
    You lost me.
     

Share This Page