Tata Nano Heading for U.S. in 2011

Cam1b_colors_yellow Tata’s ultra-small, ultra-cheap Nano, which costs roughly $2,500 in India, may end up being sold stateside. A Tata spokesman confirmed that the India-based company plans to sell the car in the U.S. by 2011.

It’s not a done deal yet, though, as the car still has to meet U.S. emissions and safety regulations. As sold in India, the Nano doesn’t offer airbags, antilock brakes or an electronic stability system. Required safety features for the U.S. include dual front airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system and, by 2012, an electronic stability system, which also necessitates antilock brakes. Any safety equipment added not only to pass U.S. crash tests but also to quell consumers’ safety concerns will undoubtedly increase the car’s price.

Another obstacle will be finding a dealership network to sell the car; as of now there are no announced plans.

Tata's Nano is headed to U.S. (Detroit Free Press)

By Joe Bruzek | June 12, 2009 | Comments (7)
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Max Reid

In 2008, when gas prices crossed $4/gallon, the auto sales went down by 12 % while the scooter sales went up by 66 %.

When people can buy 1 / 2 seater scooters, why not Tata Nano which is a 4-seater, has Radio/Music, protects us from Rain/Snow/Sun and also gives 65 Miles/gallon.

All you have to pay is just around $3,000.
Like to see Nano soon.

freethinker

This might make a good urban taxicab.

Idaho Guy

Honestly, after meeting US safety and emissions standards, how much will this car cost? I suspect a LOT more.

d

where did u hear 65MPG? Also I believe radio is an option! The Yugo Redux!

The best way for Tata to meet crash tests is to use my invention of a shared crumple zone box.

www.safersmallcars.com

Charles

The Tata Nano would be a decent car that gets better fuel efficiency than American cars. I am still waiting on the U.S. auto makers, to think up something cute and inexpensive. Something with a smaller engine that gets good milage.

Charles

That ugly electric wheel chair for 2, is a freakin joke that GM unveiled to the world.

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