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World's Cheapest Car Gets Some (Limited) Upgrades

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On: Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 3:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

World's Cheapest Car Gets Some (Limited) Upgrades

Several years ago, India's Tata Motors introduced the Nano, which at around $2,000 was the world's cheapest car. Fast forward to today, and Tata has sold 130,000 models, well below what it had initially anticipated. It turns out, even in developing countries like India, the world's cheapest car is...well, the world's cheapest car. Tata announced this month that it is launching a revamped Nano. While the car will keep its cheap price tag, it will benefit from a few upgrades.

The new Nano gets a higher quality interior, more power, better fuel efficiency and more exterior color options. Tata, which currently owns Jaguar and Land Rover, says that it made the changes based directly on customer input.

When you're a tiny, 35-hp subcompact, you don't have to get much of a boost for it to be significant. The Nano's three extra horses give it an 8.5 percent boost up to 38 hp. The three stallions make their presence known in what Tata calls a "racier sounding exhaust." Despite that beastly power boost, the new Nano also gets better fuel economy.

Other performance upgrades include retuned suspension, booster-assisted brakes on the base level Nano and better steering.

Inside, the interiors are "completely new with enhanced premiumness in look and feel." The Nano Standard comes with a medium graphite interior, the CX with black and the LX with beige. A total of 10 exterior color options are now offered across the Nano line, with specific options dependent upon trim level.

The new Nano is available at dealerships now. Despite the improvements, it continues to start at the same 140,880 rupees ($2,700) as the previous generation model.

Tata plans to continue to gauge customer insights and toward making other changes to the model in the future.



Stephy21 | 9:24AM (Thu, Dec 1, 2011)

I had no idea there was a car this cheap, i sure would like to have one.

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