India'a Tata Motors unveiled its Nano at the 9th Auto Expo in New Delhi today.
The Nano is said to be the cheapest car in the world.
The man behind this "people's car", Ratan Tata, says he wanted to build a car that the masses could afford over a motorcycle.
The car has a 600cc engine that is located in the rear (kinda like the VW Beetle). It does not have power anything or an air bag. You can add an A/C though.
I watched a few interviews on the streets of Delhi and there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for this vehicle.
Ratan Tata hopes this car will eat into the 7 million motorcycles that are sold in India each year.
Damn, where they gonna park all these cars? Is it really a wise move to be producing more cars for the already clogged roads of India?
And what about the enviromental impact of more cars, and this car specifically?
I am not sure what to make of this car and the thinking behind it. I have never really been without a car, ever.
Still, I can't but think that creating an appetite for more cars is not the way to go.
But let me tell you that if they brought this car to South Africa for $2500, folks would buy it hand over fist.
What you think?