June 15, 2016: The Tata Nano is a smart city car and is among the most affordable ones available. Due to its short overhangs and high ground clearance, manoeuvring the Nano in the city is a breeze. Powered by a 624cc engine, it belts out a decent 38PS of max power and 51Nm of peak torque. In more recent news, the Tata Nano electric has been spied testing in Maharashtra. However, don't expect it to launch anytime soon.
I liked the Nano when it was launched way back in 2008 and with time my dream of owning the Nano was always on my mind when the refreshed variant was launched in 2012, a unique rear wheel drive car but the absence of power assisted steering even on the top end LX variant was the major reason for not going for the Nano then, as parking into tight spot, or taking turns at slow speed especially in traffic conditions was very difficult. Over a period of time Nano has evolved which helped me to make read more 72
I have always had a high opinion about our very own " salt to software group " - the Tata group. As an Indian, I always felt that we should support Indian Brands 100%. Therefore, when I was posted to Vizag on a 5-year contract and was required to buy my own vehicle - I had to look for some model that would fit into my budget. The year was 2011, and there was a lot of hype about the Nano. Since the company I was working for had a very good relationship SRM Motors in Vizag - the Nano distr read more 2
I clearly remember I was in Haji Ali - Mumbai when my dad called up and said that I'm buying a car! We, in our lives never thought that we would buy a car but here we go, we bought a second-hand grey Tata Nano. It was used by a doctor earlier so the condition of the car was very well maintained, it looked like a brand new showroom unboxed car. We had the car but no one in the house knew how to drive it. My mum joined a driving class same day, her first class was in the evening 8 pm. She prac read more 1
Tata’s Nano is a special car. It’s a car that started its journey more than half-a-decade back as India’s most affordable four-wheeled offering but has been suffering from an underwhelming response, to say the least. Ratan Tata’s dream of delivering a One Lakh Rupee Car to the world, very soon, became a lesson in marketing don’ts.
If I put it briefly, the number of Nanos sold annually is equivalent to the number of Altos sold in a month. But despite this, Tata hasn't given up and continually improving the product and investing in it. Twist and then the current GenX model with an AMT, Tata has left no stone unturned but I guess, that first impression spoiled it all.
Things We Like in Nano
Priced more than a lac lower than the Alto AMT
Light power steering & small footprint makes it a breeze to manoeuvre in urban condition
Openable tail-gate & bigger fuel tank for enhanced practicality
Things We Don't Like in Nano
Sluggish performance of AMT
Sub-standard plastic quality
Bumpy Ride Quality; Suspension tuning could have been better
Too light to handle cross-winds – Fast heavy vehicles passing by can really disturb Nano’s motion
Stand Out Features
The cheapest Automatic car in India
Fuel Efficient – Delivers close to 20kmpl in combination (city and highway)
The Nano, in the newest Gen Next avatar, is a great offering for someone who wants a small and efficient city car. The in-built flaws of its original like the top-heavy shape, tiny wheels, limited cabin storage and small boot are still there with the Nano and digesting that at a price equivalent to country's most successful car- Maruti Suzuki Alto, seems like a difficult call.
"The Nano, in the newest Gen Next avatar, is a great offering for someone who wants a small and efficient city car."
But Tata Motors have tried their level best to bring it up to speed with the segment standards and has added Bluetooth-equipped audio system, power steering, an openable hatch and, of course, the automatic gearbox, which makes Nano – even better at being an intra-city compact car.
When Tata announced the Nano or the One Lakh Rupee car as it was called, its objective was simple, put India on wheels. For the millions of motorcyclists who travel with 3 or 4 people on it, or the common man who aspires to own a set of four wheels or the upper class people who would just use it as their thir...
Tata Motors has been put in the global limelight when it took over Jaguar Land Rover in 2008, however before that the company had its fair share of global coverage when it unveiled the Tata Nano. The global media was curious to see and understand how did Tata manage to pull out a product at this price. The pr...
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