By 2018, any automaker that wants to sell cars in California needs to build either electric or hydrogen vehicles, or spend a lot of money buying Zero-Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) credits from companies like Tesla. At least, that’s how it was supposed to be. Automotive News reports that after hearing pleas from five smaller automakers, including […]
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JA Motorsport recently unveiled a wild, 230 HP track day special based on the Tata Nano – the world’s least expensive new car!
Tata Motors may not be known for its cutting edge concepts, but the Tata ConnectNext EV Concept is a hybrid minivan straight out of Blade Runner.
Tata introduced the Nano as the world’s cheapest car in 2009, and quickly learned that “low price” does not automatically equal “high demand”. You still have to build a product that people want, as opposed to one that’s only mildly more practical (but significantly less awesome than) the Tuk Tuk you’re building it to compete […]
Could the tiny, $2500 Tata Nano be behind the death of a future classic Jaguar? Will the new-for-2014 Nano’s sales numbers decide whether we get a future of awesome, kicass Jaguars and go-anywhere electric Range Rovers? Why am I asking so many questions!?
From a visual perspective, the 2014 Tata Nano is distinguished by tastefully-applied chrome trim and a new rear bumper with sporty mesh inserts. The new Nano can also be “optioned up” with four personalization kits that add features like a contrasting-color roof, body graphics, alloy wheels, and sporty-looking body kit. Under the hood, a new bi-fuel engine cuts emissions and operating costs … will that be enough?
A decade ago America was inundated with SUVs are soccer moms and insecure men sought to drive the biggest vehicles their budgets would allow. Today Americans are turning towards fuel-efficient SUVs after dancing with the devil of gas-guzzling SUVs, but other countries like India have managed to skip the growing pains of V8 SUVs and go right into more efficient four-cylinder crossover models.
The search for an alternative fuel source other than oil should leave no idea untested. Still, there are some ideas with more potential than others, and some alt-fuel concepts are just plain strange. Compressed air vehicles have been around for around 150 years, but the technology has never caught on with automakers. There’s a reason for that, and it’s called torque, or the lack thereof.
Times are still tough for many people, and buying a new car is simply out of the picture. China, however, is seeing an almost meteoric rise in car sales year after year, and a new interest in low-cost auto manufacturing could send sales through the roof. Volkswagen has announced its intention to build a budget car for Chinese consumers with a starting price around $8,000.
The Ford Model T was really only remarkable because it was produced in such large numbers. Painted just one color (black!) and available with only the most basic of options, the Model T was a very humble vehicle built en masse. Today, America lacks such simple, basic transportation…but over in India automakers are producing a new generation of cars that harken back to the era of the Model T both in simplicity and broad appeal.
At just $2,500, the Tata Nano isn’t just India’s cheapest car; it is the cheapest new car you can buy anywhere. Of course you get what you pay for, which isn’t much, but Tata has plans of eventually selling the nano in both Europe and the United States…but not before a serious makeover.
The auto industry isn’t in an easy spot these days. First world nations are reaching a critical mass of automobiles, and stringent regulations add weight and cost to cars just as consumers are demanding cheap and fuel efficient vehicles.
But Nissan seems up to the challenge, as their next big move is building a car to sell in developing nations for between $3,000 and $5,000.