Press, Indian public give Tata's Nano good marks
When Tata Motors rolled out its tiny Nano last week in India, most reviewers cheered.
Sure, there was the occasional wisecrack. "Its 623cc engine whines like a little blender when pushed to its top speed of 65 mph," said a British reviewer in The Guardian. But when Tata Motors rolled out its tiny Nano last week in India, most reviewers cheered.
"It's a credible car that does the job brilliantly for its target customers and in the process trounces much more expensive cars in areas like passenger space," said Autocar India, a trade publication.
The Indian public, which won't see the cars in significant numbers until summer, mobbed journalist test drivers. The Nano has a "superstar prominence in India matched only by cricketeers and Bollywood stars," wrote the Forbes test driver. "The car was mobbed wherever I parked. People wanted to touch it, jump into it; they pressed their faces to the glass."
Under a plan worked out with the State Bank of India, a motorbike driver can move up to the 100,000-rupee (about $2,000) Nano with a down payment of only about $60.
(Source: Automotive News)