How Tata Nano compares to American cars

Tata Motors announced it will be accepting orders for the world’s cheapest car starting April 6. The car is a four-seater powered by 624cc engine delivering a whooping 56 mpg. The first 100,000 cars will sell for around $2000 (for the base model) and as you can imagine the demand is huge!

The company already has a model for European market in the making and also plans to come to the United States sometimes in 2011 or 2012 but the price of the American version will be more like $4000.

How does Nano compare to its American counterparts? I have rolled up some numbers below for comparison. Keep in mind however that Tata Nano is a really small car. It measures a little over 9 feet long, 5 feet wide, and is smaller than Toyota Yaris. The base model has no air bags, AC, ABS, or even a radio!

Most fuel efficient:

Fuel Efficiency Base Price
Toyota Prius Hybrid 46 mpg $22,720
Honda Civic Hybrid 42 mpg $24,320
Smart Fortwo Coupe 36 mpg $12,635
Nissan Altima Hybrid 34 mpg $27,345
Volkswagen Jetta Diesel 34 mpg $22,270
Toyota Camry Hybrid 33 mpg $26,870
Ford Escape Hybrid 33 mpg $30,370
Toyota Yaris 32 mpg $12,925
Mini Cooper 31 mpg $19,200
Honda Fit 31 mpg $15,420

Source: 2009’s 10 most fuel-efficient cars in America at Autoweek

Least Expensive:

Base Price
Hyundai Accent GS 3-door $9,970
Nissan Versa 1.6S $9,990
Kia Rio $11,495
Smart Fortwo Pure $11,990
Chevy Aveo LS $11,965
Toyota Yaris 3-door $12,205
Hyundai Elantra GLS $14,120
Pontiac G3 $14,335
Mitsubishi Lancer DE $14,340
Kia Spectra LX $14,550

The first two positions are a marketing trick Nissan and Hyundai have engaged into to get the title of the cheapest American car (more here)

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1 Response to “How Tata Nano compares to American cars”

  1. 1 Mallu Apr 18th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    1) Its for countries with small space and more people
    2) No safety, for countries with blood and lives are cheapest
    3) For countries, with lawsuit verdict takes ages, so nobody fears nobody and can sell anything unsafe
    4) For countries, where kids can be seen driving cars when they are 12!

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