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Tata Nano to Launch Today

By Motortrend India Staff   |   22 March,2009

The most awaited world's cheapest car Tata Nano is set to launch today at the Gymkhana Club in Mumbai. The proud car manufacturer has successfully infused elegance and functionality in every detail of the car whilst maintaining the price tag of Rs 1 Lakh.

After a long series of controversies, hurdles, and criticism from competitors, the Nano will finally see the day light in next couple of hours. Ratan Tata dreamt of introducing the ultra-cheap car long back with a view to provide an affordable four wheeler to the Indian middle class masses. It was transformed into a reality when the Nano was first showcased at the 2008 Auto Expo in New Delhi. Thereafter, many car manufacturers and auto component manufacturers questioned the veracity of the project in terms of safety, technology, emission norms, and low price. Fortunately, even at a time when cost of production is increasing, Tata retains the announced price tag of the car.

The car is 3100 mm in length, 1500 mm in width, and 1600 mm in height. It is aerodynamically designed with clear-lens headlamps, clear-lens tail-lamp cluster, consistent body panel gaps, and the centrally positioned instrumentation. Under the hood, the car will be driven by an effective 623cc engine positioned at the rear of the car mated to a Bosch multi-point fuel injection system. The powerful engine will provide an estimate power of 32 bhp and a fuel efficiency of about 20 km/l. The rear mounted engine helps to transfer power to the wheels with higher efficiency.

The engine is mated to a McPherson strut suspension in the front and the rear independent coil spring that will enable the car to achieve a top speed of 110 km/h with greater stability and handling. The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 14 seconds.

The car will also exceed safety performance with a host of safety features including the intrusion-resistant doors, crumple zones, seat belts, strong seats and anchorages, and the rear tailgate glass bonded to the body.

Presently, Tata Motors is facing a severe financial crisis due to the drastic drop in sales of its commercial vehicles. It has become difficult for the company to repay the remaining loan of $2 billion taken from Ford Motors to buy Jaguar and Land Rover. Tata ties great hopes with its dream car, the Nano, to revive its business.

Now Tata's engineering marvel is ready to launch today with loads of excitement and enthusiasm. Its launch will create a new history in the automotive segment.

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