Can we actually afford the world's cheapest car?

Tata nano - This is the world's cheapest car with fine features and Mr. Ratan Tata.
India
March 25, 2009 4:13am CST
On 23rd of this month the Tata motors launched the world's cheapest car - nano. It is priced around Rs 130000 (Indian rupee) that is a bit more then $2500 and it has certainly enabled a lot of people of possessing a car. Mostly those using two wheelers, can now buy a four wheeler now, which to begin with seems very good and not only a car but a well designed and well equipped car at that. That is great on part of technology and Tata motors for sure and hats off to Mr. Ratan Tata for that. But can we actually afford this cheap car. The roads are really crowded world over, a big percentage of working class people are already spending a big amount of time while traveling and this surely will increase the burden on the current infrastructure.The pollution will increase for sure. So it is actually a good thing to happen or not?
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@moondancer (7434)
• United States
25 Mar 09
I believe that people will buy cars no matter what. Being able to afford this car instead of a 2 wheeled vehicle is safer. I think that many of the cars and trucks have no reason to cost so much as they do now. Buying a car or truck is a major cost like buying a house and it should not be this high.
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• India
25 Mar 09
A vehicle can't be as essential as a house. Yes I agree that many well known motor companies charge much more then what they should. Thanks for your response.
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@jazzsue58 (2672)
25 Mar 09
An ex of mine made a 'kit car' - basically, you order the body shell from the manufacturer and build it using parts from, e.g. a VW. Even though he used a lot of brand new parts, and recon engine and gearbox (rather than from a scrapyard) he still got a lively, high power performance car - a Caterham 7 lookalike - with zero miles on the clock, for £1800! So yes, there is one hell of a mark-up on new car sales. These days, there is no such thing as brand-brand new. Cars rolling off the assembly lines are built using recon parts (I know someone who has the job of sorting them for Vauxhall) - somehow, we don't see the benefit of all this 'green' trading.
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• United States
26 Mar 09
jazz, this is very interesting. ANd the motor companies are screaming at the top of their voices for bail outs...when they are using used parts for making the "new" autos they should be saving heaps of money from doing this. Thanks for your input.
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@gloamglozer (1285)
• Australia
13 Apr 09
I think we should put more into the development of fuels instead of cheaper car production. Reduced car cost means more cars on the road and consequently more pollution. This also means that fuel will be used up more quickly than it already is. If there was a way of cheaply converting car engines to run on something renewable yet has a low emission rates then this would definitely be better than a cheap car. I mean, just take a look on the roads for a few minutes and you may come across a car that belches out smoke everywhere it goes. Clearly, the need for low emission cars is needed to stop pollutions. Being realistic though, the people who drive those cars are probably in need of cash to fix that problem or can't be bothered with it. If they can't afford it, then having a fuel that does affect the ozone layer would be good. At least if that car was releasing lots of pollutants then it won't affect the environment in that way. Pollution is a very vital factor we must consider when releasing these marvels of technology. This is because damage to the ozone layer is irreversible. Not only would this affect our lives, but also for the generations that have to live with it after us. So yes, pollution will increase if they release this "nano" car but at the very least, families who cannot afford a car to travel from place to place will have a better chance of doing that if a cheaper car is available for them. However, overall I think this is a bad thing because of the overwhelming cons of pollution and their affects on the planet.
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• India
13 Apr 09
Hi. Some really good points raised by you there and in the end, the way you told the conclusion is effective too. I agree with what ever you have said here. Thanks for your response.
• Australia
14 Apr 09
I'm glad you read my post. By the way, I forgot to mention this but nice news item you posted there. It allowed for a good discussion.
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@bdugas (3584)
• United States
26 Mar 09
While it may be cheap, my concern is that there isn't much in the way of protection with this car, it is so little and what would happen to you in an accident. I hear some are coming to the US and people that have to make a long trip to work would use this car as the gas mileage would be great. But I would like to have some protection around me when someone hits me. And as I saw one person on here that responded, the price of a decent auto here in the united states is getting to be out of hand, cars should not cost so much that it is like purchasing a home. I dont' understand even with the amount of pay that a person i a auto factory makes what could make them cost nearly $20,000. I mean we arent' living in it.
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• Singapore
26 Mar 09
I am glad that other people have this same concern as me. Drive that car at your own risk...
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@bdugas (3584)
• United States
26 Mar 09
can you imagine any kind of a head on crash or running off the road and side swiping a tree, what protection do you have. Not me we have one little tiny car that I see someone driving here, dont' know where they got it, but know that the people on the road too crazy any more to get into something that small no air bags, and get on this road.
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@neha2k94u (408)
• India
25 Mar 09
I never would even think of getting this car... I wish to buy a Luxury... And definitely this would led to even more pollution in this polluted environment...
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• India
27 Mar 09
hi. Point noted dear. We'll go for luxury. Thanks for your response.
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@shay3434 (882)
• Israel
25 Mar 09
Hello! I've heard on the news about this new car which is the cheapest car in the world and I was really amazed. I think that this is a very serious thing that we all should think about. On the one hand, a cheap car can be great for poor people who can not afford to buy a regular car. In that way, needed families will be like any other rich family and they can drive and traveel like every other person. On the other hand, a cheap car which costs about 2000 dollars will cause to a huge mess in the roads. More and more pople will buy this car and the roads will be more and more busy. Thr traffic will be bad and also it will hurt environment because every car is more damage to our air and our environment. Experts believe that people should drive less in their cars and more in buses and trains and I think this is the way we should act. Good day!
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• India
27 Mar 09
Hi. Yes instead of going for personal vehicles we should choose to travel by the public transport media. Thanks for your response dear.
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• Philippines
25 Mar 09
Hello Coolmailraj, probably you are right about the traffic situation and the pollution that it will give the city for using this kind of car. The problem is not the amount if we can afford it, my problem with this car is that it is not safe to use. If you look at it, the dashboard is really small, if you get hit in front, it will be a fatal one because the car itself is made of aluminum,very fragile, small and you can't get out of the car easily when accident happens. The interior of the car is not too good, looks like the seats are like rickshaws, the speed of it is only 90kph and what more can you expect from a cheap car. I will not gamble the safety of my family. For me quality speaks first and i will not count on Tata's car. Sorry for the statement, but i will not compromise the safety of my family and me on that cheap car. I still will go for quality not quantity. Happy Mylotting!
• India
27 Mar 09
Hi. Yes indeed there shouldn't be any compromise with the safety of anyone but I have heard the the car meats all the standards set by the Indian regulatory.
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• India
25 Mar 09
I dont think that this is affordable Car for middle-class people. Nano will increase the traffic jams in Towns where already we fight heavy traffic jams. If 10 out of 100 peoples will buy Nano then also heavy traffic problems will come. If middleclass person purchase this Nano he will surely pay the thrice time more the maintainance and petrol expenses against two wheeler bike. So purchasing Nano is not a good idea.
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• India
25 Mar 09
Very much the way I thought about it. Thanks for your response.
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@springs (926)
• India
25 Mar 09
It is really a good thing to have a car at 1,30,000 rupees.If we can't afford this car,we cannot afford any car in this world.Because actual cars starts from 3 lak rupees.So it is cheap and best car available and with comfort
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• India
25 Mar 09
Hi. Thanks for your response. By the way I don't mean to say that it is not affordable in terms f money but the burden it will put on environment.
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• India
25 Mar 09
No, it certainly is not a good thing. Apart from overcrowded ill-maintained and the pollution factor, this is actually bringing the car into the reach of very many people and thereby stoking the rat race further to own and possess what my neighbour must surely have by now. And then there would of course be the road rages and rogues…everybody having a car to drive…wow! Wonderful fairytale like, only it wont be that, specially on India road, it would rather be a nighmare. If I had my way, I would rather flood the market with cycles and those scooters which run on batteries. Good for exercise, cheap, no pollution and everybody would have one so that we don’t have to be dependent on anybody for going anywhere.
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• India
27 Mar 09
Hi. I just wish you had your way, we need it badly right now. Thanks for your response dear.
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• India
13 Apr 09
Thnx for the BR...one thing I have noticed with us Indians is that we are very aware of our rights but NOT about our responsibilites. We feel it is our right to live well, have cars and ACs and so on, but how many of us are aware of our responsibility of using these commercial items with care so that we do not cause discomfort to society at large?
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• United States
24 May 09
I could not at the moment. Seems like a good deal but would I really want to ride around in a car with very little protection such as this one? I am not sure I think I would very scared to to be honest. I hope that some day midsize cars are cheaper because those are the kinds that I like. Take care friend and happy mylotting to you as well.
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• India
24 May 09
Hi. Thanks for your response dear but when I said whether we can afford it or not, I didn't mean it in financial terms. It is in terms of pollution.
@kellys3ps (3731)
• United States
24 May 09
I don't know about this car. We learned about it in class - it does seem safer then the transportation they are currently using in India.
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• India
24 May 09
It is not like we are not using safer cars, it is only the fact that terms of safety are not that well explained here...
@vinslounge (1297)
• India
13 Apr 09
Yes, with my economic and financial position, I can afford to buy the World's Cheapest car as it ranges around Rs.1.3Lakhs(Inclusive of all the taxes)
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• India
13 Apr 09
Hi. Nice to see that you can have a car now, dear. But it isn't about your financial position, it is all about environment. By the way, thanks for the response.
@scarrg (48)
• United States
12 Apr 09
Well I think it's still good to have cars available to people at an affordable price even though it will harm the environment. Car usage is inevitable and if cars remain expensive it will only deny poor people the right to drive
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• India
12 Apr 09
Hi. yes car usage is inevitable but this will make it uncontrollable.
• Indonesia
9 Apr 09
Yes, because i have to go to office by motorcycle , and sometime i get sick, but i have not money to buy a car before, but now with new tata nano, i can use it as transportation to my office, and go to beach with my family, it can not done by motorcycle.
• India
10 Apr 09
Hi. There is only you, you and you in this thought of yours, nothing for environment and others!
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
26 Mar 09
If there are larger cars (read SUVs) and trucks on the road, something that size would be a rolling coffin. The article I saw about it did not say it was equipped...it said no radio, no passenger side mirror, one windshield wiper. Please define well equipped
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• United States
26 Mar 09
I agree larger cars would be a rolling coffin in Miami we call souped up cars rolling coffins because people die for them (literally).
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@dropofrain (1168)
• India
25 Mar 09
WIth a small and cheap car coming in the market, it has brought a lot of good and bd things. The better part is that the reach to a four wheeler would be increased to the common man i.e the lower middle class. In lieu with that we would have more traffic, petrol and parking problems etc. Though it is a boon but it has a lot od bane also attached with it.
• India
27 Mar 09
Yes you are right and the question is, are the goods good enough to surpass the bad's! Thanks for your response.
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Mar 09
People will choose to afford this car because to them it will represent an improved lifestyle. It may pollute less than mopeds, scooters and other small vehicles. It is good to consider that we still need to promote ride sharing to offset the impact.
• India
27 Mar 09
And why mot to use manually driven vehicles like bicycle and use public transport mediums. Thanks for your response dear.
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@vicky30 (4779)
• India
25 Mar 09
Many people are longing to buy the tata nano.It is having very good descriptions and newspapers and magazines are promoting many people to buy the car.I am a great fan of cars,But right now i am in no mood to buy the car.We have to see the people's reviews on the car.I don't think pollution will increase because it is made in bs3 standards.The roads are crowded in India.I think the situation is better in the rest of the world.
• India
27 Mar 09
The condition may be better in other parts of the world but if Nano replaces a huge number of two wheelers on the roads then it won't be the same. By the way thanks for your response dear.
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@subha12 (18463)
• India
25 Mar 09
I think price wise many people will buy it. But you are right. The roads are already very much crowded with cars. The air is also polluted. Now if say 50% two wheelers are replaced by Nano, it will be something very crowded.
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• India
27 Mar 09
Hi. Thanks for your response dear.
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@modstar (9617)
• Philippines
25 Mar 09
That is quite affordable and hopefully it will be available here in the Philippines too. Yeah i think it does affect our environment but who knows, this car can be modified using green gas. For now, it is such a great help for people on the lower class to own a car. Public utility vehicles will be lessened too right? So i guess it's balanced. It might even abolish commuting.
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• India
25 Mar 09
It has been reported to be meeting standards much better then those specified as mandatory on emission norms. How come it will stop commuting?
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