Critics Bowled Over by World's Cheapest Car

It's $2K, but the Tata Nano provides bang for your buck
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 26, 2009 10:00 AM CDT
The hood of a Tata Motors' Nano car is seen lifted at the company's plant in Pimpri, southeast of Mumbai, India, yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – India unveiled the world's cheapest car this week, and a few lucky drivers took the $2,000 Tata Nano for a test drive. Their reactions:

  • “A surprisingly smooth ride. Thrifty transport is not meant to be this comfortable,” writes Randeep Ramesh in the Guardian. “Built for functional frugality, the Nano is a striking if not a beautiful car.”

  • “Despite being a fraction of the size of most economy-car engines, the all-aluminum engine provides reasonable pep. Engine noise is also far less than one might imagine given the size and simplicity,” says Nick Kurczewski in the New York Times.
  • “The Nano zipped around farming tractors, beat out lumbering buses, and maneuvered around bicyclists,” notes Emily Wax in the Washington Post.
  • “To drive India's new $2,000 automobile is to consider all the things you thought you needed in a car but really don't,” writes Erika Kinetz for the AP.