Tata Motors Chairman, Owner Of Taj Mahal Hotel, Claims They "Had…

Tata Motors parent company, Tata Group, owns the Taj Mahal Hotel at the center of the deadly attacks in Mumbai ending this morning. News the same company producing the Tata Nano, the cheapest car in the world, also owns one of the largest and nicest hotels in India shouldn't come as a surprise given the Tata Group… » 11/30/08 12:01am 11/30/08 12:01am

Tata Nano And Other Affordable Vehicles Could Increase Indian Road…

The Indian Transport Ministry estimates that the number of fatalities from road accidents could climb 50% to 150,000 a year by 2015 due to the rapid growth of vehicle ownership in the country. The World Bank estimates that at current levels (100,000 per year), India’s mortality rate is 14 for every 10,000 vehicles —… » 8/28/08 4:40pm 8/28/08 4:40pm

Tata Nano To Get Two-Cylinder Turbo-Diesel Power, Bajillion Miles Per…

The Economic Times of India is reporting Tata has teamed up with German engineering firm FEV (who's also developing the hybrid system on the Mahindra Scorpio) to bring an 800 cc, turbocharged, two-cylinder diesel to the engine bay of the Tata Nano. Already blessed with a $2500 price tag and rumored to have a … » 7/24/08 1:00pm 7/24/08 1:00pm

Tata Nano To Offer Compressed Air Engine Optional, Make Electric Cars…

Buried in a New York Times article on "Low-Carbon Chic" (vomit) comes confirmation the Tata Nano, the $2500 (or maybe a bit more) mini-car will offer a MDI compressed air engine as an option. Tata has been backing MDI for a while now, and off-the-cuff we mused at the idea of the compressed air engine option in a Nano » 7/09/08 6:00pm 7/09/08 6:00pm

Blue Steel: $2500 Tata Nano May Become Slightly More Pricey

Ratan Tata wowed the world when he revealed his company's Tata Nano, the miniscule two-cylinder, four-door runabout designed to go to market with an equally tiny $2,500 price tag. Now, due to pressures from rising commodity prices, Tata may be in jeopardy of missing that now famous 1-lakh goal. Steel prices have… » 7/08/08 10:00am 7/08/08 10:00am

Tata Looking At Buying Hummer, Jokes Write Themselves

Okay, sooner or later Tata is going to have to stop making headlines, 'cause we're really, really trying to cut back on the innuendo. But today we get news that Tata is considering purchasing the brand GM may be trying to shed, Hummer. And even with our newfound restraint, we have to admit we had a mild aneurysm at… » 6/06/08 4:20pm 6/06/08 4:20pm

First Video Of Tata Nano Actually Driving, The $2,500 Money Shot

Ever since the Tata Nano set the world ablaze with the promise of the $2,500 car, we've been anxious to see one actually driving around. Alas, courtesy of a couple of dudes with a camera we now have the video of the half-pint people mover actually moving people. And unlike those fancy American cars, there's no need… » 6/05/08 6:00pm 6/05/08 6:00pm

Renault-Nissan And Bajaj Team Up On Tata-Upstaging $2,500 Car

Ratan Tata and his eponymous company sent the automotive world buzzing with news of their $2,500 car, the lilliputian Nano. At the time, we reported that Bajaj Auto, which is partnered with Renault-Nissan, was going to announce a $3,000 car. Turns out the companies have found a way to cut $500 off the price to create… » 5/12/08 9:40am 5/12/08 9:40am

Volga Display Of Prana: Russian Automaker GAZ Seeks Partners In India

Apparently this has been out there for a while, but before we discussed the news that Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod, manufacturers of the Volga line of hulking vehicular tragicomic props, was looking for partners on the Indian subcontinent, we needed to find press releases with the right sort of Moose-Und-Sqvirrel feel. » 4/07/08 10:00am 4/07/08 10:00am

Tara Tiny Is The New Tata Nano, Priced At $2,450

The race to the bottom continues as Bengal Enamel's Tara International will be teaming with Chinese company Aucma to produce a sub-sub-1-lakh car called the Tara Tiny. Yes, the little-known company seeks to lakh-block the Tata Nano by building a range of electric powered two- and four-seat cars starting at a rock… » 3/17/08 10:20am 3/17/08 10:20am

BMW Plans To Challenge $2,500 Car In India With $49,000 Mini

When Indian carmaker Tata made international headlines with their $2,500 Tata Nano other automakers took notice. One of those automakers is BMW, which already has a growing sales operation in India. Wanting to get a slice of the small car market, the company is considering bringing over the Mini. The projected cost?… » 3/12/08 1:45pm 3/12/08 1:45pm

Tata Nano Makes The World Go 'Round

"Technology, the new life-force." That's what Tata Motors says. We had no idea. We kinda miss the old life-force — you know — life? Whatever. One thing this video played this morning at the Nano reveal can give you, is a feel for just how important the automaker from India sees themselves. But who can blame them, what… » 3/04/08 12:30pm 3/04/08 12:30pm

Tata Nano, Not for Europe; Just Saying Hi To Geneva

Ratan Tata, the Henry Ford of Mumbai, just revealed his dreamwork here, the Tata Nano, to a European audience here at the Geneva Auto Show that may never get to drive one. The micromini — which, in person, appears to be two scooters sheathed inside an extra-large Maytag dryer — is for now just for emerging markets… » 3/04/08 9:00am 3/04/08 9:00am

BBC Discovers Air Car, We Chuckle At Fill Up Procedure

We heard about the Tata backed and French developed Air Car back in January and are intrigued by the brilliantly simple concept. It seems the Beeb has caught wind of it too and recently ran the coverage you see above. The numbers on it are pretty exciting for something running like an air compressor with its valves… » 2/13/08 2:30pm 2/13/08 2:30pm