Tata chairman reveals eco variant plans - but few other details

A hybrid version of the Tata Nano is being planned, according to company chief Ratan Tata.

Talking in the South Korean Maeil Business Newspaper, Tata said that the move was driven by a need to build cars that were as cheap to run as possible.

Tata added that low priced goods would create stronger demand than high-end products in India, and said that this trend would be mirrored across the world, making the development of globally releveant cars crucial.

However, he did not put a date on when a hybrid Nano would be put in to production, or reveal any details of how it would run or what it would cost.

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Our Verdict

The diminutive Nano is as short and narrow as an original Mini

Cheap and undeniably cheerful. Unbelievable value, if only you could buy one in the UK.

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1 December 2009

What's the batteries? PP9s?

Where has all Japanese design went to?

1 December 2009

This car has a very good looking side profile, none of those unnecessary wedges, cuts and curves on the new european small hatchbacks.

1 December 2009

My money is on either pedal power, like the cars in the film "Bugsy Malone" or it's going to have a big key in the back to wind it up!.

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