A remarkable car, both for what it delivers and that headline-grabbing price tag

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

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23 March 2009

Good job they don't have elks in India. This thing looks nailed on as a 'toppler'.

23 March 2009

Ok, but the real question is: will it drift?

23 March 2009

Having been fortunate to spend time in India and witnesses whole families travelling on a single moped without any protection at all I can see what great sense the Nano makes. it will fast becomes India`s Topolino.

I can also see it becoming very trendy in europe when it finally arrives here. The trendies of Soho will take it to heart. Excellent vehicle so long as they dont add too much unnecessary equipment and make it pricey.

23 March 2009

Brilliant little car. I wonder how much it would be to bring in on a personal import?

Just think, you could even do a one make race series to replace 2CV racing! The potential of this car is endless!



It's all about the twisties........

23 March 2009

I concur with horseandcart,

The Nano doesn't look like it can pass the moose (elk) test and will probably need a lot more engineering to pass the NCAP frontal/side crash tests. I think it's an interesting car, but whether it will succeed in Europe and other countries, time will tell.

23 March 2009

I've seen several articles criticising the lack of external boot access, particularly in the Europe model - but the lack of a rear hatch gives it a lot of structural rigidity. It's not just a case of cutting a hole and fitting some hinges and a catch: the whole body frame would have to be redesigned, and would get much heavier and more complicated. A heavier frame at the back means more inertia, which means you've got to have stronger sills and better crash strength at the front, and so it goes on...

23 March 2009

Not a chance. It may be tall but it weighs nothing, there's not enough mass high up to make it topple. I'd bet my house that it would breeze through an elk test.


23 March 2009

When a have my Range rover Sport V8 serviced, can i expect this horrible little car as my courtsey car?

21 July 2013

Just because this is cheaper (by a country mile) than your Range Rover, it isn't necessarily rubbish. It is a city car, not a 4x4. Your Range Rover isn't a city car. It is a luxury SUV. Range Rovers aren't the last word in comfort or opulence, and certainly not in affordability. Anyway, no, you can't expect it as a courtesy car. It isn't in Europe yet.

Bodge to the Future

23 March 2009

Still can't work out why anybody in europe would buy one over a year old Panda.

Fantastic personal transport for India though and hopefully the end of seeing whole families on mopeds.


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