One million applicants predicted by 25 April deadline
21 April 2009

Tata has reported it has received 500,000 orders for the Nano so far - that's around as many cars as the firm can build in the next two and a half years.

The Tata Nano went on sale on 9 April, with orders for the initial phase of sales set to close on 25 April. However, the firm is expecting 750,000 to a million orders by the time of the deadline, and the demand has led to an unusual system of ordering a car.

Order forms were sent to 30,000 locations around India, and anyone who filled one out was charged around 300 rupees, or about £4. That alone has raised about £2 million so far. The Nano costs from £1700-£2200 to buy.

To keep the system fair, all applicants are then being entered in a raffle, to decide who will get one of the first 100,000 cars being built.

Our Verdict

Tata Nano

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

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