I've never even driven a Tata Nano. But I know enough about it to proclaim it as my car of the decade.

Why? Because it's likely to get a whole nation on four wheels. Company boss Ratan Tata wanted to get Indian families off the perilously dangerous scooters they were perched on and into the safety and relative sanctity of a properly engieered and affordable new car.

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It's not all been smooth though. The original idea was for the car to cost around £1000. Most, though, will be sold for about £1500. Still, with finance deals and the like that should open up car transportation for a much bigger chunk of the world's largest democracy. In fact, it's been a victim of its own success as there's currently a huge waiting list. But a big ramping up of production next year should ease that.