The project to create the world's cheapest production car began in2003, under the Chairman of Tata Motors,Ratan Tata, inspired bythe number of Indian families with two-wheeled rather than four-wheeled transport. The Nano's development has been temperedby the company's success in producing the low cost 4 wheeledAcetruck in May 2005.
Contrary to speculation that the car might be a simpe four-wheeledauto rickshaw, The Times of Indiareported the vehicle is"a properly designed and built car".The Chairman is reported tohave said, "It is not a car with plastic curtains or no roof — it's areal car."
To achieve its design goals, Tata has refined the manufacturingprocess, emphasized innovation and sought new designapproaches from suppliers. The car was designed at Italy'sInstitute of Development in Automotive Engineering— with Ratan Tata requesting certain changes, such as the elimination of one of two windscreen wipers.
The Nano has 21% more interior space and an 8% smaller exteriorcompared to its closest rival, theMaruti 800. The car will come in