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Source: Overdrive magazine Title: God of small things Author: Sirish Chandran April 2009 A winner, plain, simple

and without any beating around the bush that’s the Nano for you. A sure-shot winner. A car a proper car at that - which will transform the country’s automotive landscape forever; fuel the car-buying dreams, desires and aspirations of a billion people. We have driven the car and I can’t get over the fact that, my god, Tata Motors has really done It! This is no joke, no embarrassment of a car. This is an against all-odds story; the story of what the world said was impossible, what our own countrymen (and women!) tried their damn dust to scuttle and of a motivated and talented bunch of engineers proving everybody wrong. And it started with Ratan Tata watching your average Indian family -father, mother, two kids – riding through the rain. Thus began the genesis of the one-lakh-rupee car, India’s ‘People’s Car’, the car dogged by more controversy and on which more has been written than any in the history of the automobile. A car that evolved from basic, no-frills transportation into an astonishingly normal car. I keep stressing on this because, let us be honest, what do you get for one lakh rupees these days? A good motorcycle costs a lakh. An auto rickshaw costs almost two lakh rupees. And India’s cheapest car which is as no-frills as you can get, costs over two lakh rupees. I expected a cheap, compromised, utilitarian four-wheeler. What I drove was a car that I will, eyes closed, recommend to anybody.

Source: Car India Title: Phenomenon Author: Amit Chhangani April 2009 I would have given up a drive around the Nordschleife in a Nissan GT-R for this. The Nano, in bright yellow with its tiny bonnet open, was gulping fuel down its petite throat at the gas station where most on-test TATA vehicles usually take a halt to refill. Even a Lamborghini Reventon wouldn’t have attracted half as much crowd as this tiny TATA. Hordes of people had huddled around it within moments – and that’s a car that costs less than half the price of an Ariens Zoom Landowner lawn mower I saw on the internet the other day. And does it look sensational! If there was a human being who didn’t know anything about the Nano, he would probably mistake it for the most advanced Kei car powered by the fuel that’ll replace hydrogen. Well even if I am exaggerating a bit, from a distance, the Nano looks phenomenal– outclassing most other small cars running on Indian roads in terms of design and aesthetics. The beauty of that stunning design is that it doesn’t compromise an atom of functionality for those gorgeous looks. The most striking design feature is the air intakes behind the sharp recess in the rear door, à la Lamborghini Murcielago. Not only does it make this small car look terrifically sporty and chic for its price and size, it also feeds much needed air to the claustrophobically packaged engine. The curvy rear with slim vertical tail lamps and a massive rear bumper with a sporty mesh in the centre further augment the snazzy, sporty look

aren’t quite as supportive as they ideally should be and make one slide forward. the air conditioner air intake. but also reduced seating costs by a humongous margin. Where you usually have the engine in such small cars. Almost everybody said that this couldn’t be done. the response was scepticism and disbelief. The bench seats at the back. the fuel filler hose. and the Nano easily becomes one of the most spacious small hatchbacks. and the trick has worked wonders for the cars in cabin volume. they were determined to keep costs low for this phenomenal exercise in design. as we realized.of the car. So they came up with a special design and material for the car’s seats that not only took up less space owing to its thinness. The question on everyone’s lips was – will they be able to stick to . the steering wheel and consequently the driver’s seat can be pushed forward by a few good inches. They are reasonably deep with pronounced boundaries to prevent the items from falling down even under massive acceleration (ahem!) or harsh braking. we face. releasing hundreds of litres of space for the back benchers. you have a spare wheel. It was a proper car. cars in the country. giving the Nano it’s unusual. and a very good-looking one at that. Then the Nano was shown at the Auto Expo in Delhi in January 2008. The sharply raked front windscreen merges seamlessly into a diminutive bonnet with a central ridge and finally into the bumper. the steering box and the brake and windscreen washer fluid compartments in the Nano. The amount of room you have inside the Nano needs to be experienced to be believed. Throw in four big windows to allow ample air and light. In fact. Representatives of international car manufacturers crowded round it to get a closer look. This means that the centre console. At the same time. What augments the feeling of space inside the cabin is the car’s tall-boy design that offers generous headroom while the high seating position for both front and rear passengers translates to a good all round view. Extremely clever engineering details are meant to maximize the in-cabin space without extending the wheelbase too much. But the boffins at TATA didn’t stop at just that to optimize cabin space for passengers. Source: Auto India Title: For the people Author: Bob Rupa April 2009 When Tata announced that they would build a ‘people’s car’ that would be fuel-efficient and low on emissions and would cost just ‘one lakh of rupees’. They realized that thick seat trimmings eat up precious knee room. The high positioning of the seats. It was splashed in the media all over the world. Suddenly everyone was interested. It may look like a simple design detail but the functionality of it is terrific to say the least. isn’t really a hatch. the front seats of the Nano offer superb comfort and back support and match the ergonomics of some of the more expensive cars. It wouldn’t be a proper car. though liberal in terms of knee and legroom. that too without compromising much on comfort. makes it incredibly easy to get in and out of the car and there is ample space to accommodate even three adults if need be. as one may wrongly assume. behind the rear seats to release invaluable space. The compact powertrain has been pushed at the back. however. no. That’s quite a few items but they still take up substantially less space than what an engine and transmission would have. For both the front passengers there are massive troughs on the dashboard to accommodate anything from bottles to wallets to sunglasses. The Nano. The rear windscreen is pasted on the body shell and there isn’t a ‘fifth’ door in this car. Hundreds of bright young Indian engineering brains have burnt the midnight oil to make that front end smaller.

low emissions. And in our test we found they have done that very well.the promise of the price? And more importantly. the unconventional layout of engine at the rear has allowed for very short overhangs with the wheels placed at the four corners.5mm. The four speed gearbox placed transversely at the rear has two push-pull cables operating the shifter mechanism and the shift quality is light. Although Tata have obviously worked at isolating the sound from the passenger compartment.6 seconds! . Tata say that their focus while setting up the engine and matching the gear ratios was fuel efficiency. the rear panels have to be opened up! Tata are working on a releasable glass hatch like the on the first gen Maruti 800. The seats are thin and somewhat flattish but are yet surprisingly comfortable. precise and pleasing. Plastic quality is much better than expected and the fabrics are quite decent. Four adults can sit comfortably and thanks to the high H-point. Push down on the accelerator and the Nano gets going with all the grace it can muster and the low first and second gears along with the engine fuel flow cut off at a somewhat low 5600rpm. under and aft of the rear seats. The two-cylinder 624cc unit is an all-aluminium square unit with identical bore and stroke of 73. But to get to the boot the seat has to be folded as the tailgate is fixed. At idle you can feel the engine rocking and under hard acceleration the vibrations are quite evident. the petrol engine makes 35PS (34. even the present Nano has holes punched in the all-metal body to accommodate the struts.12 seconds and took 14. With a full load of four adults and the aircon running in the top-end LX version. which means you have to shift up quickly. With two valves per cylinder and SOHC. Get into the Nano and the first thing that surprises is the space. There is a warning light and buzzer alarm for high engine temperature. but as it’s an urban vehicle it was 0 to 60 and 70kph. increases to 500litres. The one-piece moulded dash design is such that it will work for both left and right-hand drive versions. Of course without the aircon the Nano feels sprightlier and is slightly quicker whilst accelerating. It’s not the smoothest or most refined of engines and sounds a bit like a lawn mower. we were easily able to merge with the traffic.30 to get to 70kph. The gear lever has a smart design with the top being rounded and the sides cut flat to allow you to use the thumb and middle finger grip with the index finger resting on top for shifting. resulting in maximization of interior space. In fact. Access to the engine is even more difficult with a panel having to be removed after opening six wing nuts! And to replace a bulb or taillight. It has an engine management system supplied by Bosch and a single balancer shaft. getting in and out is easy. to make access easier and this will be seen in the future. will it drive and run properly? Well. In fact a lot of the design has been done keeping this in mind. Luggage space is 135 litres and with the rear seat folded. they have not managed to isolate all the harshness. Despite its small footprint on the road. The lack of a rev counter also means you most often end up revving it to the point where the engine management system starts cutting fuel supply. Start up the Nano and you immediately know it’s powered by a two-cylinder engine placed at the back. here are the answers.5bhp) and 48Nm. In our tests it got from 0 to 60kph in around 10. But the carpet is a downer. Tata say that unlike other cars the benchmark for the Nano was not accelerating from 0 to100kph. Crossing the 100 mark took all of 32. The interior design is simple with a centrally stacked instrument cluster made up of an analogue speedometer along with digital readouts for fuel level and odometer. engine life and drivability in the low speed crowded urban driving conditions of India.