Robert A. Franco
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Watch out, Detroit! The
country that brought you cheap title searches has announced the
world's cheapest car - at $2,500! Of course, the car is plastic
and held together with glue.... really! And, though they have
been criticized for their environmental impact, the Indian company
producing the car, Tata Motors, says that it will meet all of India's
Four years ago Tata Motors embarked on an ambitious project to
bring millions of people in India and elsewhere into the car-owning
class. Today Chairman Ratan Tata (pictured above) unveiled the result:
the Nano, a stripped down car with a 624 cc four-stroke engine that
can seat four passengers. The car is a feat of engineering-it's
made from plastic parts held together with adhesives-and
meets all India's environment standards.
Is there anything left that India cannot do for next to nothing?
Soon they may be selling tickets to the moon for $99 round-trip.
I don't think that Americans will be too fond of a 624cc motor
producing a whopping 33 horsepower. My motorcycle, a Honda VTX 1800,
has an engine nearly 3 times that size and produces more than 100
horsepower. I can't imagine trying to drive this thing uphill in a
Americans seem to embrace "all things cheap." They put up with poisons
in their toys imported from China, they deal with customer service
reps that barely speak English, and they buy "knock-off" purses and
clothing. Soon, the "made in the U.S.A." label will become a
collector's item - anything domestically produced will probably bring
top dollar on Ebay.
I guess we really shouldn't be surprised that we are now importing
our country's public records from India. Though it seems absurd, it's
really just a reflection of our society - "anything to save a buck."
Though I doubt the Tata Nano will be imported into the United
States any time soon, if you see one on the road, try not to run over
it in your gas-guzzling SUV.
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