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Old 01-10-2008, 09:39 PM   #21
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Heard Charlie Gibson claim that only 7 out of 1000 - seven out of one thousand - Indians have cars. I have so little comprehension of other countries and what others have or do not have.
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Seems like you'd get tired pedaling after a while.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:50 PM   #23
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Don't we have these already? They're called golf carts.
How much for one of these babies?
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Seems like you'd get tired pedaling after a while.

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Through the courtesy of Fred's two feet. "
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As far as safety, remember that this is an upgrade purchase from a bicycle or a moped to the car. I'm thinking that something crashing into this is better than something crashing into a bike.
I wonder if they're going to require driving tests to be licensed to drive one? If not, you might see lots more Nanos crashing than mopeds ever did.
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Add a couple of million Nano's to Indias already chaotic roads and all you will get is total gridlock. Imagine=
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Heard Charlie Gibson claim that only 7 out of 1000 - seven out of one thousand - Indians have cars. I have so little comprehension of other countries and what others have or do not have.
At MegaMotors, I worked with an number of Indian engineers, most with advanced degrees, and it was not unusual for them to have just learned to drive after coming to the US.
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... just learned to drive after coming to the US.
Or not...
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Add a couple of million Nano's to Indias already chaotic roads and all you will get is total gridlock. Imagine=
Wow. That is at once one of the scariest and funniest thing I've ever seen.
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Lets just say they generally didn't do the limit handling verification testing.
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Uh... this morning the SF Chronicle reports that these will sell for $2,500... in the United States.

Geez Louise.
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Uh... this morning the SF Chronicle reports that these will sell for $2,500... in the United States.
Geez Louise.
No way they can sell it in it's current form in the West.

The Tata Nano will launch in India later this year, though as currently engineered it will not be available in North America.

http://www.auto123.com/en/info/news/...tid=93439&pg=1

"To be approved for sale in Europe the company will likely have to make major technical improvements in safety and pollution controls which would raise its price."

INDIA The Nano makes Indians dream, leaves Westerners sceptical - Asia News
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From 'The Times of India'

But prospective customers hoping that Tata would drive to the American market were told by all outlets that the Nano wouldn't be available in the US anytime soon.

Beyond the fact Tata doesn't have dealer network in the US (although it is about to take Land Rover and Jaguar off Ford's hands), the Nano almost certainly wouldn't meet US emissions and safety regulations, Wired magazine advised the enthusiasts.

US gives a grudging thumbs-up to Tata's Nano-The United States-World-The Times of India
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The Tata Nano will launch in India later this year, though as currently engineered it will not be available in North America.


Another indication that my local rag is just that.

In related news, though, does anyone know who these Tata people are? I work in software marketing for megacorp and have heard tell of a partner named Tata Consulting.

Is that just a common name in India (excuse my extreme ignorance here) or is there some massive conglomerate over there with a finger in every pie?
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Check out Wikipedia:

Tata Motors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It has also been in the news they are in discussions to buy Jaguar and Land Rover.
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No fair -- that is sped up. Check out the people walking.
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Oh, the inhumanity!
I once owned a car with no AC, no power steering, and crank windows...yep, used it to go hunting the Indians out Wyoming way.
I spose the grandkids will believe the Indian bit, but no way on the hand crank windows, manual steering and no AC.
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No fair -- that is sped up. Check out the people walking.
This one is actual speed,I dont see much difference.
Try talking on a cell phone while negotiating this mess

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