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Old 01-11-2008, 09:41 PM   #41
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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.
I had a car like that until a few months ago; I still miss it.
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Old 01-12-2008, 03:18 AM   #42
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i think if you got in an accident with this thing basically its like just getting run over
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Old 01-12-2008, 04:07 AM   #43
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There are other Tata models for sale in Italy:
Listino - Auto nuove - Quattroruote

As far as gas mileage goes.. There are 574 models listed on Quattroruote that get over 47mpg already (under 5 liters/100Km). A lot of them are various versions of the same basic model.. but there are a lot of models besides the Smart that get excellent mileage.

In order of consumption low->high, excluding Smart:

SEAT (a spanish co.) Ibiza -----(61mpg)
Mini Cooper
Volkswagen Polo
Citroen C1
Peugeot 107
Toyota Aygo
Renault Clio
Fiat 500
Renault Twingo
Fiat Panda
Citroen C2
Peugeot 206
Lancia Ypsilon
Ford Focus
Toyota Prius
Daihatsu Cuore
Kia Picanto
Ford Fiesta
Citroen C3
Fiat Punto
Hyundai Getz
Toyota Yaris
Ford Fusion
Renault Modus
Renault Mégane
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Jetta
Audi A3
BMW 118
Dacia Logan (never heard of Dacia)
Suzuki Swift
Opel Corsa
Hyundai Accent
Mitsubishi Colt
Skoda Fabia
Hyundai Accent
SEAT Cordoba
Fiat Grande Punto
Opel Tigra
Lancia Musa
Honda Civic
Tata Indica
Nissan Micra
Kia Rio
Mazda 2
Hyundai i30
Kia cee'd
Peugeot 1007
Peugeot 308
Mazda 3
Citroen C4
BMW 318
Daihatsu Trevis
Opel Astra
Ford C-max
BMW 120
BMW 320
Opel Agila
Fiat Idea
Mercedes A 160
Volvo C30
Renault Laguna
Volvo S40
Daihatsu Sirion
Volkswagen Fox
Subaru Justy
Suzuki Ignia
Toyota Auris
SEAT Leon
Opel Meriva
Opel Zafira
Volkswagen Passat
Volvo V50 -------------- (47mpg)

many of these are diesel, but by no means all. Of course they all cost a lot more than the Nano!

What we also have running around here are a sort of "microcar", a car/scooter hybrid. Because they are under a certain number of cc.s, in Italy 14-year olds are allowed to drive them as long as they have a scooter license! But they can't go on the highway. Piaggio and other companies make them.

microcars,smart micro cars and quadricycles - about

They're just as expensive as a regular car, though!:
Minicar aixam - vendita, assistenza e ricambi Aixam a Roma, Via Nemorense 151
cheapest is €9300 or $13,700 !!!
Some well-off 14-yr-olds...

This looks cool:
MIT's Stackable, Foldable "City Car" : TreeHugger
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I'd buy two of them and park them close together. So everyday I could say I get to squeeze myself between a pair of Tata's.
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But are they bodacious tatas?
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But are they bodacious tatas?
I think you may have come up with the perfect name for the top-of-the-line model of this car...
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We could call it "BT Cruiser"...
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Aww you know, I almost went there yesterday and decided it was just too juvenile even for me.

Glad once again that there are still heroes on the er forum who can pull in the slack when needed. I dont have to be worried about being hit by a bus anymore...

Good trigger on caroline's question on "who these tata's are"...
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We could call it "BT Cruiser"...
Sorry, that one is already taken. But then, I suppose your original idea is already taken as well...
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Found this on a BMW forum - SUV? We don need no steenkin SUV!
Who Needs An SUV? [India Ink]
Asians scooting along with 3-4-5-6 passengers. on 2 wheels. That Tata's gonna be big!

To quote Maneesh: "A four wheeled, 623cc rear-engined 'car' might make for less touristy pictures, but I suppose comparatively a whole lot safer. And somehow, things like passing European crash tests and concerns about side impact safety just bring a wry smile".
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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.
The first car I ever had with electric windows, power steering and A/C was in 1983. Wow, what luxury! Didn't dump my 1970 Plymouth Duster 'til 1985.
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