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Sorry there weren't any pictures. Can't wait to see one (not !).

From the Detroit Insider:

India's Tata Motors to produce $2,000 car

Associated Press

NEW DELHI -- India's largest automobile manufacturer, Tata Motors Ltd., said Thursday that it plans to set up a plant in the communist-ruled West Bengal state to manufacture a family car that will cost little more than $2,000.

The plant will be set up with an investment of 10 billion rupees ($220 million), and is expected to start production in two years, said Ratan Tata, the company's chairman.

A prototype of the five-seater model to be manufactured at the West Bengal plant is undergoing tests at a Tata facility in the western Indian city of Pune, Tata said.

He said the company aims to keep the car's price below 100,000 rupees ($2,200), making it the cheapest car on the Indian road. Currently, Maruti Udyog Ltd., in which Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp. holds a controlling stake, makes a compact hatchback that is India's cheapest car.

The Tata project is expected to create about 10,000 jobs at the plant and vendor chains.

Tata didn't say how many cars the proposed plant will produce each year. It also wasn't clear if the company planned to sell the car in overseas markets as well.

Tata's investment is significant for West Bengal, which the private sector has largely avoided since the communists came to power in the late 1970s.

While the Left Front -- a coalition of parties led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) -- has been successful in its efforts to reduce rural poverty in West Bengal, urban unemployment has increased. Many businesses won't invest in the state, fearing labor unrest and problems in dealing with the communist administration.

But Tata, one of India's most respected businessmen, expressed confidence that the state was the right place to establish a new plant.

"We have come to believe that West Bengal is one of the most investor-friendly states," he said. "I think someone has to turn this belief into a reality."
 

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TERMINATOR101CA said:
Yeah ,but you wouldn't want to die bcs you bought a car made of tinfoil....

Well Since, I am from India I can vouge that you will not die from any accident on residential streets in India. Way too much traffic, You barely go over 35 KMH in the city and over 70-80 KMH in on the expressways, but the new highways I have been on (Just opened up in Dec. 2005), you can exceed to speeds of about 120-125 KMH, but it's expensive for the locals to travel on those highways.



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moparman said:
I wonder if they'll send them here and what they would cost ? Malcom Bricklin anyone ???
......'cept for the fact that a Bricklin was actually somewhat quality built :p
 

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reminds me of an old SNL commercial they did. Had a car called "THE ADOBE" sold for $299.00 and was made out of mud.

The big selling point was if you damaged a fender, all you needed was trowel to fix it.
 

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boltuprite said:
reminds me of an old SNL commercial they did. Had a car called "THE ADOBE" sold for $299.00 and was made out of mud.

The big selling point was if you damaged a fender, all you needed was trowel to fix it.
haha, yeah

i got to thinking about this the other night, and what it boils down to is "you get what you pay for"; an inferior quality car...wait...plastic stamped in the shape of a car... supporting some foriegn towel wearing factory workers working for 3 pennys a day; yeah i think we had better just keep our money where it belongs. if they were, in fact, built, imported and actually sold; we'll i won't feel sorry for the guy that decided to drive it through my town *evil grin*
 

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briggs and stratton may have a future powering this auto
 
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