Remember the Tata Nano? It is the world’s cheapest car and we reviewed it earlier here. Neither does Jay Leno need any introduction. The host of the Tonight Show has gone ahead and added the Tata Nano to his garage. Jay already has more than 100 cars and 90 motorcycles in his garage. Leno also writes for The Sunday Times and will soon be giving his opinion on the Nano. The Tata Nano he has bought could have been gifted by Tata Motors for obvious reason. It is the top end model sporting fancy accessories, such as alloy wheels .
Jay Leno dressed up in a sherwani (Indian traditional dress) and brought in Bollywood dancers to bring home the Nano. To go with the sherwani, and Leno’s hair, Jay chose a white colored Nano with the tri-color Indian colors painted on it. The Tata Nano is powered by a 624cc, twin-cylinder, gasoline engine. It produces 38 hp of (well …) power output and 51 Nm of torque. Don’t be misled by those figures as the Nano weighs just 615 kgs. There is no power steering on offer and reaching 100 km/h takes a lengthy 27.5 seconds. The only thing really going for the Nano is the compact dimensions and 60 miles per gallon mileage.
The Tata Nano has not been selling anywhere close to what the company expects it to. The plant capacity is close to 20,000 units per month, but Tata Motors has been able to sell less than 10,000 units a month. Thus the plant is running at only 50% capacity. The company is looking at exports to maximize sales of the Nano.
Faisal Ali Khan is the owner/operator of MotorBeam.com, a website covering the auto industry of India.