By on March 23, 2010

Japan’s Mag-X [via Autoten] brings us this rendering of a Toyota low-cost car, said to be planned for a 2012 launch in India’s hot-hot entry-level car market. Expected to weigh about 1,322 lbs, Toyota’s Tata Nano-fighter is said to have an 800cc two-cylinder engine mounted out back (alá Nano).

Though Japanese car mags have a bit of a reputation for floating speculative renderings that later prove to be well off the mark, Indian Autos Blog notes that Toyota Senior Managing Director Dato Akira Okabe recently said:

We may look at launching more than one compact car model for the (Indian) domestic market. Our current market share in passenger vehicles is 3 per cent. In the next four years, we hope to sell three times our current volumes. And by 2015, our rate of growth will be in double digits

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9 Comments on “What’s Wrong With This Picture: Speaking Of Downsizing… Edition...”

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    I actually think it looks cool.

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    Martin Schwoerer

    From the A-beam backwards, it’s a Daihatsu Cuore. For sure, Andrei Avarvaari would have done a better rendering job.

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    I kinda like it – but I prefer really small cars anyway.

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    Robert Schwartz

    All they need to do is to make sure that it doesn’t burst into flames.

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    It’s amazing what can be produced, when a vehicle doesn’t have to comply with safety standards meant to protect against a “head-on” with an Excursion.

    As a motorcyclist who rides with little more than common sense, caution, the right gear, and a good helmet…I’d love to see something like this on the roads. Cars like this make sense to me.

    I’m curious, IF THEY COULD make one for the US market, how many would they sell? Might be the Bettle all over again.

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      Rod Panhard

      I agree with you Joeveto3. It seems ironic that we motorcyclists are okay without airbags, seat belts, etc. Why not allow us the option of driving on of these for use as commuter cars in dense suburban and urban situations? We’re adults. If we’re used to wearing helmets to engage in various types of behavior, we’re sensible enough to understand the limitations of a Kei-class car.

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    The Tata Nano is merely a rip-off of the Mitsubishi i. Which is a mid-mounted kei-car w/ a small-displacement(660cc) engine that looks identical to the Tata and has De Dion suspensions, but was released years before the Tata.

    Toyota/Daihatsu is not ripping off Tata but rather Mitsubishi and other Kei vehicles.

    Regardless, the developing world is where the growth is at. Thinner margins, but significant in volume.

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    Great, now you can choose between unintended acceleration and bursting into flames!

    If that thing is compliant with Euro crash standards, Toyota could easily drive Smart off the European market.

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    JLR are said to want Aston but Ratan Tata wants a price cut

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