Sanya Sapra explores Tata Nano and finds out as to why is Tata Nano a great car. She also compares the Tata Nano with its closest competitor: Maruti 800 and Alto. Read as to why Tata Nano comes out as a top choice in many aspects.
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On January 12,2008 Ratan Tata revealed his thought and vision behind the Nano with The Times of India “In this particular case, you could not help but notice that there were four family members on a scooter with a kid standing in the front, the guy driving and his wife sitting side saddle holding a little kid. When you are driving a scooter, you say to yourself to be careful, you know they may slip and fall. Add to that slippery roads and night time riding and you have a reasonably dangerous form of transport. That does not mean scooters should not exist—it’s an evolution of bicycles and it’s the path to prosperity. But, scooters as family transport seemed dangerous.”
Considering the fact that the well known Bajaj Chetak that has ruled the Indian roads for 35 years and then Honda Eterno are no more manufactured, the existence of scooters on Indian roads is fading. The other economical options of transport are motorbike and scooty. A standard motorbike with an engine capacity of 150cc costs about Rs. 60,000 whereas a scooty with an engine capacity of 102cc cost about Rs.45000.
Why is Nano actually better?
With all these thoughts came the idea of people’s car-compact yet powerful NANO. Nano with 624 cc engine and most importantly it can comfortably seat four adults cost about Rs.1 40,000. In comparison to a scooter it is a safer and a much more comfortable option for an Indian family. Sometimes there has been criticism that this car will choke congested roads and it will be a reason for more pollution. To that the answer is it will carry four people instead of the normal two on a scooter and therefore, instead of two scooters, you will have one car on the road. Second obvious reason is this small car will take less space than a large car. The Nano engine conforms to Euro IV and Bharat III standards—all two wheelers are Bharat II today. Thus pollution created is certainly not more than a two wheeler—not per passenger but as a vehicle.
Thus when compared with a two wheeler Nano certainly is a wiser option.
Nano vs Maruti 800
Tata Nano has benchmarked itself against Maruti 800. Maruti 800 is a tough competition since it has defined motoring on Indian roads since 25 years whereas Nano promises to rule the roads for the next 25 years.
In terms of cost Maruti 800 cost Rs.227 000 (ex-showroom Delhi) whereas Nano costs your pocket Rs. 1,42 000 (ex-showroom Delhi).
Fuel consumption and Highest mileage / Efficiency
The fuel consumption of Nano is 23.6 kmpl certified by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) under mandated test conditions, which is the highest for any petrol car in India. Maruti 800 offers a fuel consumption of about 15-18 kmpl. Any day Nano will be a more pocket-friendly option. The top speed of nano is around 105 kmph compared to 144 kmph of maruti 800. This drawback works in the favor of nano as the fuel efficiency increases as it mostly runs close to its higher engine speeds.
Looks and Engine Features when compared to maruti 800
On the basis of looks there might be some misconception regarding the power of Tata Nano. Lets clear all the doubts regarding the same. Tata Nano weighs 580 kg compared to Maruti 800 which weighs 660 Kg.The engine of Maruti 800 is capable of offering maximum power of 37 bhp while the Tata Nano is capable of delivering power of 33 bhp .On comparing the PTW (Power to weight ratio), Nano is at 0.057 bhp/kg whereas 800 is at 0.056 bhp/kg. That clearly indicates that you can almost get the power of Maruti 800 in Tata Nano.
With a length of just 3.1 metres, width of 1.5 metres and height of 1.6 metres, the Tata Nano has the smallest exterior footprint for a car in India but is 21% more spacious than the smallest car available today. Tata Nano provides a better ground clearance than 1.4 metres of Maruti 800.
Special Rear Engine but still Safe!
Nano is a rear engine car which is rare in India because it compromises with safety. In case of collision the engine will absorb the shock in front engine. To overcome this drawback Tata is working to build its car parts out of cornstarch. Cornstarch is a low-on-nutrition cooking ingredient. It is non-flammable, non-toxic material, stretchable and better able to withstand the tremendous pressure occurring in the event of a crash. Tata Motors has already introduced the material in small cars for proto-testing and expects to be able to bring the idea to fruition by the end of 2012.
Tata Nano comes in three variants-
Tata Nano Standard (Bharat Stage II and BSIII): The standard version, in three colour options, single-tone seats, and fold-down rear seat;
Tata Nano CX (BSII and BSIII): In five colour options, with heating and air-conditioning (HVAC), two-tone seats, parcel shelf, booster-assisted brakes, fold-down rear seat with nap rest;
Tata Nano LX: (BSIII) With the features of CX plus complete fabric seats, central locking, front power windows, body coloured exteriors in three premium colours, fog lamps, electronic trip meter, cup holder in front console, mobile charger point, and rear spoiler.
With this I rest my case.
Talking about other advantages of Tata Nano, it comes with warranty. You need not worry about your Nano since 4 years / 60,000 km whichever is earlier. Now you have no reason to doubt it’s reliability. There is a option to avail a comprehensive maintenance contract at only Rs. 99 per month. This contract will help take care of running cost of the car.
Tata Nano, A dream come true and the Pride of India
With the arrival of Tata Nano the dream of prosperous India with less disparity seems possible!!!