Tata’s ultra-small, ultra-cheap Nano, which costs roughly $2,500 in India, may end up being sold stateside. A Tata spokesman confirmed that the India-based company plans to sell the car in the U.S. by 2011.
It’s not a done deal yet, though, as the car still has to meet U.S. emissions and safety regulations. As sold in India, the Nano doesn’t offer airbags, antilock brakes or an electronic stability system. Required safety features for the U.S. include dual front airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system and, by 2012, an electronic stability system, which also necessitates antilock brakes. Any safety equipment added not only to pass U.S. crash tests but also to quell consumers’ safety concerns will undoubtedly increase the car’s price.
Another obstacle will be finding a dealership network to sell the car; as of now there are no announced plans.
Tata's Nano is headed to U.S. (Detroit Free Press)