Tata, the Indian automaker that owns Land Rover and Jaguar, may bring its super affordable Nano microcar to the U.S. At least that’s what the company’s CEO Ratan Tata said in a recent interview.
The Nano would go through intensive modifications before being marketed in both the U.S. and Europe, Tata said. It would have to: The current Nano not only has a two-cylinder engine producing just 37 horsepower, but it also wouldn’t come close to meeting the rigorous safety regulations in either market.
In 2009, the Nano went on sale for around $3,000 in India, but stories of the car bursting into flames soon made the internet rounds.
This also isn’t the first time we’ve heard Tata claim the Nano would go on sale in the U.S. A company spokesman told U.S. journalists that the Nano would hit U.S. shores by 2011 shortly after it debuted in 2009.