Tata Nano

Tata Nano is a city car manufactured by the Indian car maker Tata Motors. The car is both manufactured and sold in India.

When the Tata Motors launched Nano, their smallest and cheapest city car, they weren’t selling a car, they were in fact selling a dream to the common people of India. The dream was that of every Indian family owning its own car. This is the reason why Nano was marketed as the peoples’ car, and manufactured and sold at unusually low prices for a car.

Following the success of their low cost truck Tata Ace in 2005, Tata Motors looked to capitalize on the untapped spending potential of the middle class and lower middle class families of India. Tata aimed at making available a car for the families with such an income status. The car would be low-cost in terms of its manufacture, and the price at which it would be sold as well. The plan was to sell Nano to every average Indian family.

It was announced by Tata Motors in 2006 that the car would be manufactured at a plant in Singur, West Bengal. However, before the plant could be constructed and the production could begin, Tata had to withdraw from Singur and the state of West Bengal, and set up a new factory at Sanand, Gujarat instead. The reason for this pullout was cited as the protest staged by the local farmers of Singur, against acquisition of their land for construction of the Nano car plant.

Despite pre-launch hassles like the Singur controversy, Tata Nano was finally launched in the year 2009. It has to be said that the expectations surrounding the car overshot the actual success that it realized. The car was also intensely marketed and promoted as the ‘one lakh car’, but only the first few customers had the privilege of buying it at that cost. However, given the economic conditions of India in the recent past, the hike in the price of Nano can be attributed to inflation, rise in the prices of petroleum, oil and gas, steel, other raw materials, etc.

The car has a modest hatchback design. It is apt for a family of four, with the seating capacity limited exactly to that number. The car is quite compact in its handling with tyres provided at the corners. The car packs in an RR layout which is inclusive of a rear end engine and a rear wheel drive. The 4-door one-box body style of the Nano readily matches its 624 cc engine. With an acceleration of 0 – 60 km/hr in 8 seconds, and a maximum speed of 105 km/hr, the best feature of Nano is undoubtedly its fuel economy, which is at an impressive 25.35 kilometers per liter. The car has also been released in its bi-fuel variant, i.e., it can run either on gasoline, or on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Below are the technical details of the Nano’s base model:


Overall Length

3099 mm

Overall Width

1495 mm (Without ORVMs)

Overall Height

1652 mm


2230 mm

Ground clearance

180 mm

Minimum Turning Circle Radius

4 m

Seating Capacity

4 person

Fuel Tank Capacity

15 Litres

                          Kerb Weight

600 kg

Boot Space

- With rear seat folded: 500 Litres
- Without rear seat folded: 80 Litres




Independent, Lower Wishbone, McPherson Strut with gas filled dampers and anti-roll bar


Independent, Semi Trailing arm with coil spring & gas filled shock absorbers




Brake Type

Dual Circuit, Vertical Split operated by tandem master cylinder with vacuum booster


180 mm diameter Drum Brake


180 mm diameter Drum Brake


Wheels and Tyres:


Tyre Type

Radial & Tubeless

Front Tyre size

135/70 R12

Rear Tyre size

155/65 R12

Spare Tyre size

135/70 R12


4 B x 12

Below are the features of the Nano’s base model:

Color variants: Cornflower Blue, Rogue Red and Serene White

Exterior Features:

Driver Side Tip-Tap ORVM


Wheel Covers

Style-in-Steel Wheels


Bumper with Airdam

Front Wiper & Washer

2 Speed

Front Windshield


Clear Lens Headlamp & Tail Lam


Interior Features:

Seat Upholstery

Dual Tone Vinyl

Door Trim

Dual Tone Vinyl


Medium Graphite

Center Fascia

Ebony Black

Fuel gauge


Steering Wheel

2 Spoke

Comfort and Convenience:

Cabin Lamp


Map Pocket Integral with Driver & Co-driver Seat

Fabric pocket

Front Seat Headrests


Sunvisor on Driver and Passenger Side

Driver Side Only

Driver Seat with Slider


Front Assist Grips


Low Fuel Warning Lamp


Rear Seat Folding


Headlamp Levelling

Integral feature through innovative Suspension design

Safety and Security:

Radial Tubeless Tyres


Center High Mount Stop Lamp


Booster-assisted Brakes


Front & Rear Seat Belts


Additional Body Reinforcements


Intrusion Beam

Integral feature through innovative door system design


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