Tata Nano Comes to the US...

...or how the unthinkable is about to happen. Even if rumors about a US aimed Tata Nano have been around for some time now, last week Ratan Tata, the owner of Tata Motors, told an audience at Cornell Global Forum on Sustainable Enterprise in New York that the world's cheapest car will come State side within two years, Autonews reported.

Of course, the Indian car has to overcome some major obstacles in those two years. For once, Tata Motors has no retail network in the US and it is very unlikely the manufacturer will use the existing Jaguar Land Rover North America dealerships to sell the Nano. In fact, Stuart Schorr, a spokesman for JLR North America, even sent out an e-mail saying: "Tata will not use Jaguar Land Rover's distribution network and vice versa."

The Indians may go for a franchise type of network, as David Good, Tata Sons (Tata'a corporate holding company) said. When this will be achieved is yet unclear, as the deadline set by Ratan Tata is, in Good's opinion, estimative. It may take the Nano "maybe two years and six months" to reach the US.

As is the case with the plans for the introduction in Europe, Tata Motors will have to take a good long look at their vehicle and change it  completely here and there to meet local regulations. Even fitting it with all the techs westerners have gotten used to or imposed by law does not guarantee the success of the Nano.

According to Reuters. Tata Motors plans to develop versions of the Nano which run on clean diesels and biofuels. An electric version is also on the table.
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