Tata has announced plans to introduce their highly publicized Nano mini-car in the US by 2011.
The $2,300 Nano features the basic necessities of motoring including an aluminum 2-cylinder 624 cc petrol engine with 33 horsepower, three exterior color choices, and a folding rear seat. Those willing to part with a few dollars more can opt for luxuries such as climate control, assisted braking, and fog lights.
Despite being as bare as an insane alyssum's white padded room, the Nano boasts a Toyota Prius beating 65 miles per gallon.
According to Ratan Tata, "It (the Nano) will need to meet all emission and crash standards and so we hope in the next two years we will be offering such a vehicle in the United States." For the time being, the Nano officially goes on sale in India next month with the first 100,000 owners being selected via a lottery.
Tata is also expected to launch the Nano in Europe in 2011 and is currently studying a variety of alternative powertrains including diesel, biofuel, and electric propulsion.