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AutoBlog: REPORT: Ratan Tata again confirms hybrid Tata Nano

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Filed under: Budget, Hybrid, Hatchback, India, Tata

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Once again, Tata chairman Ratan Tata has confirmed via the South Korean Maeil Business Newspaper that his company intends to launch a hybrid version of the Nano. While it's impossible to know for sure, we'd imagine that starting off with the World's Least Expensive Automobile may very well equal the World's Least Expensive Hybrid.

We're also unsure what kind of hybrid system Tata is developing - we wouldn't expect to see a full hybrid system with an electric motor and battery pack large enough to power the vehicle for long periods of time, but we'd still hope for something more substantial than a simple stop/start micro system.

Previous reports indicate that a diesel engine is also in the works for the Nano, and we have high hopes that the inexpensive machine will make its way in somewhat modified form to the United States. Even with its current drivetrain, the gas-powered Nano delivers well over 50 U.S. miles per gallon, which would surely make for a welcome option here in America.


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[source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]

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Even with its current drivetrain, the gas-powered Nano delivers well over 50 U.S. miles per gallon, which would surely make for a welcome option here in America.

I don't know about anyone else, but I don't care what powertrain this thing has, I don't want to see it on American roads...

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I don't know about anyone else, but I don't care what powertrain this thing has, I don't want to see it on American roads...

Agreed.

It looks like a kitchen trash can on wheels....

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