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Old 23rd March 2009, 17:55   #16
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Nice review. Sounds like it is far better than the 800.
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Old 23rd March 2009, 17:55   #17
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Tata seems to have a definite winner !

Good Review.
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Fantastic review, keep it up guys !
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Can we have some pics please??
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Nice to know that some one took a TD of nano.
Of the above +ve points mentioned, the car looks very cute
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Old 23rd March 2009, 17:57   #21
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- The Nano drives like a car. It feels like one.
- Get behind the wheel and there's lots of space. Importantly your knees don't foul against the dashboard at any point.
- There's ample head room - I could feel at least 2-3 inches of extra clearance over my head.
- Leg room is good too - really it can rival an i10.
- It moves smartly and moves up to 80 kph with not much of a fuss. The first gear is short and at 30 kph you need to shift into second. It'll hit 105 kph alright, so there's no doubt about Tata's claims.
- It does its job well for the price and is decently positive in its shift.
Originally Posted by GTO View Post

- We were driving the LX variant, which has airconditioning, front power windows, fog lamps, better seat trim and better trim on the doors as well.
- The engine is loud, let me put it this way. It's a two-cylinder unit and no matter what you do, it will sound loud.
Negative points
- No Power Steering
- I dont think the loudness of the engine should really matter that much.
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Nice write up GTO. Good to see someone not on a fault finding mission on Nano
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Old 23rd March 2009, 17:59   #23
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Wow! That is a very professional review. Every area covered, every question answered.

So Tata have really delivered a winner here.
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wow! Tbhp gets a big scoop TD. Good one GTO.
Autocar has put up a similar TD - and most of the points noted are in agreement.

Surprised that this car has better drive than 800, peppy in city and space comparable to i10. Maruti has its work cut out.

This is probably a technical breakthrough for TATA. Cheers!
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Nice read, I always thought it would be as good as he/she said it was.

Too bad for maruti, people will still buy nano than the alto that will be decreased to rival it.

Great accomplishment for Tata.
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Hey, that sounds like sidindica

Is he in mumbai?

Awesome is the word!
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Old 23rd March 2009, 18:05   #27
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Cool! Seems to be a winner here. Way to go Tata.
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Old 23rd March 2009, 18:07   #28
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What a shocking scoop!
I think we need a very detailed 800 VS Nano thread done by some who manages to test drive both now.

What really surprises me is not space, but the high speed stability. Better than 800 ?! It looks like Tata has managed to pack in a lot of things, not to mention an excellent price.

But what I believe is this, if this car manages to cross lets say Rs 1.2-1.3 lakh, its not good. Maruti 800 then will become a better option.

One area I would like to dig upon, its safety. Is Nano safer than 800 ? If yes it can justify even Rs 1.5 lakh price tag for this car. What I also think is that at many places, Tata has used industry grade adhesives rather than bolting the things up. I am not aware of more details, may be it was grapevine.

But GTO, a shocking not to mention great scoop.
One important question : How was the effectiveness of AC ?
800 is not good for rear passenger comfort in case of AC, how was Nano here ?
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Old 23rd March 2009, 18:11   #29
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So, let me get this right:

- The Nano is a looker. No one disputes that.

- Build quality / Fit & finish are upto acceptable levels.

- The engine is peppy. Gearbox okay.

- Room that can match an i10!

- Expectedly, it will be verrrrrrrrrry fuel-efficient. And the diesel is coming soon.

- Ride quality is better than the 800. As is high speed stability.

- Did I mention that it's CHEAP?!

I only have one thing to say : Mr. Ratan Tata, you have done INDIA PROUD!
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Originally Posted by aaggoswami View Post
Is Nano safer than 800 ?
My guess would be 'yes'. Simply because the industry has moved ahead quite a bit in twenty years. No! I am not being sarcastic.
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