Billed as the world’s cheapest car upon its release in 2008, the Indian-market four-door was tailor-made to lure that country’s growing market of would-be vehicle owners off motorcycles and into a car with two cylinders, 37 horsepower, and a rear hatch that didn’t open.
Not unexpectedly, the vehicle quickly developed a stigma.
Cheap? Yes it was. Oh so cheap. Roughly $2,000 a decade ago, but now $3,500.
As the Indian market grew, so did the aspirations of its buyers, and despite new features — an automated manual as an alternative to the four-speed stick, a rear hatch that did open — sales tailed off after 2011, and, says Bloomberg, production last month was, um, one.
Tata will continue to sell Jaguars and Land Rovers, the very antithesis of the Nano.