REGENSBURG, Germany -- Putt, putt, putt ...
If the world's most inexpensive vehicle is big on global ambition, it doesn't sound like it.
A Toro lawn mower sounds like a Ferrari next to the world famous, rear-engine Tata Nano.
From the turn of the key on the right-hand-drive beige Nano CX -- our test car for a supplier program here -- the word "basic" feels like a stretch.
Rudimentary. Shockingly primitive. And one heck of a deal if all you need is Point A to Point B with rain cover.
After some "hot" laps around a track in Bavaria, a few things are clear about the little car that will make the masses move.
First, it's all about getting people moving in India. It's perfect in a country where carpooling appears to be on steroids -- imagine driving four of your friends to work ... on a motorcycle. With the Nano, they can travel in style. The rear bench seat is spacious, and three could easily slide in for the ride.
Second, the car doesn't overdeliver on its price tag.
For $2,500 (or about $2 per pound of curb weight), you get air conditioning and a radio.
The windows are not automatic. Neither are the locks.