The Tata Nano, billed as the world's most inexpensive car, priced as low as $2,000, is formally introduced on March 23, 2009, in Mumbai, giving more residents of one the world's most populous countries the chance to buy a car for the first time.
Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata, who personally championed the project, saw the Tata as a replacement for the droves of motorcycles and scooters on India's roads.
The herculean task of engineering and building the Nano became a source of national pride and industrial perseverance in India.
Since the Nano was first shown, Tata's main production plant had to be moved following land protests, the company posted its first annual loss in seven year and its credit rating was downgraded with the threat of further downgrades.
Because demand far outstripped supply, the first 100,000 owners were picked at random.