Tata Nano Hybrid Coming to the U.S.?

Tata Nano Europa

In brief: Indian-made Tata Nano cars are all the rage there, but could the hybrid Europa version come to America?

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Nano Europa Hybrid
Manufacturer: Tata Motors

The word

Tata Nano Europa

Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Motors, has big plans for his automotive company. The Nano Europea is slated to hit the streets of select European countries late next year. With that comes a hybrid option, built in collaboration with Bosch.

The hybrid version will not likely hit streets until the end of 2011, and then no word on whether it will be in the Europa model. The standard Nano sells for only $2,500USD in India, but does not meet safety standards in either the EU or the U.S.

The Europea, priced higher, does meet EU standards and so would likely complete U.S. crash tests as well. The hybrid power train is only expected to increase fuel economy by 5%.

And so ...

This car's only selling point is its price tag. The emissions on the standard model are abysmal, though fuel economy is great because of the car's tiny size.

Photo credits: Left Lane News

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