Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Motors, told the Cornell Global Forum on Sustainable Enterprise that he plans to bring the uber-inexpensive Tata Nano to the U.S. by 2011. The car is slated to go on sale in Europe that same year.
According to a Reuters report, Tata mentioned the fact that before it can be sold in America, the Nano would need to meet U.S. safety and emissions standards. He didn’t mention that doing so would raise the price of the Nano significantly, since the EPA and the NHTSA set a pretty high bar for these things. Higher, even, than in Europe, where emissions standards are voluntary.
So, if the Nano does make it here, expect it to be safer, cleaner, and much more expensive than the version sold in Tata’s home market of India, where the teeny car goes for about $2,300.