Tata Motors has unveiled their $2,500 car in India. This mini monster is expected to get 54 mpg.
But one has to wonder whether or not an inexpensive and fuel efficient car is good for the world. This car will displace bicycles and scooters, not other cars, so we're effectively increasing waste & consumption, not decreasing it.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony at the 9th Auto Expo in New Delhi, Mr. Ratan N. Tata said, "I observed families riding on two-wheelers - the father driving the scooter, his young kid standing in front of him, his wife seated behind him holding a little baby. It led me to wonder whether one could conceive of a safe, affordable, all-weather form of transport for such a family. Tata Motors' engineers and designers gave their all for about four years to realise this goal. Today, we indeed have a People's Car, which is affordable and yet built to meet safety requirements and emission norms, to be fuel efficient and low on emissions. We are happy to present the People's Car to India and we hope it brings the joy, pride and utility of owning a car to many families who need personal mobility."