Saturday, January 16, 2010

Cars, Cars Everywhere

Do Americans want small inexpensive cars? We shall see. Tata, the leading automobile company of India is expected to start selling its cheapest vehicles here. Its Nano model is small, goes 50 miles on a gallon of gas and is expected to cost 20% less than the Hyundai Accent, which sells for $10,000.

What does the arrival of this car mean? It means the number of cars on the road will increase -- a lot. The Global Warming alarmists have many problems. Among them is their difficulty with math.

Tata Motors wants to put 100 million new Indian drivers behind the wheel. One Hundred Million New Drivers -- One Hundred Million New Cars. One Hundred Millon New Consumers of Gasoline. The Global Warming Alarmists hate cars, but they want new cars to get better and better gas mileage. Okay.

But somehow they fail to understand aggregate numbers. They hate Hummers. But they accept cars like the Nano. But there are few Hummers in the world. However, considering India's population of 1.3 Billion, Tata's Nano can become the Model T and sell 100 million units. Thus, the world's fleet of Nanos will consume far more gasoline than all the Hummers ever built.

In short, increases in prosperity are reflected in many ways, including the number of cars on the road. Thus, a richer world is a world with more cars.

Today, the fleet of vehicles in the world totals about 750 million. But as a result of increasing prosperity in China, India and many emerging nations, the number of cars in the world is expected to reach 3 Billion by mid century. By that time the population of humans is expected to hit 9 Billion.

Therefore, aggregate oil consumption will increase. Consumption of almost everything will increase. But Global Warming Alarmists want to hold back the tide of humanity and restrict human desires. On the other hand, Tata Motors will do its best to give people what they want.

Cheap car from India could cost $8,000 in US

Ultracheap Nano could come to US in 3 years with $8,000 price tag

DETROIT (AP) -- The world's cheapest car is being readied for sale in the U.S., but by the time India's Tata Nano is retrofitted to meet emissions and safety standards, it won't be that cheap.

Tata Technologies Ltd., the global engineering arm of the Tata group conglomerate, brought the tiny car to Detroit as a publicity stunt for the engineering group.

Tata officials, while maintaining that they couldn't speak for Tata Motors, maker of the $2,500 Nano, said they were involved with the Nano from concept until it launched last July in Mumbai.

They wouldn't say when the Nano might arrive in the U.S. or how much it might cost here, although Ratan Tata, chairman of the group of Tata companies, has said it should be ready for U.S. distribution in about three years.

Tata Motors already has made a European version of the four-seat car that will cost about $8,000 when it debuts in 2011, and a Tata Technologies official said privately that the U.S. version is expected to have a comparable price. The official did not want to be identified because the price has not been made public.

Warren Harris, Tata Technologies president, would only say that the price would be more than the roughly $2,500 charged in India.

"The structural changes that would need to be made, the changes that would be required as far as emissions are concerned, and some of the features that would be appropriate to add to the vehicle for the North American market, obviously that would drive up the price point," he said.

Tata Technologies could be involved in bringing the car up to U.S. standards, said Tony Jones, associate vice president of the global automotive practice.

Before it can be sold here, the car's two-cylinder, 623cc engine would have to be engineered to meet stronger U.S. pollution standards, he said. Airbags would have to be added, the roof strengthened and the front bumper lengthened to meet U.S. requirements to limit damage in a 5-mph crash.

The Spartan interior, with flat bucket seats, three knobs, a horizontal switch and a steering wheel, also would have to be changed to comply with U.S. safety standards that limit movement of passengers not wearing seat belts.

Jones said the Nano Europa has airbags and has passed European safety tests with flying colors.

The Nano, with 12-inch diameter tires, electric windows in the front and crank windows in the back, gets 50 mpg on the highway and has a top speed of 65 mph.

If the $8,000 price tag holds true, it would cost far less than the $9,970 Hyundai Accent, currently the car with the lowest base sticker price in the U.S., according to the automotive Web site. The price excludes shipping

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Blogger SNAKE HUNTERS said...


In Copenhagen the terminology was altered to "Climate Change" -

This winter, Tennessee was the coldest in years, down into the low teens for ten days, and in Florida citrus crops jeoparized, were also in the mid-teens in January, as Senator Gore sallied forth in his Gulfstream II.

P.S. Those Hindus better get crackin' on a few new highways and secondary roads to accomodate a million new cars, even tiny ones!
The push-carts, four-passenger mo-peds, and bicycles are gonna be a real serious traffic hazard! - Whew!


8:16 PM  
Blogger no_slappz said...

People want cars and prosperity, even if it means the air gets a tiny bit warmer.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I want is a jalopy!

6:24 PM  

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