1. If by “suprisingly well” you mean it would fail several mandatory US tests, and had to have a “remotely triggered air bag” installed to pass the EU tests, then sure… In order to bring a car like this to the US it will need quite a bit of re-work beyond what was done to get it to pass the EU tests (which was extensive). It will probably double the price at least. Still, not a bad price for car, but don’t look for it in the US soon unless you’re looking for a speed-limited urban transport.

    Also, the mpg rating is a little misleading, since they’re using imperial gallons (which are larger than standard gallons) and it’s based on a single occupant. Realisticly these cars in India will probably be used often for family transport, with 3 to 5 people being transported at once. Most families in India have mopeds already, which can seat 3 or 4, and get better mileage than the Tata.

    Add to that: When the Tata does come to the US, they will probably step up the motor a bit to lower the 0 to 60 time (which is now about 22 seconds). Smart did this with it’s micro-car when they brought it to the US, bosting from a 52HP engine to a 71HP engine. Between that and the additional weight (~500 pounds) for new safety bars and such, the mpg droped from 55mpg to about 38mpg mixed.

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