I reckon that Tata Motors Limited’s launch of the Nano really is a case of history being repeated – just like in the late 1960s when BLMC had the Mini and Jaguar under the same corporate umbrella, the company which owns the beautiful Jaguar range and the handsome Land Rover collection has also launched a new Mini car.
There has been some debate as to whether or not the MINI is a successor to the Mini, but few could disagree that the MINI has a very different appeal to that of the first Mini. The original Mini was designed and built to be a roomy and cheap form of transport. The MINI is more like a Radley handbag – flash, expensive and smelling of leather – whereas the Nano, with its appeal to the people and its innovative design, is a true mini car.
The Nano has been designed and built to provide cheap, roomy, transport – to get the Indian family off the moped and into a car. This new Mini may look very basic and it is, but it may come as a surprise to know that Tata has applied for several patents relating to the design of the Nano. A lot of thought has gone into the design – for example, the battery is next to the engine to avoid long copper leads.
No doubt some customers will tweak the tiny engine to give a more exciting ride…