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Drop1
01-10-2008, 08:25 PM
Todays L.A.Times
India unveiled the four seater car designed to get fifty miles to the gallon,and sell for $2,500 dollars. web page (http://) t "green" cars is gaining momentum, and a wave of nostalgia has spurred sales of brands such as BMW's Mini and the Fiat 500 Cinquecento.

The car has a rear-mounted gasoline engine and travels about 50 miles per gallon, with a basic model and two deluxe variants and plans for diesel versions.

"The proof of the pudding will be in driving it, but visually it looks pretty good," said London-based auto analyst Ashvin Chotai, who was at the unveiling.

Tata said costs were kept low by cutting the size of the package, which brought about a reduction in material. Innovative processes and systems, for which the firm has filed 33 patents, also helped.

Chotai said deluxe variants, which will include features such as air-conditioning, would account for the bulk of sales. Tata expects the car to sell well in semi-urban and rural areas as well as India's cities. With Mexico,and China setting up a plant in Mexico,the auto world is becoming more interesting.