Tata Nano Sales are Hot, But Not as Hot as Tata Nanos

Alternately described as the World’s least expensive car, and, what your customer service rep drives, the Tata Nano has had a launch marred by controversy. First was the riot that closed the Nano factory for a time, and then it was the significantly higher price quoted for the upscale European model.
And now, apparently they’re having issues with the cars bursting into flame, even when the owners aren’t trying to default on their car loans and collect the insurance money. Satish Sawant was cruising in his Nano when an overtaking motorcyclist alerted him to the flames and smoke emanating from the rear-mounted engine compartment of his diminutive ride. It’s hard to say why he didn’t notice the smoke as one of the Nano’s standard features is a rear-view mirror.
By the time the fire department arrived, the egg-shaped Tata was completely engulfed in flames, ending up a total write-off and likely something you’ll see in a few months sporting a salvage title on Mumbai Craigslist.
This isn’t the first Nano to go tandoori, and may result in another round of service checks on the cars to try and determine if this was an isolated incident, or if Tata’s goal of becoming the Indian Toyota may bear a different fruit than desired.
Image and article source: [Indian Autos Blog via Engadget]

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17 responses to “Tata Nano Sales are Hot, But Not as Hot as Tata Nanos”

  1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    couldn't stand the wreath and went out martyr style.

  2. BrianTheHoon Avatar

    Save the … Tatas???

  3. Alff Avatar

    It's their newest model – the Tatarossa.

    1. BrianTheHoon Avatar

      Or is it the Tatzo?

      1. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

        Or Tataroasta.
        The most unfortunate thing about catching a Nano on fire? Not having any marshmallows handy.

  4. Benito Avatar

    And soon, people will be building tacky body kits for it, just like the last car to catch on fire just for fun…
    <img src="http://jeffsfireworks.com/images/fiero.jpg"&gt;
    (…I'm a not so closet fiero lover.)

  5. dmdukejr Avatar

    How did the front of that car catch fire?

    1. Alff Avatar

      It was an insurance job. Owner didn't feel like cleaning his vinyl siding.

  6. muthalovin Avatar

    I think I may know what the problem is….
    Case closed. Book 'em Danno

  7. Benito Avatar

    According to the forum post I found accompanying the picture, the poor guy has no idea.

  8. lilwillie Avatar

    Kill it with????Water?

  9. Goingincirclez Avatar

    Probably caused by heat buildup from the inherent surface friction that comes with looking slower than ketchup.

  10. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    I gotta say, the frowning headlamps and fire belching from the windshield make the goofy little car look evil!

  11. Charles_Barrett Avatar

    Obviously, Satish Sawant's family did NOT approve of his relationship with his Tata Nano, and when they found out that it had been PREVIOUSLY OWNED, and he was not its first owner, they had to decide between stoning it or setting it ablaze, given the disgrace it had brought upon the entire Sawant caste,..

  12. Tomsk Avatar

    Indian car catches fire. Frida Pinto is an Indian actress. The Ford Pinto had a habit of catching fire.
    This. Was. No. Accident.

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  14. vicky Avatar

    tata recalled the car and made some electrical switch changes. since then we haven't came across firing issues