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Old 03-26-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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MUMBAI, India — Satish Sawant was proudly driving his first car home from the showroom: A brand-new silver Tata Nano, draped with a celebratory garland of marigolds.

Then there was smoke. And then there was fire.

Read more: Nano car bursts into flames, raising safety fears | World | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

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Tata 'NANO' - The People's Car from Tata Motors (http://tatanano.inservices.tatamotors.com/tatamotors/ - broken link)
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Old 03-26-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I have a tough time believing that cars from both India & China will be a good buy , or safe choice, for American roads & people.

But , sigh, there will be a few Americans that buy them then suffer for it.

Remember the Yugo or the Subaru F85?
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Old 03-26-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Maybe it was driver error.

Perhaps they should make a fire extinguisher standard.

No worries of sudden acceleration.

You can grill and drive at the same time.
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Old 03-26-2010, 03:53 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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I have a tough time believing that cars from both India & China will be a good buy , or safe choice, for American roads & people.

But , sigh, there will be a few Americans that buy them then suffer for it.

Remember the Yugo or the Subaru F85?
F85? You mean this little guy?

1970 Subaru 360 Deluxe Coupe For Sale
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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F85? You mean this little guy?

1970 Subaru 360 Deluxe Coupe For Sale
Yes, it could be. I remember a little different Subaru that was sold off rail cars for $500 back in the 1970's to anyone that would buy them in my area. Darn things broke down almost as soon as they were started so a lot of people wound up stuck with a new yard ornament.

On fella that lived near me had one in his yard for years as a testament to Japanese quality!
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Yes, it could be. I remember a little different Subaru that was sold off rail cars for $500 back in the 1970's to anyone that would buy them in my area. Darn things broke down almost as soon as they were started so a lot of people wound up stuck with a new yard ornament.

On fella that lived near me had one in his yard for years as a testament to Japanese quality!
haha that thing get 66MPG that beats a modren prius hybrid LOL
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Yes, it could be. I remember a little different Subaru that was sold off rail cars for $500 back in the 1970's to anyone that would buy them in my area. Darn things broke down almost as soon as they were started so a lot of people wound up stuck with a new yard ornament.

On fella that lived near me had one in his yard for years as a testament to Japanese quality!
Yet we can all see that Subaru makes good reliable vehicles today. I don't doubt that Indian/Chinese cars can be sold here successfully as long they pay attention to market demands (including quality at a certain price). It's not that they aren't capable of engineering great cars, there certainly are very many individuals holding engineering degrees in both countries, the problem they face is the same one that hurt the big three. Saving money and cutting corners in places where people notice does not prove to be a good long term solution.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Maybe he was transporting a propane bottle in the engine compartment. Saw that in a homevideo show once.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Maybe he was transporting a propane bottle in the engine compartment. Saw that in a homevideo show once.
lol, I don't doubt that it was a fault in the vehicle itself. Car fires are not an unknown occurrence in just about any brand of vehicle although the cost saving measures used in the Nano probably contribute more so than anything else.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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lol, I don't doubt that it was a fault in the vehicle itself. Car fires are not an unknown occurrence in just about any brand of vehicle although the cost saving measures used in the Nano probably contribute more so than anything else.
I don't doubt it either but some people do put strange items inside their cars today.
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