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Gallery: $2,000 Tata Nano to go on sale

India's Tata Motors reveals plans to take orders for the ultra-cheap Tata Nano, "the People's Car," and will begin delivery in July.

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India's Tata Motors announced plans to take orders in India beginning April 9 for the Tata Nano, an ultra-cheap car that runs on a 2-cylinder, 624cc-rear engine and is likely to be priced at around US$2,000. Tata expects to sell out its initial order of 100,000 Nanos for 2009 and is able to produce up to 350,000 vehicles in 2010. Read more about the Tata Nano and its low-cost design.

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The dimensions of the Tata Nano are 3.1 meters (10.1 feet) long by 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) wide - with a height of 1.6 meters (4.5 feet).

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The Tata Nano with come in three models: Tata Standard, Tata Nano CX (includes heat and A/C), and Tata Nano LX (includes fabric seats and front power locking.

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The Tata Nano is expected to have a top speed of 105 kilometers per hour (65 mph) and should be able to negotiate hills with an incline of 30 percent.

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Fuel efficiency is expected to be 23.6 km/liter or 55.5 miles per gallon.

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Potential buyers can reserve a Nano for as little as 2,999 rupees (US$59).

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The interior or a Nano.

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American car makers were quick to take notice of the Nano at the Geneva auto show. Here is Rick Wagoner CEO of General Motors.

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James Press, vice-chairman of Chrysler, takes a seat.

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Ujal Singh Bhatia, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the World Trade Organization, gets the feel of a Tataa Nano.

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Tata Nano at the Geneva auto show.

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Reporters inspect the Tata Nano at the Geneva auto show.

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