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Tata planning world’s cheapest hybrid vehicle

There was a big stir when Tata Motors made the Nano public, designated as the plant's cheapest vehicle. Whether the Indian carmaker can also produce the world's cheapest hybrid vehicle is contingent on the definition of hybrid.

Tata is reportedly working on an extra ecological variant of the Nano microcar that will highlight, among others, start/stop capabilities and is referring to it as a micro hybrid.

Putting the play on words aside, the technology supplied by Bosch is anticipated to lower fuel consumption and enhance emissions by an estimated 5 to 10 percent, and all of these for just a couple extra hundred dollars.

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Skoda plans to build a low-cost sedan to compete with Dacia Logan

Skoda, the Czech unit of Volkswagen AG, will soon have a low-cost family sedan to rival the Logan, which is a product of Renault's Dacia subsidiary.

CEO Reinhard Jung said that within two or three years, Skoda will have its new model go on sale for a price that is estimated to be between 10,000 and 12,000 euros.

While the CEO failed to provide more details, we´ve received reports from German press that the new car will be positioned between the Octavia compact and Fabia subcompact and would use components from both those models. Compared to the Logan, the new Skoda car will be priced higher and will be more upscale.

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More details about Skoda’s Logan fighter

Skoda has revealed new details about a low-cost family sedan set to rival the Logan, which is produced by Renault's Dacia subsidiary. In the union's weekly newsletter, Skoda union chief Jaroslav Povsik sid that a mock-up of the new car, which is dubbed A Entry, has been presented.

The Mlada Fronta Dnes Czech daily newspaper said that the model could have a price tag of about 260,000 crowns ($13,650), which places it at a notch somewhere between Skoda's Fabia subcompact and the Octavia sedan.

The newspaper thinks that the car would be targeting lower-income customers looking for a larger family car.

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Renault-Nissan alliance inks deal to produce an ultra low-cost car to be sold in India

Last Thursday, an agreement was signed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Bajaj Auto that seeks to produce an ultra low-cost car to be sold in India and other emerging markets.

Renault-Nissan, along with Bajaj, plans to launch this model in 2012. This car is intended to compete directly with Tata Motors Ltd.'s Nano, the world's cheapest car.

Bajaj will handle the design, manufacturing and sourcing for the car while Renault-Nissan would be responsible for marketing in India and overseas. The US and Europe are recovering but remain unsteady.

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Although the details have yet to be figured out, Nissan Motor Co. revealed plans to bring a new global small car to the United States after 2010 that will be positioned below its current entry-level product, the Nissan Versa.

Nissan officials said that there is a major campaign to sell a million vehicles each year from a recently created low-cost "V platform" and that the US market will be included in this endeavor.

Three models are created from this small platform, namely: a four-door sedan, a five-door hatchback and a multipurpose vehicle.

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Another entry-level low-cost car could be entering the Indian market. China's Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation Group (SAIC) and General Motors Company are considering a plan to explore and launch the A1 segment car that could be positioned below Spark and cost anywhere between US$ 3,500-4,000. GM has recently set up a US$100 million joint venture in Hong Kong to focus on the Asian markets. 

Industry sources claim that there are no immediate plans for GM India to produce an entry-level low cost car. However, if it does get launched, it will come out from its Talegaon unit and would be made available in several emerging markets.

Of course, the design inputs for the car will originate from India. It's also likely that the car will be positioned in other markets that include Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and China.

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To pay tribute to Hiromu Naruse (the chief test driver who recently died in a road accident near the Nurburgring while testing a Lexus LFA), Toyota is creating a front-engined, rear-drive model - Naruse's pet project. For this new model, Toyota will transform a hot hatch concept into a low-cost, rear-wheel-drive coupe.

Based on the GRMN Hot Hatch Concept, this new model was unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon at the start of 2010. It is engineered to have less expensive performance and appeal than the FT-86, which has been delayed and has had its price inflated ever since it was approved for production.

In an interview, Hiromu Naruse was asked what his young engineers sought to build. He replied, "A car that is a blast to drive and rear-wheel drive. And priced low enough to get younger buyers into it."

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