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Many poor people happy; many rich people scared:

After years of secret preparation, the world’s cheapest car will be unveiled in Delhi this week – delighting millions of Indians as much as it is horrifying environmentalists.

At 100,000 rupees (£1,290), the People’s Car, designed and manufactured by Tata, is being marketed as a safer way of travelling for those who until now have had to transport their families balanced on the back of their motorbikes …

Analysts say the project could revolutionise car prices, not just in India, but globally. Several other manufacturers have similar products in the pipeline. These figures alarm environmentalists …

Progress. It’s not for brown people.

(Via JFB)

Posted by Tim B. on 01/06/2008 at 11:39 AM
    1. Believe me, these envirotards will be singing a different tune when they realize that the islamofascists can now afford to turn out thousands of more VBIEDs.

      Posted by Diggs on 2008 01 06 at 12:24 PM • permalink


    1. Tata recently purchased Jaguar and Land Rover.

      I wonder if we’ll get cheaper Jaguars, or mysterious electrical problems for the People’s car.

      Posted by Ernst Blofeld on 2008 01 06 at 01:10 PM • permalink


    1. Is there a People’s Truck on the horizon, or did it run out of the People’s Gas again?

      Posted by mojo on 2008 01 06 at 01:31 PM • permalink


    1. After years of secret preparation…

      Hardly surprising, given how the envirotards say “progress” when they really mean “regress”.

      The state’s communist government overcame violent protests from local people who were forced off their land to make way for the project.

      Heh!  I bet that a whole bunch of watermelons were pi$$ed off over this blatant support of capitalism.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 06 at 01:31 PM • permalink


    1. I’d think the greenies would be delighted.  From the description of the car (lots of plastic in place of steel), it appears that the death toll from traffic accidents in India will shoot up dramatically, thus reducing the Gaia-eating population.  Win-win, I would have thought.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 01 06 at 02:42 PM • permalink


    1. The “people’s car” sounds familiar.  Wonder where I heard that……

      Posted by chunt31854 on 2008 01 06 at 02:52 PM • permalink


    1. Re #6, chunt, given that the new Tata plant is located in an Indian state run by a communist government, it’s hardly a coincidence.

      Besides, commies are almost never original; they generally survive by stealing ideas from smarter people.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 06 at 03:21 PM • permalink


    1. Progress. It’s not for brown people.

      God damn, if that aint the truth.  Don’t make fun of their religions either.  That’s reserved for white people as well.

      Posted by Jimmy the Dhimmi on 2008 01 06 at 04:07 PM • permalink


    1. Mass production of inexpensive hybrid cars will happen, and it will help “drain the swamp”.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 01 06 at 05:02 PM • permalink


    1. We all know how good the Indians are at hotting up their cheap cars.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 01 06 at 05:24 PM • permalink


    1. #6 Read the article. The link to Volkswagen is well noted.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 01 06 at 05:25 PM • permalink


    1. Bodacious Tatas!

      Posted by goldsmith on 2008 01 06 at 08:50 PM • permalink


    1. Impressive scaremongering:  A reference to Hitler, a ‘time bomb’ and a tale of simple peasants forced from their land.

      Posted by Big Jim on 2008 01 06 at 08:55 PM • permalink


    1. Aren’t environmentalists already at ‘maximum alarmage’, like jihadists are with outrage?

      Posted by blogagog on 2008 01 06 at 09:31 PM • permalink


    1. Bodacious Tatas!


      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 06 at 10:03 PM • permalink


    1. #12 *giggling*

      Posted by missred on 2008 01 06 at 10:14 PM • permalink


    1. Tata, the Indian car company is also apparently on board to make [url=http://www.gizmag.com/go/7000/this[/url]

      It’s exciting! Reducing our reliance on oil will help us slip out of the saudis’ grasp. Any technical expertise around here able to comment?[

      Posted by carpefraise on 2008 01 07 at 02:32 AM • permalink


    1. Oh darn it!this

      Posted by carpefraise on 2008 01 07 at 02:33 AM • permalink


    1. Ever see a scuba-diving tank explode, carpe?

      Posted by mojo on 2008 01 07 at 12:43 PM • permalink


    1. #18 –

      Fiberglass?  It’s made of fiberglass?  That’s one step up from cardboard.

      Posted by Achillea on 2008 01 07 at 03:45 PM • permalink


    1. Dear Guardian,

      Please note the following:
      Tatas have delayed the launch of their new car to improve its environmental and safety aspects.

      Whether or not Tatas seek to export their car to Western countries (and whether it meets safety standards) is probably a moot point as they will be busy selling it to the growing number of people (tens of millions) who have been raised out of poverty through economic development in the last 17 years.

      This article from the Times of India may give you a slightly less biased view. It seems to suggest that the Tatas developed the car to take advantage of a niche market, not just to help with the dangers associated with motorcycling on Indian roads.

      Agree with #13 – needless scaremongering.

      By the way, the violence at the village in West Bengal which was the subject of a Maoist-inspired uprising had more to do with the factory proposed there by Indonesia’s Salim group than the Tata car plant.

      Hope to see you correct the above in your next edition.

      Not holding my breath.

      Posted by Shourik1 on 2008 01 08 at 05:31 AM • permalink


    1. Achillea, I wonder if that means it’ll be itchy if you ding it in the parking lot…instead of junk yards, it can be recycled as attic insulation? D’ya think they’ll change the name for export to the North American Continent? Maybe…TaDAH?

      Posted by KC on 2008 01 08 at 03:43 PM • permalink


  1. The poor benighted Hindu
    He does the best he kindo
    He sticks to his task
    from the first to the last
    and for his pants makes his skindo

    Posted by Just Some Poor Schmuck on 2008 01 08 at 07:51 PM • permalink