Tata Nano Bound for U.S., But Who Will Buy It?

Tata Nano

Ratan Tata has a lot of things to his credit. He’s a successful businessman, owns two luxurious car brands and has the coolest name in the auto business.

This is the man who managed to slip Jaguar and Land Rover under his Tata Motors umbrella while also building and selling the world’s cheapest car, the Tata Nano.

Of course, the Nano hasn’t exactly risen to the occasion as the spectacular new Jags and Rovers have. In fact, there have been more than a few cases of the 2-cylinder, 37-hp cars bursting into flames and burning up on the side of the road. That’s not good for business—just ask Henrik Fisker (the guy with the second-coolest name in the biz).

So why, in his right mind, would Mr. Tata think the Nano could thrive in the United States?

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Five Cars Worth Waiting For

2012 Hyundai Veloster

One of the worst feelings in the world is spending big money on an item, then waking up the next morning to see that a new and improved version will soon be released.

It’s happened to me with computers, cameras and iPods. Just last month, for example, I finally caved and bought an iPhone4, only to read that the iPhone5 could come out next month. Of course it will – that’s just my luck.

Many people buy a new car, then find out later that if they had waited 6 months to a year, a better replacement would arrive. Nailing down exact release dates of future models is no easy task, but for car buyers who aren’t in a hurry, keeping one eye on what’s in the automotive pipeline could really pay off.

In the coming months, some pretty sweet rides will show up  at dealers across the country. Start making room in your garage now for one these:

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