Nano to Roll out This Monday


The Nano, publicized to be the world’s cheapest car, will finally be initiated from Mumbai.

The Tata group, India’s largest manufacturing house, is all set for the commercial roll-out of the small-car that knocked the international headlines last year, both after its unveiling at the Auto Show in New Delhi and then becoming the centerpiece of a political controversy over the location of its plant at Singur in West Bengal.

Showcasing its archetype previous year, Tata Motors had proclaimed that it will cost all of Rs.100, 000 ($2,000) at factory gates – the lowest cost for any car so far.

Tata Motors hope to start from the second week of April advance bookings for the 624-cc jellybean car, which has a snub nose, a sloping roof and just about room for five to squeeze in.

With a length of 3.1 meters, a width of 1.5 meters and a height of 1.6 meters, Nano also has sufficient ground clearance and can effortlessly maneuver on busy roads in cities as well as in rural areas.

‘Let me announce today that the dealer price for the car will be Rs.100, 000 only,’ Ratan Tata, chairman of the group, had said last year, standing in front of the automobile he had promised to deliver four years ago, taking the project as a personal challenge.

‘A promise is a promise,’ Tata had said, seeking to drive home the point he will deliver the car at the same price as he had set four years ago, despite major escalations in input costs.


March 22, 2009. Tags: , , . products. Leave a comment.

Internet Explorer 8

Overall, IE8 is a great development over earlier Microsoft browsers, and I believe it is on a par with rivals such as FireFox and Safari in terms of features, performance and ease of use. This may not be adequate to entice back users who have defected to FireFox over the last few years, but it is absolutely worth the upgrade for those still using older versions of IE.

The most important feature of IE8 is its greater adherence to standards such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The positive aspect of this is that it drives superior Web interoperability, but it may cause problems with web content designed around the idiosyncrasy found in earlier versions of IE.

March 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . products. Leave a comment.