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Is the Bajaj RE60 the world’s cheapest car?

By SYF77 on 09 Jan 2012

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Four years ago, Renault-Nissan and Bajaj Auto announced plans to build an entry-level model for emerging markets. The result is the RE60, unveiled ahead of its debut at the New Delhi Auto Expo. Bajaj claims that the RE60 will be the world’s cheapest car, though it has not yet divulged its price.

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The diminutive four-seater model measures 2,752mm long, 1,312mm wide and 1,650mm tall. It is powered by a 20bhp 200cc engine that allegedly gives it a top speed of 70km/h. The RE60 weighs only 400kg and returns a claimed average fuel consumption of just 2.83L/100 km and emits just 60g/km of CO2.

According to managing director Rajiv Bajaj, the RE60 is aimed mainly to owners of three-wheelers who want to upgrade their ride. “We are not trying to make a car but a four wheeler meant to ferry people in cities,” Mr Rajiv told the Hindustan Times. "It is not an incremental but dramatic improvement over a three wheeler. There are over 5 million Bajaj three wheelers in the country today. That's the market we are aiming for," he added. Naturally, the RE60's closest competitor is the Tata Nano in India. Over the years, interest over the Nano waned and sales was plagued by fire incidents and technical problems.

Speaking with the Economic Times, Mr Rajiv said Renault and Nissan haven't seen the car yet but they can manufacture the RE60 to sell under their own brands.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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