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Tata Nano passes first European crash tests [video]

Here at WorldCarFans, we'll use any excuse to show things get "blow'd up real good" (to quote John Candy's "Billy Sol Hurok").  Thus, we bring you this short video of a Tata Nano launched against an obstacle during crash testing.

Two modified versions of the tiny car were used in these tests in the UK, showing the potential for a Euro-spec version of the vehicle.  Although the company acknowledges that an unmodified version of the Nano would not be able to pass the tests, the company's head of engineering, Clive Hickman, said, "The basic car was never designed to come to Europe."

The test vehicles were crashed in a 50 km/h side impact collission, and a 56 km/h offset frontal impact test.  Factory installed modifications included additional foam at the cant rail, reinforcements across the length of the body, and more girth built into the front bumper and two front doors.

Test examiner Nic Fasci said, "It looks no different from other cars doing this test. It’s a good crash."  Fasci works with the Vehicle Certification Agency in the United Kingdom.

Passing these tests are the first step in bringing the Tata Nano to European shores by 2012.  These same standards will eventually be enforced by the Indian government.  A North American version is also a possibility.  Future versions of the Nano could include standard airbags, and increases to the length and width to accommodate the modifications.'

Big thanks to our main man Darren at teamspeed.com for the tip!

Published Jul 15, 2009 2:23 pm By Zack Newmark
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Comments (25)

 Mercprada Mercprada
Though compact seems to sailin its way in India.Europe N US r tough, safety n emission freaks.guess,he(RT)knows this.will prefer for a picnic though not Office :P
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August 14, 2009 1:19 pm
 Prince_Ash Prince_Ash
death trap on wheels no matter how you look at it.
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July 17, 2009 3:30 pm
 Iconic Iconic
The US needs this car. It's all they'll be able to afford when the rest of whatever jobs are available are outsourced to India.
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July 16, 2009 9:25 pm
 msinisa msinisa
this car is driving into the future, it's the beginning of bright future for India. If you guys didn't notice, the engine of humanity in the 21st century is in India, China, Brasil, Russia. The world needs to see those economies growing. USA is bankrupt, and we can't expect growth being exported from USA, except debts and problems. So thanks God, there is new Asia to lead the humanity into bright future.
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July 16, 2009 5:37 pm
 joshg_5 joshg_5
Bring it to North America and keep it under $4000. I want one.
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July 16, 2009 8:27 am
 WildMaverick1200 WildMaverick1200
That's no Volvo, but at least it's not a G wiz or FAW. Shows that Tata really wants to get in the market.
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July 16, 2009 4:10 am
 Wickedated Wickedated
This is the new Beetle. You'll see them by the million in South America and Chinese markets. If it passes EU code, it'll easily pass US codes.
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July 16, 2009 3:57 am
 ocean_drift ocean_drift
As usual negative comments keep flowing....but the car will go on to sell anyways.
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July 16, 2009 2:09 am
 BabyMilo BabyMilo
I still wouldnt get in one... It could have a 5 start NCAP rating but i still wouldnt get in it. This should be done to all Nanos
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July 16, 2009 12:29 am
 need4speed need4speed
by the way do you see how mangled that dummies arm was in the close up photo - shame on tata
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July 15, 2009 11:32 pm
 need4speed need4speed
still dont trust the damn thing. this thing needs to stay in its native land of india.
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July 15, 2009 11:31 pm
 dmanero dmanero
Well, we all know this car will never make it to the states or Europe. It will fail every time. What I don't get is Tata, builds an extremely low budget car for people that can not afford a real car and then even admits it will not pass the safety tests in its unmodified form so why bother bringing it to the Europe/America. I say keep you crap in your own country, better yet, close shop before you embarrass yourself even more.
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July 15, 2009 9:56 pm
 Teamspeed-Dj Teamspeed-Dj
Happy to share the info guys, this little thing could be a huge hit (no pun intended to the crash testing)
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July 15, 2009 8:56 pm
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
Yay, the Nano isn't built from lego as I thought. Maybe this car can be a hit and soon a future classic!
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July 15, 2009 8:15 pm
 livc444 livc444
One thing is for sure,I will not and mean will NOT allow my kids to travel in one of those! Not until it meets European or American safety standards!
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July 15, 2009 8:12 pm
 unknownuser unknownuser
wow immpresive! but crap
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July 15, 2009 8:00 pm
 eme7 eme7
mm...I still want to se the back and latteral impact damage...I dont like mini cars but this is really a sorprise for me
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July 15, 2009 7:44 pm
 dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
I would rather slit my wrists than have a crash inside this car, let alone get in one in the first place.
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July 15, 2009 7:44 pm
 Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
Although these mods will increase the cost of the car, rather usurping the thing that made it so appealing in the first place.
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July 15, 2009 7:30 pm