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Bajaj RE60: could it become the world's cheapest car?

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Bajaj Auto's new RE60 four-wheeler could give the Tata Nano a run for its money as the world's most affordable car.

Step aside, Tata Nano. Its standing as the world's cheapest car could be in jeopardy.

Bajaj Auto, an Indian company known for its three-wheelers, is set to release its new four-wheeler, the RE60. Weighing in at only 880 pounds, the car reaches a top speed of 70 kilometers per hour (43 miles per hour), emits only 60 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, and gets a whopping 35 kilometers per liter (82 miles per gallon).

"We are very excited with the outcome of our efforts and, in the RE60, we believe we have an excellent solution for the mobility challenges arising from the rapid urbanization of India," said Rahiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto. "In the RE 60 we have an immediate solution to pollution that doesn't need new infrastructure, huge subsidies or time," he added.

At only 2752 millimeters (108 inches) long, the RE60, designed as an urban transport vehicle, seats up to four people. At a recent press conference, Bajaj spoke about the vehicle, emphasizing that it is meant as a replacement to a three-wheeler, and not a car. The RE60, which features a water-cooled 200cc engine with about 20 horsepower, will be available in gasoline, liquid propane gas and compressed natural gas varieties.

Standby for details on pricing, but given its positioning as an upgrade to a three-wheeler, the RE60's price point might give the Tata Nano a run for its money.

Photo: Courtesy of Indian Autos Blog

via [AutoblogGreen, Indian Autos Blog]

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Contributing Editor Channtal Fleischfresser has worked for The Economist, WNET/Channel 13, Al Jazeera English, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure