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Renault-Nissan Teams Up with Bajaj Auto On Ultra-Efficient $3,000 Car

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On July 13, 2010 @ 1:00 am In automotive,Green Transportation,Innovation | 3 Comments

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Ultra energy-efficient cars [2] don’t always have to come with a high price tag. One upcoming vehicle from Renault-Nissan [3] and India’s Bajaj Auto [4] will, in fact, cost just $3,000 and reach an impressive 70 mpg. The Renault-Nissan Alliance has been working with Bajaj (India’s second-largest bike manufacturer) on development of the vehicle for two years, but the partners just signed a memorandum of understanding this past week.

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The mini-car, nicknamed ULC (Ultra Low Cost, perhaps?), is expected to go on sale on India in 2011. Approximately 200,000 cars are expected to be sold each year.

Of course, the Bajaj/Renault-Nissan car won’t be the only efficient, low-cost vehicle on India’s roads. The Tata Nano [6], which costs just $2,160, gets 51.7 mpg on city road conditions and 61.1 mpg on highways. So while the Nano is a bit cheaper, the Bajaj car will win out on efficiency — at least until Tata releases an electric model [7].

We just have one question: when will the battle of the cheap, efficient vehicles migrate to the U.S. and Europe?

+ Bajaj Auto [4]

Via Autobloggreen [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/Bajaj-ed01.jpg

[2] cars: http://inhabitat.com/tag/car/

[3] Nissan: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/06/11/what-will-the-nissan-leaf-ev-sound-like/

[4] Bajaj Auto: http://www.bajajauto.com/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/Bajaj-ed02.jpg

[6] Tata Nano: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/01/tata-nano-worlds-cheapest-car-to-go-hybrid/

[7] electric model: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/04/all-electric-tata-nano-revealed-in-geneva/

[8] Autobloggreen: http://green.autoblog.com/2010/07/12/renault-nissan-signs-mou-with-bajaj-auto-to-develop-ultra-effici/

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