Gallery: The Tata Magic Iris and Ace Zip Truck Is an Extra Micro Ride


Tiny Indian cars are adorable and we’ve just found two more that tickle our fancy: The Tata Magic Iris and Ace Zip. These micro trucks are miniature, green and inexpensive, and have been billed in their press release as being designed for “deep penetration goods movement.” With twelve-inch micro tires, a body mercifully made of safe steel, a tiny turning radius of 3.5 meters, a 611-cc water-cooled engine, and 11 horsepower, you really can’t guzzle gas on that level of performance. So what is it that these cars do, again?


That’s a detail the press release failed to include, but we do know that the Ace Zip pickup truck’s payload is 600 kg. The covered Magic Iris is designed to be a 3-4 seater, though you’d need a southern Indian climate to want to ride in the back of a pickup covered in canvas. The Ace Zip also comes with “a sleek steering wheel, comfortable seats and a roomy cabin, ensuring that the driver has a fatigue free experience, resulting in higher productivity and a significantly superior earning opportunity for the operator.” (awesome – so it will make you rich, too) Both trucks come with a 36,000-km or 12-month warranty.

Will you be picking one up? We kind of want to buy one just to enjoy its cheerful face, and to see if it can drive up a hill.

+ Tata

Via Paul Tan


or your inhabitat account below


  1. garagecat June 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    This would be the perfect city or warehouse truck with electric drive.

  2. mark zed June 7, 2011 at 3:07 am

    not that much lower powered than the old Suzuki carry van my family had in the early 80’s… steep hills were… lets say problematic, low gear all the way.

  3. caeman June 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

    11 HP and a 600kg pay load? Wow, that must be some REALLY low gearing to accomplish that. I must admit, they are cute. If you are running a nursery or farm and don’t want to spring for a Gator, I guess one of these would work in a pinch.

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home