VIDEO: The tiny Tata Nano has passed current European front and side impact standard crash tests
The Tata Nano, an economy car launched in India early this year, was subjected to tests at the MIRA test centre last week under the supervision of an inspector from Britain’s Vehicle Certification Authority.
The test vehicles were crashed in a 50kph side impact collission, and a 56kph offset frontal impact test.
Passing these tests are the first step in bringing the Tata Nano to European and US shores by 2012. These same standards will eventually be enforced by the Indian government.
Tato intends to subject these cars to the NCAP testing, and is confident of a four-star rating.
Tata bosses are “delighted but not surprised” about the Nano’s successful crash tests at MIRA.
“We’ve conducted these tests in India already,” said Dr Clive Hickman, Tata’s head of engineering, “so we knew the car would pass. But it’s still a great moment.”
Future versions of the Nano could include standard airbags, and increases to the length and width to accommodate the modifications.'