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Old 03-28-08, 06:59 AM   #1
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Hmm should I get a XK or a Nano?

If you have not heard Ford sold off Jaguar and Range Rover to Tata Motors of India the makers of the Nano car. Should be interesting to see what this does to resale value.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/877ad6aa-f...077b07658.html
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I waiting to see how long it will take for Jeremy Clarkson to recover from his heart attack after reading the news.
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There is some irony in an Indian firm buying two historical British cars. Next we will see the Chinese buy Toyota
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If you have not heard Ford sold off Jaguar and Range Rover to Tata Motors of India the makers of the Nano car. Should be interesting to see what this does to resale value.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/877ad6aa-f...077b07658.html
It sure isn't going to hurt Range Rover since just about every quality report I've seen for the past 10 years or so has them ranked dead last or nearly so.
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I waiting to see how long it will take for Jeremy Clarkson to recover from his heart attack after reading the news.
As controversial as Clarkson is, he's the only reason I watch Top Gear.
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There is some irony in an Indian firm buying two historical British cars.
Wow, hadn't thought of that. Just some irony? My, what's become of the British Empire?!

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Obviously not likely. Unfortunately I wouldn't be surprised if a Chinese company attempts to buy an American car company. Wasn't Chrysler spun off to an investment group (always willing to entertain offers)?
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I heard the Chinese company, Chery, will be selling cars under its own name this year, or under a rebadged name.

I don't know much about their cars, but I do know their quality of manufacture has gone up by major leaps and bounds since the first ill-fated QQs.
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I was expecting this to be about portable music players. In a round about way it is.
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I don't know much about their cars, but I do know their quality of manufacture has gone up by major leaps and bounds since the first ill-fated QQs.
I know I'll never buy a commie car in my lifetime, but the scary thing is that China requires foreign car companies who build factories in China to partner with a Chinese company, so basically all these car companies desperate to get into the Chinese market are accelerating their inevitable demise by sharing their manufacturing know-how with the next great superpower.
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For those who have not seen the Nano 100,000 rupees = $2,500. Its meant to be a replacement for all of the skooters and took tooks out there. Actually a pretty smart idea, but it is billed as the worlds cheapest car. Not exactly the branding jaguar or land rover owners want.

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For those who have not seen the Nano 100,000 rupees = $2,500. Its meant to be a replacement for all of the skooters and took tooks out there. Actually a pretty smart idea, but it is billed as the worlds cheapest car. Not exactly the branding jaguar or land rover owners want.

Gawd, that is small. I doubt 2 typical overweight Americans could even fit into the front seats.
Would be a lot of fun to watch them try though.
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Gawd, that is small. I doubt 2 typical overweight Americans could even fit into the front seats.
Would be a lot of fun to watch them try though.
After peak oil drives up food and gas prices, slimmed down Americans will all be driving nanos.
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I know I'll never buy a commie car in my lifetime, but the scary thing is that China requires foreign car companies who build factories in China to partner with a Chinese company, so basically all these car companies desperate to get into the Chinese market are accelerating their inevitable demise by sharing their manufacturing know-how with the next great superpower.
What is sad is that US companies happily do this because it gets them slightly ahead in the quarter to quarter to earnings reports, which is what all that seems to matter these days.

I wonder when the Aptera will become commercialy available -- if all goes south in the oil industry, having a plug in hybrid that can hang in the fast lane and do 0-60 faster than my current ride is good.

If I had to buy something as dinky as a Nano, I'd just buy a motorcycle with a detachable sidecar.

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So some random Indian company owns Jaguar and Land Rover. Their previous owner was Ford. The bar was already set pretty low for those two.
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