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Tata Nano Update: Now En Route To The U.S. Around 2013

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Last we heard, the Tata Nano was scheduled for a U.S. launch by 2012. In a recent interview with Reuters, however, chairman Ratan Tata pushes back that rollout by a full year. Now, the world's cheapest car -- which is currently being re-tooled for its European debut in late 2011 -- is expected to launch in three years, or around the start of 2013. Mr. Tata said, "For the United States we need a car which has a larger engine and we need additional crash test modifications and we are in the process of doing it." We're guessing that Tata also needs time to work out distribution, since Jaguar Land Rover has made it clear that they won't be responsible for Nano sales. For a fuller recap, check John Voelcker's post at GreenCarReports [Reuters via Freep]

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