I don't see why some company doesn't just make a cheap 4 wheeled car that meets US regulations. If Tata can make a car that costs $2,000 it shouldn't be too hard to get something under $10,000.
I can't think of a single "three wheel car of the American people" venture that actually succeeded in its mission. The list is long from the Dale all the way to the Elio.
For me, Saturn was one of the last great attempts at cheap transport for the masses...then GM did its thing and Saturn became the also-ran it was until its eventual death.
You know how many times I have heard "I'd hate to be in that thing and get hit by a....." My reply is " What would you want to be in??" I doubt anyone would WANT to be in a crash, but then most people don't wear a belt with suspenders do they??I don’t believe, I’d want to be in a crash in a Tata. Or a Yugo either. Saturn brand, couldn’t compete with Honda, Toyota, and any of the Japanese brands. Comparable price range too. Had plastic door gaps, you could stick you whole hand though. Cheapest grade interior. Oil leakers. The last of that brand models, were more refine. Clones, of the Chevy, Pontiac, and GMC. GM dropped Saturn, hasn’t looked back.
The VW Bug was the vehicle for the masses. If you want a 3 wheel vehicle. Polaris slingshot.
Actual Chevy sells a smaller car. It’s called the Spark. Starts around $13k. 39mpg.You know how many times I have heard "I'd hate to be in that thing and get hit by a....." My reply is " What would you want to be in??" I doubt anyone would WANT to be in a crash, but then most people don't wear a belt with suspenders do they??
I have seen full size SUV's that have been in seemingly minor crashes with more tragic results than a well engineered smaller car. (I know the Tata does not fall in that range) but I don't use crash protection as the number one reason to buy a car. Maybe we should all hang old tires around the outside of our cars to avoid being hit, then put on a suit made of multiple layers of bubble wrap and we would be safe. Probably wouldn't be able to move but...
Chevy does make a lower cost car, Sonic with a starting price of around $15k so there you go. kind of like driving a roller skate that needs a push now and then, but 30 mpg isn't bad for that price.