World's cheapest car costs just over a grand

Here it is – the cheapest car you'll find this side of Frank's Car Lot. At £1,250 it's half the price of its nearest competitor from Suzuk

Here it is – the cheapest car you'll find this side of Frank's Car Lot. At £1,250 it's half the price of its nearest competitor from Suzuki.

It's made by none other than Tata – the same chaps looking to take over our dear Jaguar – and designed to offer an alternative to cramming an entire family onto a moped in booming India.

That new car ownership has suddenly been opened up for millions of Indian families hasn't gone down well with Greenpeace, who reckon Tata should have stuck its neck out and created a mass-market green machine. At least the Nano returns more than 50mpg.

Comforts are in short supply on the base model (pictured), which lacks air con (wind the windows down?) and a, er, nearside wing mirror. Thankfully there's a deluxe model on the way, with body-coloured bumpers and alloys – nice.

They'll have to pass European safety standards before they appear here. We'd drive one over, but then it's only got 30 horses under the bonnet.

Tata Nano

Price: £1,250

On sale: later this year in India

Contact: http://www.tata.com/