|The Tata Nano car hits the streets of Mumbai as the world's cheapest car, priced at $2,000 U.S.|
Tata Motors officials have said the first 100,000 Nanos will be delivered by the end of 2010. Another 55,021 customers have agreed to wait until 2011 to get their cars.
Tata Motors Chairman Ratan Tata handed over the keys to a silver Tata Nano LX to Ashok Raghunath Vichare, 59, a Mumbai customs officer chosen by lottery to receive the first ultra-cheap car. It's the family's first automobile.
"I am very happy, I can't say how happy I am," Vichare's wife, Shaila, told reporters.
Tata's plan for the "people's car" was derailed after violent farmer protests forced the company to relocate a planned Nano factory from West Bengal state to Gujarat, delaying production.
The company has scrambled to open the dedicated Gujarat factory, which can make 250,000 Nanos a year, by early 2010. Meanwhile, it can produce 50,000 Nanos annually at an existing car plant in Pantnagar, in northern India.Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.