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The world's 10 cheapest cars

Last updated on: April 7, 2011 10:43 IST

Image: Tata Nano.

Car makers across the world have been manufacturing cheaper cars to woo more buyers.

India, a booming market for passenger cars, manufactures 4 of the world's cheapest cars.

Check out 10 cars you can buy for $3000-$10,000, according to the Top 10 List.

Tata Nano

The world's cheapest car, Tata Nano is rear-engined, a four-passenger city car from the Tata Motors family.

Though it was billed as the Rs 1 lakh car, the price has risen with the increase in material costs. 

Around 8,707 units of the Nano were sold in March 2011.

Price: $3056.


Top speed:105 kmph
Rear-wheel drive
2-cylinder, 624 cc, 33 bhp
Multi point fuel injection petrol engine.
Length: 3100 mm
Height: 1600 mm
Width: 1500 mm

The world's 10 cheapest cars

Image: Chery QQ.

Chery QQ

The Chery QQ is manufactured by the Chinese manufacturer Chery Automobile since 2003.

In 2006, the car was renamed the Chery QQ3 in China, when Chery launched their new supermini, the Chery QQ6.

Being similar to Daewoo's Matiz, Chery QQ faced several trademark issues. Chery QQ won the title of the 'Best Chinese Brand in 2010'.

Price: $4,781.

Chery QQ specs

Body style: 5-door hatchback
 Transmission: 5-speed manual EZ-drive
Semi-automatic transmission
Wheelbase 2,340 mm (92.1 in)
Length: 3,550 mm (139.8 in)
Width: 1,495 mm (58.9 in)
Height: 1,485 mm (58.5 in)

The world's 10 cheapest cars

Image: Maruti 800.
Maruti Suzuki 800

Maruti 800 has remained one of the best selling models from Maruti Suzuki in India. Till 2004, Maruti 800 was the India's largest selling compact car

Over 2.9 million Maruti 800 cars have been sold since its launch in 1984.

However, Maruti 800, will not be available in 13 Indian cities that have switched to the Bharat Stage IV (BS IV) emission norms. The car, which was once the prized possession of millions will soon be completely phased out.

Price: $4,994


Body style: 5-door hatchback
Engine: 796 cc
Transmission: 4 or 5 speed manual
Wheelbase: 2,175 mm (85.6 in)
Length: 3,335 mm (131.3 in)
Width: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)

The world's 10 cheapest cars

Image: Geely MR.
Geely MR

A subcompact car produced by Chinese automaker Geely Automobile since May 2000. The Merrie is a five-door hatchback that looks like a sedan.

Price: $5,500


Body style: 5-door hatchback
4-door sedan
Engine: 1.3 L/1.5 L, 4 Cylinder, DOHC, MPI, 16 Valves
Wheelbase: 2,340 mm (92.1 in)
Length: 3,825 mm (150.6 in)
Width: 1,670 mm (65.7 in)
Height: 1,386 mm (54.6 in)

The world's 10 cheapest cars

Image: Geely HQ SRC.
Geely HQ SRC

Another car from Geely Automobile, the Geely HQ SRC is built on the platform of Daihatsu Charade (1980 model).

Price: at $5,780

5-seater hatchback (liftback) sedan
Petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine

The world's 10 cheapest cars

Image: Chery A-1.
Chery A-1

The Chery A1 is a 5-door compact car manufactured by Chery Automobile.

It is available in three models: standard, comfortable and luxury.

Price: $7,340


Length:  3700 mm
Width: 1578 mm
Height: 1527 mm
Wheelbase (mm): 2390
Engine litres (cc): 1297

The world's 10 cheapest cars

Image: Tata Indica.
Tata Indica

Yet another car from Tata Motors, Tata Indica is India's first indigenously developed passenger car.

Indica sales stood at 6,937 vehicles in March, lower by 40 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Price: $8,500


Length: 3,690 mm (145 in)
Base: 3,675 mm (144.7 in)
Width: 1,665 mm (65.6 in)
Top version: 1,485 mm (58.5 in)
Height: 1,485 mm (58.5 in)

The world's 10 cheapest cars

Image: Hyundai i10.
Hyundai i10

Manufactured at Hyundai's Chennai plant, the car was launched on 31 October 2007.

Hyundai recently launched i10 Electric in Delhi Auto Expo and is expected to be available in India by 2011.

Price: $9,096

Body style 5-door hatchback
Engine 1.1L Epsilon I4 petrol
1.2L Kappa I4 petrol
1.1L CRDI VGT U-Line I3 diesel
Transmission: 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic

Wheelbase: 2,380 mm (93.7 in)
Length: 3,565 mm (140.4 in)
Width: 1,595 mm (62.8 in)
Height: 1,550 mm (61.0 in)

The world's 10 cheapest cars

Image: Fiat Palio.
Fiat Palio

The Fiat Palio is one of the best selling models from the company.  The car is aimed at developing countries.

The Palio platform is also used to produce Fiat Siena sedan, Fiat Palio Weekend station wagon, Fiat Palio Adventure SUV Crossover and Fiat Strada pickup truck.

It is produced in Brazil, Argentina, India, Turkey, South Africa and China.

Price: $9,242

Length: 3827 mm
Width:  1620 mm
Height: 1440 mm
Wheelbase: 2373 mm
Ground clearance: 170 mm
Weight (kgs) 990

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Image: Renault Logan.
Renault Logan

Launched in September 2004, the Dacia Logan is a car produced jointly by the French manufacturer Renault and its subsidiary Dacia of Romania.

It is manufactured at Dacia's automobile plant in Mioveni, Romania, in Colombia, Brazil, Russia, Morocco, Iran, India and South Africa.

Price: $9,477

Type: 4 cylinder ,8 valve 4 cylinder ,8 valve 4 cylinder ,8 valve
Displacement: 1390
Max. Power (hp/rpm): 75/5500
Max. Torque: (nm/rpm 110/3000
Length: 4247 (mm)
Width: 1740 (mm)
Height: 1534 (mm)
Wheel Base: 2630 (mm)