Inexpensiveness doesn’t necessarily mean low quality. Convention has it that high quality is always associated with high price. It may be so on most times. But it could differ on certain occasions. We do make the mistake of buying an expensive car that not only burns a hole in our pocket, but burns excessive fuel, and also burns the Ozone layer. The new age formula is to cut down on costs of manufacturing and produce lower-costing cars. Often, cars are expensively priced because their manufacturing processes are expensive. All these expenses are borne by the final product (car).
Car manufacturers have adopted processes like Lean Manufacturing and Gemba Kaizen to produce cars with minimum resource-utilization. This means that in the event of a low-cost manufacturing process, the cars can be inexpensively priced as well. Below is a list of 5 inexpensive and quality cars in Europe.
1. Dacia Logan: Europe's cheapest car
Romanian manufacturer Dacia’s Logan is a low cost hatchback that supplements its existing fleet of sedans. Dacia has two low-cost versions of Logan. Both of them retain the 1.4 and 1.6 liter four cylinder engines achieving 75 and 90 bhp respectively.
Dacia is the Romanian subsidiary of Renault. Logan is also in sale in Mexico. Known under the name of Nissan Aprio Logan is making a lot of traction in the Mexican market. In Italy, the Logan is available in LPG versions. Results from the last Challenge Bibendum showed that the LPG-fitted Logan was low on emissions.
Dacia Logan is built in a lot of countries. They are namely, Romania, Turkey, Brazil, India, and Iran. Deriving design and functional inspiration from Renault’s Clio and Nissan’s Micra, Dacia Logan is designed keeping only low-cost in mind. As for buyers, they can only keep cost in mind when purchasing the Dacia Logan.
2. Tata Nano Europe's cheapest car
Nano is currently the cheapest car in the Indian subcontinent. The tiny and fascinating Nano has captured everyone’s imagination. With a length and width of 3.29 and 1.58 meters respectively, it could fit into a small space by the side of your home. For a car of this size, it has good leg space due to the fact that is wheelbase is slightly longer. Nano’s engine is a 3-cylinder sporty all-aluminum MPFI gasoline engine that delivers economy and low emissions. The power steering is electric and the transmission is 5-speed automatic.
The Tata Nano Europa is Nano’s voyage in the European market. Like Nano, the Nano Europa carries forward Nano’s legacy of exterior sturdiness and interior deftness. Nano Europa has a design that absorbs energy. This means energy is re-utilized in the form of momentum. And then there is safety technology such as ABS (Anti-braking system), ESP (Electronic stability program) and airbags.
Offering a pleasurable driving experience, the Tata Nano Europa is highly affordable, and environment friendly. In a world that is becoming increasingly space-conscious, the Tata Nano Europa is a revelation. Given its limitations, the car does make an impact. For the discerning car-buyer, who wants a small-budget car that also fits snuggly in the porch, the Tata Europa clearly fits the bill.
3. T.27 Electric Car Europe's cheapest car
Prof. Gordon Murray is known for designing the McLaren Formula 1 car. This time he has raised excitement with his creation – the T.27 city car. It is supposedly the world’s most efficient electric car. The car is born out of sustained efforts of Murray from many many years.
From the time he unveiled the Formula 1 car, it had been Murray’s dream to make an electric car that will capture everyone’s imagination. Added to it, he wanted to make a very small car that could fit anywhere. This inspired him to create the T.27.
Three people can sit in the car. The door swings open upwards. Powered by an electric motor, it can hit speeds of 60mph. It is better than its contemporaries in this regard, namely the Mitsubishi's i-Miev and Smart Car.
4. Fiat Palio Europe's cheapest car
Fiat Palio is a roomy small car. Quite a contradictory statement this. How can a car be roomy and yet be spacious? Not just that, it comes with power steering, plush seat-covers, stylish dashboard, and sleek
exteriors. Coming in four variants, Fiat Palio has double barrel clear headlamps. So when you are driving on a winding road, you won't have any blind spots. The front bumper of the car is curved perfectly for a
fast drive, and a safe one on busy roads. With all this appeal, what's even more appealing is the price. Competitively, yet comfortable priced, the Fiat Palio is anyone's anyday buy.
5. Lada Granta – Europe’s cheapest car
Lada Granta is a car that will soothe your pockets as much as it soothes your drive. Lada Granta is actually an enhanced version of Sedan. The car has been designed by Ivan Lepeshkin who has manager to give the car a robust look, and yet make it look appealing.
A lot of design modifications have been done. Thinner tires mean that extra bit of leg space. The new suspension gives you better control of the car. Store more in the car courtesy its bigger boot. The car is
priced around 8000 dollars. Now for a car of this gravity, that price is sure a steal!