7. Fiat Palio $9,242
Born in Brazil and built in other Latin American countries, as well as Poland, Morocco, Turkey, India, South Africa China and Russia (the sedan version), the Fiat Palio is truly a “world car.” This car is one of the first models designed with emerging technologies in mind.
6. Hyundai i10 $9,096
Hyundai recently changed the names of its cars from actual words to numbers after the letter i. Because of this, the Atos, the smallest member of the Hyundai lineup, became the i10. It makes #8 on the list.
5. Tata Indica $8,500
The Indica has always been the ugly duckling in the European market, where it survives because there’s nothing cheaper available (well, the latest Fiat 600 can sometimes be found for under 6,000 EUR). The car is also sold in South Africa, where it’s a huge success.
4. Geely HQ SRC $5,780
The Geely HQ SRC is based on the mid-’80s Daihatsu Charade. If you don’t remember that particular vehicle, rest assured it was a quite competent subcompact at the time.
3. Suzuki Maruti 800 $4,994
Until the Tata Nano arrives, the Suzuki Maruti 800 — the “smallest car in production” — will be the cheapest car you can buy in India and in other nearby countries (and even South America). Some versions of the Maruti have even arrived in Europe.
2. Chery QQ $4,781
It’s almost twice as expensive as the cheapest car on the this list, but that doesn’t stop the Cherry QQ from coming in at #2. This car sparked some trademark issues because of similarities to the Daewoo/Chevrolet Matiz.
1. Tata Nano $2,497
This car is well thought out, and lots of patents have resulted from the creation process — from the Nano‘s powertrain to the assembly process itself. Will this car ruin the world? Some voices say that more cars on the roads imply more pollution, which is hard to argue against.