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At the least, it'll turn some heads

By Madhusmita Bora, Times Staff Writer
Published May 25, 2007


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If you are sensitive to noise, dust and the sun, this ain't your baby.

Yet the Tango is endearing because it's tiny, has a funny "toot-toot" horn and has enough leg room to accommodate even a 6-foot spouse.

And boy, is it a head-turner.

The interior is clean with a small dashboard equipped with cup holders, a 12-volt socket and enough room to place a purse, although I wouldn't recommend it. It has a bar for steering with a speedometer, light switches and wiper control.

The positives? It looks cool, feels safe (at least on quieter roads), is stingy on gas, has a decent size trunk and is fairly easy to drive, maneuver and park.

The negatives? It's loud, a tad bumpy, doesn't go faster than 50 mph, only has room for two and partially exposes you to the elements.

The Tango is a more sophisticated version of the auto rickshaws ruling the Indian roads. You won't dig it if you are a Danica Patrick wannabe. But if you like your ride cheap, loud and roughing it out, have a modest commute or are eager to save on rising gas prices, this may be your new set of wheels.

[Last modified May 24, 2007, 23:00:23]


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