The world’s cheapest car, costing just over £1,000, has been unveiled at a motor show in Delhi, sparking fears amongst environmentalists that emissions of carbon and pollutants associated with combustion engines could be set to soar.

The Tata Nano, produced by India’s Tata Motors, is designed to be an affordable family vehicle in the emerging economy and its release will be welcomed by millions living in the country.

The car meets India’s environmental standards but the very accessibility which makes it attractive will likely lead to a huge surge in the number of cars on India’s already-congested roads, and inevitably a corresponding rise in emissions.

Sam Bond

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