under $10K

under $10K

Supercars are our bread and butter. They are not only super-fast, but they also look amazing and are very rare. With all of those awesome features also comes a super price. This means that the normal person that reads about them can’t pull off the kind of financial gymnastics to afford one.

For these people (us included), we have a special list of sports cars that you can typically find for $9,999 or less, making them an obtainable goal. This may require dipping back a few years, but you’ll still get yourself a nice car that is both quick and agile. Sure, it may not have fancy leather, a killer stereo system, navigation, Bluetooth, or any other modern features, but you will get yourself a true sports car.

There are literally thousands of cars we can choose from in this group, so we have to make some tough decisions on who gets in and who’s left out.

Click past the jump to read our complete list and see where we rank each car.

Toyota Etios

With the likes of Tata Motors already selling the ultra-cheap Nano , along with Nissan announcing that Datsun will return to provide ultra-cheap cars to developing markets and Volkswagen intending to follow suit, Toyota president, Akio Toyoda, decided Toyota’s own announcement was in order.

Toyota chose to take the high road, in the terms of price that is, by announcing that it has no plans to produce ultra-cheap models for developing markets, such as India, Indonesia, Russia, and China. Toyoda basically let everyone know that Toyota Motor Co. is more about reliability and quality than overall sales. Plus, the risk damaging its recovering reputation by releasing these super-cheap cars in an attempt to be the No. 1 car seller in the world is not worth its reward.

Currently, the least expensive vehicle that Toyota offers is the Etios (pictured above), which runs 400,000 Indian Rupees ($7,800). Despite appearing low to the average reader, this base price is significantly higher than most cars in India.

This means that Toyota buyers all over the world can look forward to only quality automobiles appearing in their local dealerships, even in developing countries. You can also bet that the issues Toyota has had in the past few years with quality are soon to be a distant memory. Keep in mind, though, the automotive industry changes at the drop of a hat, meaning Akio Toyoda may pull a complete 180 next year and announce Daihatsu, a company that Toyota Motor Co. owns 51% of, is releasing super-cheap cars in developing markets.

Only time will tell what Toyota will do to remain competitive with its German, Japanese and Indian rivals.

Source: Reuters

In the early-1980s, Nissan Motor Co. underwent a rather awkward changing process, as it dropped the well-known “Datsun” name in favor of its parent company’s name “Nissan.” Nissan added to the confusion by dragging the changeover process out for several years. For those present during the changeover, you will remember the confusing "Datsun by Nissan Nissan " days (i.e. Datsun by Nissan Pulsar, Datsun by Nissan 280ZX, etc.). Over the course of a few years, The Datsun name disappeared and it has stayed that way for three decades.

Surprise, surprise, Nissan has chosen to dig up the old “Datsun” name and breathe life into it, come the 2014 model year. Now, before you classic Datsun Datsun fans get too excited for the return of the 280ZX or the compact B210, for now the re-introduction of the lineup is only going to take place in developing markets, including: India, Indonesia and Russia. Given the recent trend of automobile companies experimenting in smaller markets before expanding to the U.S. market; don’t be surprised if a Datsun dealership opens up on U.S. soil in the next 5 to 10 years. Much like Fiat hung around in the European market for nearly three decades before reemerging in the U.S. with the subcompact 500 .

From the looks of it, Datsun is going to be a big time competitor to the likes of Hyundai and Kia, as executives are claiming that the Datsun brand will feature vehicles in the $5,000 to $6,000 dollar range, which is a what we call "scary cheap." To date, there is no information on upcoming models, engines, design or any other specifics, but I think it’s safe to say that a revived 280ZX is not in the cards, at least initially.

Here’s to hoping two things happen. First, let’s see Datsun make a full comeback and make its way back to its fans in the U.S. Secondly, avoid conjoining two different names with "by," it’s really confusing guys…

Source: WSJ
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The Southern California based company ChaseCam has just developed their latest application for the racetrack. The Dashware program allows you to combine in car footage with data acquisition information to create a custom layout of gauges that allow you to interpret exactly what your car was doing on the racetrack. Considering that ChaseCam has a history providing engineering development to the military, telecomm and biomed technology companies their products have proven themselves in stringent situations.

Press release after the jump.

Source: ChaseCam

The Nissan Versa was never designed to impress as a sports car or a luxury car. It has always been good, cheap and reliable transportation. Nissan knows this too because they are now going for the bottom line with the 2009 Versa by making it the cheapest car in the U.S. at $9,990. This is for the 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 107 hp and can get on the 34 mpg highway.

Remember this is cheapest base price for a car. Discounts from dealers, especially when people aren’t buying many cars, will cut well below the Versa’s base price.

Press release after the jump.

Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group and Tata Motors, today unveiled the Tata ‘NANO’, the People’s Car from Tata Motors that India and the world have been looking forward to. A development, which signifies a first for the global automobile industry, the People’s Car brings the comfort and safety of a car within the reach of thousands of families. The People’s Car will be launched in India later in 2008.

Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group and Tata Motors, today unveiled the Tata ‘NANO’, the People’s Car from Tata Motors that India and the world have been looking forward to. A development, which signifies a first for the global automobile industry, the People’s Car brings the comfort and safety of a car within the reach of thousands of families. The People’s Car will be launched in India later in 2008.

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