April 10, 2006 - The calendar has flipped to April and it is now time for the North Gasmean International Auto Show!
Today, we at Nassau continue our new model blitz. We started with our new subcompact car, the 900S, so the most logical place to look next is our compact car offerings.
The current, 4th generation Tango made its debut for the 1998 model year and has been a huge success for the company. We’ve sold over 2.2 million worldwide. But as competitors have introduced new small cars, the platform has begun to show its age.
Today we’re here to introduce our all new compact car. We’re here to introduce the 5th generation, 2007 Nassau Tango!
We’ll start with the base model Tango S hatchback, and this is where the first big change is noticeable. While the 3rd and 4th generation Tangos were primarily sedan-based, the 5th generation moves back to the all-hatchback style of the 1st and 2nd generation models. The hatchback body style adds increased practicality and utility to our small car.
Like the 900S, the Tango rides on an all new platform, which is a scaled up version of the chassis underneath our subcompact. However, to increase weight savings, we’ve made heavy use of aluminum. Both the roof panel and hood are made out of the lighter weight metal.
Four wheel anti-lock disc brakes are standard, with vented discs in the front and standard in the rear. 15" wheels are standard on the Tango S.
Inside, we’ve also made extensive use of lightweight materials. The cloth 4 seat interior features a Nassau CD player.
For those who’ve been upset by the loss of the 4 seat Nifty model, we consider the new Tango S its spiritual successor.
Powering the Tango S is a 1.8L version of our E-series 4 cylinder.
Producing 125hp and able to achieve an average of 30.9mpg, the E18-4V makes use of Nassau’s VVT system on both intake and exhaust cams. This also allows for reduced emissions as well. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a 5 speed automatic transaxle.
The volume model of the Tango line since 1992 has been the Tango R. From 1992-2006 in wagon form, the all-new 2007 model brings the hatch back as well.
The Tango R adds many upgrades to an already formidable platform.
The Tango R comes standard with foglights and 16" alloy wheels.
Inside, you’ll find a room for 4 and cloth seats with improved side bolstering and lumbar support. A Nassau Hi-Fi CD sound system is also available.
The big upgrade is under the hood.
The E20-4V 2.0L produces 148hp and will rev all the way to 7,000rpm. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via an all new 6 speed automatic transaxle.
This new engine and gearing allows the Tango R to accelerate to 60mph in 9.1 seconds and through the quarter mile in 16.8, all while returning 27.8mpg.
The 2007 Nassau Tango R will be the new benchmark of small cars.
Well, that just about does it for Nassau here in Detroit. Oh, except for this.
We’ve brought back the NP (Nassau Performance) badge! This isn’t just a marketing stunt, as the Tango NP is a truly deserving automobile.
Outside, the differences between this and the standard model are immediately evident. The Tango NP features a 3 door hatchback body style compared to the standard 5 door. The Tango NP also rides on larger 17" alloy wheels and comes standard with vented disc brakes front and rear.
Inside, the Nassau Hi-Fi CD sound system is similar to what’s available in the standard car. The interior has been upgraded and features leather seats and the finest materials.
Like NP models of the past, the big difference is under the hood. For the 2007 Tango NP that’s no different.
The Tango NP features the E22-4P. This is a turbocharged 2.2L version of our new 4 cylinder engine which produces 233hp. This is equal to the power made by the V6 in our Accolade Sport model.
All of this power allows the Tango NP to rip to 60mph in just 6.7 seconds. You’ll blow through the quarter mile in just 15 and continue accelerating all the way up to 152mph.
How is this possible out of a 2.2L 4 cylinder? Well, the engine’s not doing this all by itself. The E22-4P is connected to a 6 speed manual transaxle with a geared LSD. That transaxle and differential distribute power to all 4 wheels, a first for the Tango lineup. Up to 35% of the power can be shifted to the rear wheels to help increase acceleration, should the front wheels lose traction.
All in all, the 2007 Tango NP is a showcase of what’s possible at the Nassau Motor Company. You’ll be able to find our new hot hatchback on dealer lots in January, and possibly on racetracks soon after.
That’s all from Detroit. Thank you for stopping by the Nassau display!