Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The car that India grew up with - Ambassador production to be stopped


This is a photo of India's Hindustan Motors's Ambassador car that was donated to the Smithsonian in 2003. Growing up in India, people had the choice to purchase 3 brands -

  • Hindustan Motor's Ambassador based on a 1940's version of a British Morris Oxford and virtually the model remained as is till this week's announcement of a halt in production
  • Premier Motors Padmini manfactured under license from Fiat
  • Standard Herald based on the British Standard-Triumph
India's automotive industry was old, boring and only for the extremely rich till India got the Maruti based on Japan's Suzuki models. Maruti Suzuki as it is now known changed the way car ownership was thought of in India and made owning a 4 wheeler more affordable. 

One day Ambassador had to go and I wonder why it took so long. Have you ever been in an Ambassador?
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