Independence Day Special: 5 Indian Cars Which Made All The Difference
On this auspicious occasion of Independence Day we actually decided to do something different. We know all of you are in happy cheerful holiday mood and enjoying this special day with your family and close friends we actually decided to look back and enjoy some proud moments from the Indian automotive world.
Here is a quick look at 6 of the very special Indian cars which has made all the difference in the Indian automotive scenario and even made our India proud in International market as well.
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Do you park your car outside your house at night? What if tomorrow morning you suddenly found out that your car is gone? That might just not be shocking, but also heart wrenching. After all, we know you put your hard earned money into that that car, and strong connection you have with your car.
Well, we don’t have any intention to frighten you. But, the car thieves do have plenty of ways and reasons to make you frightened. After all, it is a very common practice in India. Usually car thieves love those cars, which come with greater resale value. Popularity of the model is also a great factor while stealing a car. Therefore the cars from makers like Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra come top on the list of car thieves.
Hindustan Ambassadors have been immensely popular in India for decades. Presently these iconic cars are out of production, but still in use vehemently. Many people in their middle age still consider this old beauty as their tried and tested cars. Not only that. Although, the taxi cabs are gradually growing in Indian metro cities, but Indian taxi riders at large still prefer the old yellow cabs, which are all Hindustan Ambassadors. Now you must be thinking why we are talking all these irrelevant facts. Yes, we know that you know it all. But the fact is, being such a popular car and with great resale value Hindustan Ambassador is also a great attractive pretty thing to the car thieves.
Here we brought you a list of cars, which are the most stolen cars of India. Take a look.
The Hindustan Ambassador is one of the most iconic cars. Though many claim that the iconic sedan started production in 1958, its predecessor, the Landmaster is the original Ambassador. Production of the car was started in 1954 and the series went on till 2014 with only minor changes.
While the Ambassador was based on the Morris Oxford Series III, the Landmaster was based on the Morris Oxford Series II. The car was produced in Uttarpara, Kolkata, West Bengal.
It was known for its spacious rear seat, comfort and ride quality which was exceptional for a car from that period. Many politicians preferred to be chauffeured around in a Hindustan Ambassador and the most common colour for the car was white.
The car won the World’s Best Taxi award by Top Gear UK after it won a race hosted by the show’s former presenter, Richard Hammond. It was by driven by British Touring Car Championship driver Gordon Shedden. Its mighty opponents included a 1997 Fairway Driver London Taxi, a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle from Mexico, a Ford Crown Victoria from the United States, a Toyota HI Ace from South Africa, a Mercedes E-Class from Germany and a Stretched Lincoln Town Car from Russia.
The car holds the world record for a mass produced car for the longest number of years with minimal design changes, on the same assembly line.
The trend of using mobile phones as the prime medium of accessing internet is increasing day by day. Billions of Indian access internet from their mobile phones now a days. Although the percentage is just 19% and there are many others who are not aware about using mobile internet due to various reasons. Opera Mini is trying to bring smooth internet using experience to those people.
According to the popular internet browser, the prime objective for this drive is to make more and more mobile users internet savvy and to celebrate its 20th anniversary Opera mini browser has organized an unique drive, which is called ‘Web on Wheels’. Opera mini browser has launched this ‘WOW’ service on a Hindustan Ambassador painted in Red and with various symbols. Enabled with the required set up for providing Wi-Fi service, this car will travel across the country; to be precise it will cover 20 cities including Agra, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and Allahabad. This car will be stationed in some special place for 20 days in each city. The entire drive will take around 10 months. Mobile users of those particular cities can come and connect to the Wi-Fi service provided by this car and enjoy free internet usage for 20 days.
With the aim to revive their market position, Hindustan Motors, is getting ready to launch a small car by next year. This announcement was made by the company’s MD and CEO, Mr. Uttam Bose on the day the new Ambassador Encore was launched. Hindustan Motors, manufacturers of the famous Ambassador, have chosen the existing platform for their upcoming compact sub-4 meter sedan, thus relieving it from high excise duties. This car will be available only in the sedan form and will come at a price lower than the current Amby, to stay competitive in the segment. The name of the car is yet to be decided by the company. HM plans to launch this sedan in the country by the next fiscal year.
The launch of the Ambassador Encore by HM has initiated the sale of taxis in 17 cities across the country where sale of BS-III cars have been banned since April 2010. The Ambassador is the proud winner of the title ’Best Taxi in the World’ Top Gear (though we all know how that "actually" underwent). The overall bookings for the BS-IV compliant ’Ambassador Encore’ have crossed 450 units, but HM is targeting 2,000 units per month, which is quite a bold expectation. The Ambassador Encore comes is priced at Rs 4.98 lakh, which is very reasonable for a fuel efficient Austin knock-off. Such aggressive pricing will turn out to be very helpful in boosting the sales in the taxi market.
This move by the company is expected to soothe its distressed condition and, in time, would turn out successful for the Amby and the rumored sub-4m car.
From few days Hindustan motors Ambassador is in the news previously Ambassador was choosen as the best taxi in the world by Top Gear, then it was was also being heard that Hindustan motors will launch a sub 4 meter saloon in the Indian market. Now this is not any rumour Hindustan motors will launch a BS4 compliant engine, and the BS4 engine will be manufactured at the HM’s Uttarpara plant in hoogly West Bengal from the month of August.
The BS3 variant of the diesel Ambassador sell was stopped during the year 2010 because of the emission norms. This Hindustan motors worked on their new BS4 engine during these years. The new BS4 engine will be a 1.5 litre diesel engine which is more powerful than its predecessor. The company will not only upgrade its engine and the emission norms but it will also take care of the other problems and will upgrade and equip the new car according to that. The production of the new car with the new BS4 engine will start at the at the Hoogly plant from next month onward. The new BS4 compliant of the engine of the Hindustan motorshas already been certified by ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
Hindustan motors Ambassador has been ranked Worlds best Taxi by the Automotive show Top gear. The top Gear show is aired on BBC and it is hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, the World renowned Auto Journalist who also happens to be the executive director of the show Top Gear. Top Gear organized a shootout where different vehicles from all over the World competed in a shootout to be the Worlds best Taxi and there were Taxis from Britain, America, Germany, South Africa, Mexico and even Russia. The competitors went through a series of test and finally the Hindustan motors Ambassador became the clear winner and announced as World best Taxi.
Although the glory of Ambassador is slowly fading away with the introduction of modern vehicles from Honda, Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki and Hindustan motors Ambassador is no where close to this modern rivals and their technologies. Ambassadors production started way back in the year 1948 at Uttarpara in Hooghly district of West Bengal. Although the Ambassador lacked the luxurious interiors of its modern vehicles but it definitely stays way ahead of its rivals when it comes to stability and endurance. The Ambassador is still considered one of the toughest vehicles on the Indian road today. Although people have almost stopped using this vehicle as their private cars but once it ruled the hearts of many. Even the Indian Governments officials and ministers relied on the Ambassador and used it as their personal or official vehicle.
Ambassador engine also lacked the modern technologies and failed to match up to the emission norms, but it is heard that Hindustan motors are planning to relaunch the old classic car Ambassador and even add a modern engine under its hood, there was even a rumor that Hindustan motors may launch a sub 4 meter Ambassador sedan. Well! Lets only hope this classic vehicle always remains alive on the streets and in the hearts of all the Indians, after all it has won the prestigious title of Wold’s Best Taxi.