We are fortunate to have several legendary automobiles in our market. These automobiles had a significant impact on our lives, either directly or indirectly. While new car-making companies continue to enter the market with all-new models, older and obsolete vehicles will eventually be phased out. India has grown to become one of the world's major vehicle markets. Despite this, certain famous automobiles were never replaced in India by their respective manufacturers. We've compiled a list of five famous automobiles that were once produced in India and that we wish might make a comeback in the coming years.
Many celebrities have used the Ambassador, and it has also served our Prime Ministers. The car was first produced in 1957 and has been in manufacturing for the longest time, 57 years, till 2014. Some Ambassadors can still be seen on Indian roads in good condition, and some are available for purchase in the Indian secondhand market. It was one of the earliest automobiles to be built on a monocoque chassis. It was available with both a petrol and a diesel engine.
The Contessa was introduced by Hindustan in 1984 and was withdrawn in 2002. It was based on the 1976 Vauxhall VX series automobile and was promoted as a high-end sedan. It could be the only muscle car of India. The price of the car was between Rs. 4.84 lakh and Rs. 5.42 lakh, which was a substantial sum at the time. When new automakers like Hyundai, Tata, and Maruti Suzuki joined the Indian market, the model began to suffer. Compared to Hindustan's Contessa, the new entrants were both cheaper and more fuel-efficient. The Ambassador is widely regarded as one of India's most iconic automobiles.
Premier introduced the 118NE in 1985 after adopting Fiat's production skills and tooling. The car that was launched in India looked a lot like the Fiat 124. Premier, on the other hand, chose to make some alterations under the hood. And the automobile benefited from these changes. They chose to equip the 118NE with a 1.2-litre A12 engine from Nissan. This engine had a power output of 52 horsepower. The refinement, though, was the engine's main selling point. The square-shaped engine was all the rage back then, and it revved smoothly. With this engine, a max speed of over 135 kmph is conceivable. Due to limited demand, the manufacturer stopped making this saloon in 2001.
In 1985, the Gypsy, a popular SUV in India, was introduced. It was used by the government, the police for patrols, and, of course, off-road enthusiasts. While private sales were initially low, it was light, had a powerful engine, and was equipped with a 4x4 system and a low range transmission. In 2018, Gypsy manufacturing was stopped by the company. This model is scheduled to be replaced by Jimny in the near future.
The Sierra was India's first SUV, designed and built in the country. The Sierra was introduced by Tata in 1991 and included a number of first-time features. It had air conditioning, power windows, a tachometer, and a steering wheel that could be adjusted. Although the SUV had four seats, it only had a three-door body, which is no longer considered acceptable. Tata Motors was looking at the possibility of delivering a production-spec Sierra to the Indian market.