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With India celebrating its 73rd Independence Day on the 15th of August, we look at some of the most famous car models 'made-in-India'. These include cars which have either gained a lot of success in the country and/or sold across various global markets as well.
Over the years, there have been many such cars which have been manufactured in India and have gone on to gain a lot of success, both in the local and global markets. Here is our top-five pick of the lot, along with a few honourable mentions.
(The list isn't arranged in any particular order)
1. Reva i
The Reva i was one of the first electric cars in the Indian market. The electric car was manufactured in India and sold both locally and in 26 other global markets. The Reva i was the flagship model of a Bangalore-based company, before being acquired by Mahindra. The car was on sale in the Indian market till 2011, before being replaced by the Mahindra e2o electric hatchback.
2. DC Avanti
Yes, the DC Avanti wasn't great to look at and didn't become too popular among the masses, but the Avanti was the first home-grown sports car of India. It was a great initiative by ‘DC' to build a sports car which was affordable to the masses, however, it failed quickly after the initial hype. The car was powered by a 2.0-litre engine, which produced 248bhp of max power.
3. Hindustan Ambassador
The Hindustan Ambassador is probably one of the most iconic cars in the Indian market. Initially, based on the Oxford Morris, the ‘Amby' was one of the first cars to be manufactured in the country. The Ambassador was first introduced in 1958 and has served everyone from the masses to even the Prime Minister and former Presidents of India.
4. Tata Indica
The Indica hatchback marked the entry of Tata Motors into the passenger vehicle segment in the Indian market. A company which till then was known to produce only commercial vehicles, brought in the Indica to rival the likes of the Maruti Zen.
The Tata Indica at one point even became the best-selling car in the country. The success of the Indica led Tata Motors to introduce various versions, including a sedan, estate and cabs. The Tata Indica was also re-badged by Rover and sold in international markets by the name CityRover.
5. Mahindra Scorpio
Similar to the Tata Indica, the Scorpio SUV from Mahindra marked the brand's entry into the passenger vehicle segment. The Mahindra Scorpio was also the first completely in-house developed vehicle and also marked 50 years of the brand's existence.
The Mahindra Scorpio first went on sale in 2002 and has remained one of the most popular SUVs in the Indian market till date. The company is also said to be introducing a new-generation iteration of the Scorpio in 2021.
1. Tata Nano
The Tata Nano was the result of Ratan Tata's vision of introducing the ‘World's cheapest car'. The vision with the Nano was that it would be an affordable replacement to two and three-wheelers in the Indian market.
While the tag of being the world's cheapest car helped the Nano gain initial hype, this soon faded out. There were several updates made to boost sales, however, the company ended up discontinuing the model recently.
Thoughts On The Top-Five 'Made-in-India' Cars
So, this was our top-five list of cars manufactured in India, which have gone on to achieve great success in both the local and international market. Do you agree with our list? did we miss out on any? do let us know in the comments below.