Thursday, July 9, 2015

Maruti 800

Maruti 800 is a small car that was manufactured by Maruti Suzuki in India from 1983 to 18 January 2014. First generation Maruti 800 (SS80) was based on 1979 Suzuki Fronte and had an 800cc F8B engine, hence the name.

Widely regarded as the most influential automobile in India, about 2.87 million 800s were produced during its course of which 2.66 million were sold in India itself. With over 30 years of production, Maruti 800 remains the second longest production car in India, next only to Hindustan Ambassador.

Class:City car
Body style:5-door hatchback
Layout:     Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Engine: 796 cc (0.8 L) F8B MPFI I3
Transmission: 4-speed manual, 5-speed manual
Wheelbase: 2,175 mm
Length: 3,335 mm
Width: 1,440 mm
Successor: Maruti Alto 800

It remained the best selling car in India until 2004; when Maruti Alto took the coveted title. It was also exported to a number of countries in South Asia including Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and was also available in Morocco and selected European markets.

In an elaborate ceremony held in New Delhi on 14 December 1983, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi handed over keys of the very first car to Mr. Harpal Singh, who won the ownership rights through a lucky draw.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hindustan Ambassador

The Hindustan Ambassador is an automobile manufactured by Hindustan Motors of India. It was in production from 1958 to 2014 with few improvements and changes over its production lifetime. 

It is based on the Morris Oxford series III model, first made by Morris Motors Limited at Cowley. The Ambassador was the first car to be made in India and was once a status symbol, but began losing its dominance in the mid-1980s when Maruti Suzuki introduced its low-priced 800 hatchback.

The Ambassador has remained the choice of bureaucrats and politicians, usually in white with a red beacon on top and a chauffeur at the wheel. It is also still in use as a taxi in some Indian cities.

Despite its British origins, the Ambassador is considered as a definitive Indian car and is fondly called the "king of Indian roads".

Declared the best taxi in the world by Top Gear (2002 TV series) in Episode 2 of their 20th Series.

Hindustan Motors Ambassador has a unique record of being the longest produced model by any manufacturer globally

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