The Indian car industry, in both sales volume and production, is one of the largest in the world.
Have you ever wondered how the automobile industry began and grew into a giant today?
On this crystal anniversary, let us look through the success of this industry over the years.
The first car on the Indian roads was driven by a Calcutta resident in 1897. Until the 1930s, cars were imported directly from the foreign markets, but in scanty numbers. Jamshedji Tata was the first Indian to own a car in 1901.
Do you know who made India’s first car?
It was Hindustan Motors who produced the first car in India in 1942 before the independence of India. In the 1940s, an embryonic automobile market developed in India. Shortly after the independence of India, the Indian Government aimed to improve the industry by promoting local car manufacturing as opposed to the erstwhile import culture.
The automotive industry officially started in 1952 when the first tariff commission to indigenize the automobile industry was formed by the Government. In 1952, passenger cars were also introduced in the country. Manufacturers such as Hindustan Motors, Premier Automobiles, and Standard motors came to prominence. Mahindra and Mahindra, Bajaj, Standard Motors, etc. have now begun producing SUVs. Seven makers, including Ashok Motors, Simpsons and Co., Premier Motors, and others, produced bulky and medium-sized commercial vehicles. Bajaj Auto, Escorts Group, Royal Enfield, Automobile Product of India, Ideal Jawa, etc. produced two-wheeler vehicles, such as a scooter, motorcycle, or mopeds.
Who’s not fond of the Ambassadors?
We all used to love it at one point in life.
To me, having an Ambassador in your house was a privilege. It also represented power, as it was also used by government officials and if I’m not mistaken, some still use it today.
Well! The Ambassador Car was built by Hindustan Motors which was commonly used as a taxi cab and as a government limousine. This car was based on the British car Morris Oxford from 1954. In 2014 Ambassador production officially stopped.
Premier Automobiles was founded in 1944 as another Indian company.
The firm first began manufacturing vehicles under license from Dodge and Plymouth. In 1951, Fiat 500 models were made for the Indian market. This was followed by Fiat 1100 in 1954. The Fiat 1100 was renamed the ‘Premier Padmini’ in 1973 by Premier.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
FLIPPING CARS WITH BLAZING STARS
In conversation with ROHIT SHETTY
Creative Stage V2 Soundbar review
SHOOTS FAST AND LASTS LONGER
Samsung F62 Review
Tech Launches This Month
Samsung launched the Galaxy F62 earlier this month at a competitive price point.
TWITTER VS THE POTUS: THE ENTIRE STORY
Twitter first suspended Donald Trump’s account in May 2020 when he claimed postal votes were fraudulent. Since then several significant incidents happened over last year including the death of Georgy Flyod, Black Lives Matter protest, riots in major cities, the expulsion of the central police forces in several states, etc.
WHATSAPP'S WANTS YOUR DATA AND IT'S NOT ASKING FOR PERMISSION
Facebook-owned popular instant messaging service Whatsapp is getting a lot of flack from Indian users, tech enthusiasts and other important official figures, since its last software update which, as per cybersecurity experts, removed the platform's earlier emphasis on Privacy and Security.
INFLUENCER OF THE MONTH
THE ARCHITECTURAL DRIVE HAMPI
A Six hour Drive from Bengaluru will take you back 600+ years in History
IN-GAME VEHICLES WE WISH WERE REAL
Videogames never fail to transport us to a world that is far beyond our reach, yet controllable by the tips of our fingers (quite literally). While open-world games offer a vast, new lifestyle to explore, they also give us a taste of some unique vehicles. Well, calling them vehicles would be an understatement as these perform so many more tasks than just commute, but they’re some uber-cool pieces of machinery nevertheless. That said, here are some of the coolest in-game vehicles that we would love to test-ride!
BEST VIDEO GAME FRANCHISES OVER THE YEARS
Ever since gaming has reached the digital age, there have spawned numerous titles and franchises across the globe. While some were just one-trick ponies or got lost in the sands of time, there were others who cemented their names in history as some of the best video games. These also led to the rise of multiple franchises, who have since gone on to become multibillion-dollar industries in themselves. Following is a list of such video game franchises who have only grown bigger as the years have passed:
An Exclusive Interview With Nandakumar Narasimhan
The Little Red Train
A Room for Dad
Before Mom passed, I made a promise to her
THE DANGAL IN THE JUNGLE, PART 1
YOU KNOW YOU’RE SOMEBODY WHEN YOU’VE APPEARED ON AN INDIAN DANGAL POSTER — IN OTHER WORDS, IN A WRESTLING ADVERTISEMENT.
WOUNDS AND THE WOMB
JULIE PETERS explores how to heal a relationship with the sacred womb, a place of death, life, and possibilities.
Giant squirrels, giant lessons? Animal chaplain SARAH BOWEN explores what squirrels can show us about mindfulness.
E8 Caste and the Indian Tech Ivies
IIT grads are highly sought after in Silicon Valley. Are they bringing deep-rooted prejudices with them?
I was happily married, happily employed, just plain happy. Until the accident
IN SEASON Chickpeas (GARBANZO BEANS)
Chickpeas appear in early recordings in Turkey well over 5000 years ago. India produces the most chickpeas worldwide but they are grown in more than 50 countries. An excellent source of carbohydrates, protein, fiber, B vitamins, and some minerals, they are a nutritious staple of many diets. The name chickpea comes from the Latin word cancer, referring to the plant family of legumes, Fabaceae. It is also known by its popular Spanish-derived name, the garbanzo bean. Kidney beans, black beans, lima beans, and peanuts are other familiar foods found in this legume family.
When the Signal Goes Out
Government-ordered internet shutdowns are becoming more frequent
Giving More, Taking Less
FRANCOIS BOUDERLIQUE learnt about the basic principle of Nature – to give more than you take – when he left a high-powered banking job in Paris to live and farm in Kutch, India. He realized that his understanding of eco farming was colored by his past and he needed to open his eyes to a new reality.