Today, the Indian Automotive Industry is one of the largest in the world, and is set to post healthy growth in the years to come. However, the country’s automotive market started from humble roots and has come along way since then with many interesting stories to tell. Strangely, there are so many things left to know about the Industry and its rich history. Here are our Top 10 fact from the Indian Automotive Industry, that include, the first car to be manufactured in India, the first Indian to own a car and lots more. Read on and see how many you knew correctly.
The first car to be manufactured in India:
The first car to be manufactured in India was the Hindustan Ambassador, which was largely based on the Morris Oxford from the UK. It was built in Calcutta through a technical collaboration with Morris Motors to manufacture Morris Oxford models that would later become the HM Ambassador. The first Ambassador rolled off the lines in mid-1957, more than 70 years ago.
First Indian Indigenous Indian car
India’s first indigenous car was the Tata Indica, that was built from scratch in India. It was launched surrounding a huge fanfare at the 1998 Geneva Motor Show and made it to the Indian Auto Expo later in the same year. The Tata Indica made it to the market in 1999. Although the Indica might be out of production today, it’ll always be remembered for marking India’s entry into the personal car space.