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These 7 Legendary Cars Were Discontinued, But 3 Will Be Coming Back – Here’s Who They Are!

7 Iconic cars that have been discontinued and 3 which which will be coming back

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the most iconic automobiles that once captured our hearts but have since bid us farewell. Among these legends are the Hindustan Ambassador, Tata Sierra, Hindustan Contessa, Maruti 800, Maruti Omni, Maruti Gypsy, and Suzuki Zen. These cars, although they may have left us, still hold a special place in our hearts, and some are about to make their debuts once again in the country.

Hindustan Ambassador – Yes! But date unknown

These 7 Legendary Cars Were Discontinued, But 3 Will Be Coming Back – Here’s Who They Are!

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The first and probably the most important and iconic car from the Indian automotive market is the Hindustan Ambassador. Hailed as the “King of Indian roads,” the Ambassador has fulfilled many roles such as a family sedan, VIP transport, and even a taxi. Originating from the Hindustan Landmaster, its production spanned from 1956 to 2014.

These 7 Legendary Cars Were Discontinued, But 3 Will Be Coming Back – Here’s Who They Are!

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While declining sales led to its discontinuation, speculation now surrounds its potential return as an electric vehicle. A few digital renderings of a reimagined Ambassador have been circulating online for a while now. Reports indicate that the Hind Motor Financial Corporation of India (HMFCI) and Peugeot are collaborating on its design and engine, signaling a probable Ambassador comeback.

Hindustan Contessa – Nope

These 7 Legendary Cars Were Discontinued, But 3 Will Be Coming Back – Here’s Who They Are!
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Venturing beyond family cars, Hindustan Motors presented the Contessa, also known as the muscle car of India. This particular sedan graced Bollywood movie screens and roads from 1984 to 2002. Priced between Rs. 4.84 lakh and Rs. 5.42 lakh, it symbolized style and sportiness. However, it had to succumb to declining sales in the face of more fuel-efficient competitors. While the Contessa name has been trademarked, no concrete news on its return has surfaced over the last couple of years. The absence of official statements suggests a potential return may be years away, if at all.

Tata Sierra – Yes! But in 2025

These 7 Legendary Cars Were Discontinued, But 3 Will Be Coming Back – Here’s Who They Are!

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India’s first SUV, the Tata Sierra, was launched back in 1991. It boasted an extremely unique two-door design with massive windows in the rear. The car has since been living in everyone’s memories. Recently, Tata Motors has announced that this iconic SUV will be making a comeback as an electric SUV.

These 7 Legendary Cars Were Discontinued, But 3 Will Be Coming Back – Here’s Who They Are!

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Reports have stated that the company has confirmed that it will be launched in India in 2025. The first Sierra EV electric concept car was showcased at the AutoExpo. The Sierra.EV, showcased during the 2023 Auto Expo, promised a modernized version of the beloved Sierra.

Maruti Gypsy – Yes! The Jimny is here

These 7 Legendary Cars Were Discontinued, But 3 Will Be Coming Back – Here’s Who They Are!

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The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is one of those names that we don’t think needs any introduction. Renowned for military service and off-road enthusiasts, Maruti Suzuki ceased civilian production in 2018. Since then, the company has confirmed that it won’t be making a comeback.

These 7 Legendary Cars Were Discontinued, But 3 Will Be Coming Back – Here’s Who They Are!

However, to fill its shoes, the company has launched the 5-door Jimny. The spiritual successor to Gypsy is one of the most capable off-road SUVs in the market and currently competes with the likes of the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha 4X4 SUVs.

Maruti 800 – Nope

These 7 Legendary Cars Were Discontinued, But 3 Will Be Coming Back – Here’s Who They Are!

When it comes to Indian icons that have left us, the name of Maruti Suzuki 800 is one of the first to come. Launched as a symbol of affordability, fuel efficiency, and reliability, this tiny hatchback graced Indian roads from 1983 to 2014. Paving the way for working-class families to own a car, it became a pop-culture phenomenon in the 90s. Beyond being a vehicle, it embodied upward mobility, symbolizing progress and a better life for many Indians. This car has seen multiple generations in India; however, it has now been discontinued, and most likely, it won’t be making a comeback anytime soon.

Suzuki Zen – Nope

These 7 Legendary Cars Were Discontinued, But 3 Will Be Coming Back – Here’s Who They Are!

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The Maruti 800 had a sportier cousin, and it was the Suzuki Zen. It was a spirited hot hatch featuring the G10B engine, which left a lasting impression on racers for its power and responsive handling. Though eventually replaced by the Estilo, the original Zen remains cherished for its fun factor. While no news of it making a comeback anytime soon has been shared, its legacy endures as a reminder of a bygone era.

Maruti Omni – Nope

These 7 Legendary Cars Were Discontinued, But 3 Will Be Coming Back – Here’s Who They Are!

Maruti Suzuki’s second car, born from the 800’s engine, transformed from the Van to the Omni. This car made its way to numerous families’ homes and widely adopted various roles, from movies to taxis, ambulances, and cargo carriers. However, due to increasingly strict laws, the Omni faced discontinuation, making way for the Eeco. Speculations about an electric version exist, but feasibility concerns, coupled with the absence of concrete plans, cast doubt on its return on Indian roads.