Indian automobile history is quite interesting. Initially, only foreign manufacturers used to sell their products in India while made-in-India cars started getting manufacturing in India a lot later. Today, there are many made-for-India and made-in-India vehicles that every Indian should be proud of. Here are ten such cars and motorcycles.
Tata Nano, the dream of Ratan Tata was finally launched after going through a lot of trouble. Mr Tata saw the Nano as a safer alternative to the motorcycles after he saw overloaded motorcycles. He made a cheap replacement in the form of the Tata Nano. The car made waves around the world after Tata Motors managed to price it at around Rs 1 lakh, which was the original goal. It sure did not do well as expected but was a revolutionary in terms of idea and product. Most of the development work for the Nano was done in-house by I.D.E.A.
With electric cars now becoming popular in India, Reva is a brand, which kickstarted the idea of launching electric cars in India. The Reva-i was built in India and was even exported to various foreign markets. It sure was a great product and an extremely economical personal transport. However, the idea of electric cars was very new at that time, and it did not become very popular in the Indian market.
The Mahindra Scorpio was first launched in 2002 marking Mahindra Group’s 50th anniversary in India. The Scorpio was the first vehicle that was developed in-house by the manufacturer. AVL Austria and many other consultants from Japan gave their inputs for the development of the Scorpio and since its launch in the Indian market, it sure grabbed the attention and created waves. Scorpio remains a popular product even now with the all-new version launching soon. Only 23 engineers worked on the whole project.
Leading design-house DC Designs took the brave step of launching India’s first, home-grown sports car. Though the design, the performance and the features were a topic of debate for many enthusiasts for a long time to come, DC sure did attract many customers with the Avanti. The whole idea was to provide a performance-packed car at an affordable price tag and DC did that successfully. It was powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine with 248 Bhp and 350 Nm.
Royal Enfield Interceptor/Continental GT650
Royal Enfield launched the all-new Interceptor and Continental GT 650 last year. Unlike the previous models, which had contrasting views from the market and enthusiasts, the Interceptor and the Continental GT650 are two bikes that are liked by 99.9% of the bike lovers. It is the first modern-day twin-cylinder engine from the brand that powers both the bikes and comparing to the other Royal Enfield models; there is almost negligible vibration. Royal Enfield plans to launch more motorcycles powered by the same engine.
Ather started its journey in India a few years ago and it is already establishing itself among the major manufacturers in India. The S340 was the first scooter from the brand and it was the first one to get futuristic features in India. The scooter comes with a dashboard-cum-instrument cluster, which is made up of a touchscreen. It gets GPS, embedded SIM card for live updates, OTA updates, navigation, and customisable functions.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
The Himalayan was launched in the 2016 year as a very different product from RE. The bike happens to be the first-ever all-Indian on-off roader. Power comes from an all-new 411 cc four-stroke engine producing 24.5 Bhp and 32 Nm. It also happens to feature a few interesting features like a compass, an ambient temperature gauge and LED parking lights.
The Pulsar is a bike that made Bajaj popular among the youth. It was also a bike that happens to be among the most successful affordable performance-oriented bikes in the country. It was offered in a wide range of engines to appeal to all and hence everyone from youngsters to oldies liked the bike.
Tata Indica is the brand’s first hatchback and is the first car that has been developed by an Indian manufacturer. It marked Tata’s entry into the passenger vehicle market and the initial idea was to provide more space for affordable money. The Indica was also the first diesel car in the market. It became so popular that Maruti Suzuki felt the heat and had to cut down the prices of the Zen soon after the launch.
Bajaj finally launched the Qute in India after a long battle with the courts. Much before that, the Qute was sold in various foreign markets. The quadricycle is mainly aimed at the commercial vehicle. It gets a 216cc engine that produces a maximum of 20 Bhp. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.