“Wow, that looks beautiful”, these are the words that you will never utter after seeing all these cars. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder but everyone would agree that these are some of the most badly designed cars that were available in India. Car designs have gone through a lot of design changes to reach where they are now but there were many cars that did not evolve completely before they were launched in the market. Come, let’s check out the ugliest cars of India. Pure visual pollution!
Maruti Suzuki Zen Classic
It was car enthusiast’s nightmare of a car, in design terms. This car was launched after the modern car shapes started taking over the Indian car market. Maruti really thought that it would be a good idea to give the customers something retro yet modern, but ended up with a duckling instead of a swan.
After the good looking Zen, the Zen Classic was a pure failure in the market. It came with three grilles in front and all the light housings were round in shape with extra use of chrome. The Zen Classic bombed badly but to its credit was a fun car to drive.
Hyundai Santro (1st Generation)
The Santro kickstarted the Hyundai revolution in India. Santro hatchback was the company’s first car and it really created a wave in the country which until then only had an overdose of Maruti 800 on the roads. The first generation of Santro was nothing less than an alarm on how modern cars were taking shape but thankfully the second-generation onwards, Hyundai changed the shape of the car for good.
The first generation of Santro with vertical pouted grille and no curved at the rear had a hair-raising effect on the onlookers. The car became a grand success because people were just bored with the regular cars available in the market at that time and this was the only option. It worked as a shock therapy for the Indian market at the time of its launch.
The best part about old manufacturers is that they were never scared to experiment with new products. Well, desperate measures to sell products also became the need behind the launch of Hindustan Veer but back in time, there was something which can spell the horror story for Indian automotive industry.
The Hindustan Trekker took birth as a ‘make-a-quick-jeep’ idea and the car was based on the Ambassador. The car was a simple ladder-on-frame body with a design that seems to come out from a kid’s drawing book. It came with both four-door body and open roof type two-door body. The experimental era of HM also created a sibling of Trekker known as Pushpak.
Everyone is making a compact SUV to take benefits of the sub-4 meter rule, why shouldn’t we too? Even though none of us was present at the product design briefing of the Quanto but trust me, these could be the exact words that came from the boss. The Quanto is a perfect example of exploiting the new rules.
The car was basically a chopped Mahindra Xylo. It was chopped enough to fit in the sub 4-meter rule for cars that gave them tax benefits and helped them to price the product very competitively. Even though the Quanto is not available in the market now, it has a successor in form of NuvoSport, which is still disproportionate to look at.
You have to give it to the Reva for giving India its first electric car. The only problem was, the car looked hideous. The company was founded by Chetan Maini from Bangalore with the only sole purpose of making cheap electric cars for the world. Even though the car was a success and was available in 26 countries, it failed the visual test of many onlookers.
The Reva i draws a lot of attention even today because of its disproportionate shape that consufes people and makes them admire it in a negative way. It really stands true to the phrase that says “Don’t judge the book by its cover”, but then we also know of the phrase that says “First impression is the last impression”.