Crazy cars that were built in India, but never got produced

Crazy cars that were built in India, but never got produced

1. The Mahindra Reva NXG 

A futuristic Reva!

The Mahindra Reva NXG was definitely a crazy car to look at! We are familiar with the Reva - which later became the E2O.

What happened?

The Reva NXG was designed by DC design for Mahindra as a futuristic Reva. But it never made it into production. It was built and shown off but the car and its design was ahead of the times.

2. Tata Sumo Extreme 4x4

What happened to it?

The Sumo Extreme concept was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The Sumo always remained an MPV, but Tata produced some Sumo 4x4 variants for the army and government. This Sumo looks very retro and very amazing for its times.

3. Tata Megapixel concept car

What is it?

The Tata Megapixel was meant as a future direction for the Nano. The Megapixel was heart-achingly beautiful. The tech was supposed to be electric hybrid with liihtum ion batteries and a 325 cc engine to charge the batteries. Oh, and it had 4 sliding doors too!

What happened to the Megapixel?

The same theme. Too early for its time. Tata Motors was then trying to sell the Nano, and had no intention to produce a premium electric-hybrid car. The car was supposed to elevate the perception of Tata Motors internationally, and it did that. Nothing more happened.

4. Maruti Suzuki A-Star Cabriolet

What happened?

Nothing. It was never intended as a production car.  It appeared at the 2012 Auto Expo as a show-stopper.  This compact convertible could have found a niche market - but then Maruti is a mass-market company and small numbers have never interesed them!

5. Tata Safari Storme Ladakh Edition

What is it?

A more modern, muscular version of the Tata Safari Storme SUV.  Designwise, the SUV looked 5 years ahead of the Safari Storme. It had a blacked out roof, mud tyres, frot grill add-ons and cladding, Ladakh Edition stickers and some mountaineering tools!

What happened?

Well, Tata produces a lot of special edition vehicles today, such as the Kaziranga, Dark and the Red-Dark Editions. But in 2014, the company was a lot more sedate. There was significant demand from Safari fans for a Ladakh Edition but it did not happen. Perhaps Tata will introduce a Ladakh Edition for the current Safari!

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