On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the launch of the Maruti 800, The automobile industry in India prior to the 1980s was in complete shambles. The only two manufacturers of note were Premier Automobiles in Mumbai and Hindustan Motors in Kolkata. They manufactured the Premier Padmini and the Hindustan Ambassador respectively. The Premier Padmini was based on the Fiat 1100, a car first sold in the 1950s while the Ambassador was little more than a Morris Oxford, a car from post-war England. By the 1980s both these cars were hopelessly outdated. However, the buyers did not really have any other options. This was the era of the License Raj. The waiting period stretched into years and the shortage was so acute that used examples were sold at a premium. But all this changed with the introduction of the 800 by Maruti Suzuki in 1983. The first generation of the Maruti 800, also called the SS80 The Maruti 800 was everything the Ambassador and the Padmini weren't. It was small, nimble, … [Read more...] about 35 years of the Maruti 800: A social icon
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Motoring by Press Association 04/10/2018, 11:50 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Passed your driving test recently? First of all, congratulations. Second, you’ll probably be wondering which route you should take for your first car. There are some brilliant deals around on brand-new cars, especially if you opt for the finance route – but for most, the first car is a used model, purchased outright with savings and perhaps with a bit of help from mum and dad. The ideal first car has a few factors. First of all, it should be easy to drive for a newly-minted motorist – nobody wants to step out of their test and into something that’s difficult to manoeuvre. It should also be cheap to maintain, repair and — most crucially — to insure. Premiums on young drivers are the highest in the business, and key to keeping prices down is buying a car in a low insurance group. But that doesn’t … [Read more...] about The best used cars for first-time drivers under £5,000
PUBLISHED: 06:59 19 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:22 19 May 2018 Morris Ital. Photo: Wikipedia/ Winelight Wikipedia/ Winelight Once common cars are becoming endangered species on our roads, research shows. Austin Allegro. Photo: Wikipedia/DeFacto Numbers of some classic cars have reduced by as much as 99pc over 25 years. The Vauxhall Vectra and Ford Mondeo are both declining fast, while numbers of Fiat 500s are rocketing. Car leasing firm UK Carline analysed vehicle licensing figures from the Department of Transport, looking at data from 1994 to the end of 2017. Fiat 500. Photo: Wikipedia/S 400 HYBRID It found the once-common Morris Ital was the rarest car in the UK, with just 32 vehicles currently registered, compared to more than 17,700 in 1994. The once popular Austin Allegro and Vauxhall Chevette which boasted 56,000 and 33,000 cars on the road respectively in 1994, now both have less than 200. Classic Fords are disappeasring too. Numbers of Ford Sierras in the UK have dropped by … [Read more...] about Where have all the Ford Sierras gone?