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Old 22nd February 2011, 21:50   #31
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Plans for a people cars' Company, dunno if it was called maruti then was floated in '71.
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Originally Posted by NetfreakBombay View Post
Did Maruti exist in 75 - 77 era?
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Plans for a people cars' Company, dunno if it was called maruti then was floated in '71.
Yes very much, the company was known as Maruti Udyog Limited, based in Gurgaon.Some facts chronicled here in this link:
When Sanjay Gandhi had a dream for India's small car
They made Govt State Transport undertaking bus bodies and also road rollers (reconditioned many from scrap too) to sell them to government departments.This was during the proclamation of emergency (1975-77), its hey days.
The company soon made a prototype as in the picture featured here and it was fitted with a VW Beetle engine if I am not mistaken and not the engines described in these links.The prototype was sent for certification to ARAI, Ahmednagar and the car turned turtle while negotiating a sharp curve.
After the emergency was lifted in early 1977, the MUL went into liquidation as the new Janata government initiated action against wrongdoings during the emergency.
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http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...history-2.html (Walk with History)
The company's fortunes were revived in 1980 after a change in Govt and initiation of talks for collaboration with Reanult,Volkswagen a few more car companies and later Suzuki.
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