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Old 29th November 2006, 11:32   #1
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Default Indian Auto Industry Timeline

I made this time line for a wikipedia article on cars in india.

1905 Fiat Motors
1928 Chevrolet Motors
1942 Hindustan Motors
1944 Premier Auto Limited
1945 Tata Motors
1947 Mahindra Motors
1948 Standard Motors
1974 Sipani Motors
1981 Maruti Udyog
1994 Rover Motors
1994 Mercedes Benz
1995 Ford Motors
1995 Honda SIEL
1995 Reva Electric Car Company
1995 Daewoo Motors
1996 Hyundai Motors
1997 Toyota Kirloskar Motors
1997 Fiat Motors (Re-Entry)
1998 San Motors
1998 Mitsubishi Motors
2001 Skoda Auto
2003 Chevrolet Motors (Re-Entry)

Iv mainly used the internet as a source and hence am not really sure about how accurate it is. please add dates or edit the existing ones if you think they are incorrect.

I would like to know when Opel & Peugeot entered India so that I can add it to the timeline

Iv also put in some information about companies which dont exist anymore such as standard motors nd sipani and am not sure about the details on the site so if anyone has anything to change please let me know.

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Old 29th November 2006, 15:14   #2
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Hi,

Peugeot had launched its 309 in 1995 according to me...it was a collaboration with Premier Auto...

Regards....
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Nice work, khanak...

Sipani was orginally incorporated as Sunrise Automotive Industries Ltd in 1974 and changed its name to Sipani in 1978.

Rajah Motors in Chavakkad, Kerala was incorporated in 1991 and they made an MPV named Kazwa that looked like Renault Espace.

General Motors India, incorporated in 1994 as a 50-50 joint venture company with the C.K. Birla Group of Companies (and launched the Opel brand), became a fully owned subsidiary of GM in 1999 when GMOC bought the remaining shares. The company was restructured in 1999 and was converted from a Public Limited company to a Private Limited company.

Just my 2 cents.

OT: when you look at the timeline dont you feel sad about all those years wasted for the sake of of crappy socialism....?
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Exclamation Says a lot!

Some things I noted while reading this.

1905 Fiat Motors
1928 Chevrolet Motors
1942 Hindustan Motors
1944 Premier Auto Limited
1945 Tata Motors
1947 Mahindra Motors
1948 Standard Motors
^^^

See the gap in between??

\/\/\/
1974 Sipani Motors

1981
Maruti Udyog
Here too!!

1994
Rover Motors
1994 Mercedes Benz
1995 Ford Motors

1995 Honda SIEL
(Hmmm.. Is this correct? I think they came a bit more late).

1995 Reva Electric Car Company
1995 Daewoo Motors
1996 Hyundai Motors
1997 Toyota Kirloskar Motors
1997 Fiat Motors (Re-Entry)

1998 San Motors (Were'nt they present earlier?).

1998 Mitsubishi Motors ( ditto )

2001 Skoda Auto
2003 Chevrolet Motors (Re-Entry)


Thanks for sharing your finding with us Khanak.
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Update

* 1897 First Person to own a car in India - Mr Foster of M/s Crompton Greaves Company, Mumbai
* 1901 First Indian to own a car in India - Jamshedji Tata
* 1905 First Woman to drive a car in India - Mrs. Suzanne RD Tata
* 1905 Fiat Motors
* 1911 First Taxi in India
* 1924 Formation of Traffic Police
* 1928 Chevrolet Motors
* 1942 Hindustan Motors
* 1944 Premier Auto Limited
* 1945 Tata Motors
* 1947 Mahindra Motors
* 1948 Ashok Motors
* 1948 Standard Motors
* 1974 Sipani Motors
* 1981 Maruti Udyog
* 1994 Rover Motors
* 1994 Mercedes Benz
* 1994 Opel
* 1995 Ford Motors
* 1995 Honda SIEL
* 1995 Reva Electric Car Company
* 1995 Daewoo Motors
* 1996 Hyundai Motors
* 1997 Toyota Kirloskar Motors
* 1997 Fiat Motors (Re-Entry)
* 1998 San Motors
* 1998 Mitsubishi Motors
* 2001 Skoda Auto
* 2003 Chevrolet Motors (Re-Entry)
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Default khanak's time-line is the seed for Indian Automotive Hostory

@ khanak
It is high time that this thread be re-activated.
We can really sketch the history of Indian Automotive with the help of your time line.
IMHO, it is also high time to improve the Wikipedia article you strted.
Game?

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Question History of Honda Cars in India?

I know this might seem weird, but I was just wondering about the history of Honda Cars in India and when did they get their different models in? Which years were the VTEC and i-VTEC introduced?

I was just doing a study on Honda in India and was trying to get the details. I do know for a fact that they came to India in 97 with the city and introduced the accord in 2001. But what variants did they come in? What was the pricing and how successful were they (in how many numbers did they sell on average)?

Any help from the experts and anyone who can chip in would be greatly appreciated.
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I know this might seem weird, but I was just wondering about the history of Honda Cars in India and when did they get their different models in?
This page has some of the timelines you are looking for.

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Which years were the VTEC and i-VTEC introduced?
I guess year 2000 (City Vtec) and 2001 (Accord i-Vtec)
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* 1897 First Person to own a car in India - Mr Foster of M/s Crompton Greaves Company, Mumbai
* 1901 First Indian to own a car in India - Jamshedji Tata
* 1905 First Woman to drive a car in India - Mrs. Suzanne RD Tata
* 1905 Fiat Motors
* 1911 First Taxi in India
* 1924 Formation of Traffic Police
* 1928 Chevrolet Motors
* 1942 Hindustan Motors
* 1944 Premier Auto Limited
* 1945 Tata Motors
* 1947 Mahindra Motors
* 1948 Ashok Motors
* 1948 Standard Motors
* 1974 Sipani Motors
* 1981 Maruti Udyog
* 1994 Rover Motors
* 1994 Mercedes Benz
* 1994 Opel
* 1995 Ford Motors
* 1995 Honda SIEL
* 1995 Reva Electric Car Company
* 1995 Daewoo Motors
* 1996 Hyundai Motors
* 1997 Toyota Kirloskar Motors
* 1997 Fiat Motors (Re-Entry)
* 1998 San Motors
* 1998 Mitsubishi Motors
* 2001 Skoda Auto
* 2003 Chevrolet Motors (Re-Entry)
In between, Ford trucks & buses were made in India (around 1985-90) by Amalgamation Group with a plant ex-Madras.

Isuzu trucks were manufactured by Hindustan Motors (around 1980-90).

You missed out the famous LCV explosion - DCM-Toyota, Eicher-Mitsubishi, Swaraj-Mazda & Allwyn-Nissan - all of which happened in 1984-85.

Rover Motors? The Rover 2000 (rechristened as Standard 2000) was manufactured by Standard Motors around 1983-85. And the Rover Montego was manufactured by Sipani Auto around 1990-95.

San Motors was originally Suri & Nayar and has been around longer than 1995. They used to make locomotives originally (like Tata Engineering & Locomotive Company, later Tata Motors).

What about the Heavy Vehicles Factory at Jabalpur (Indian Army-owned) which manufactured first the Saktiman (with inputs from MAN, I think), the Jonga and now the Stallion?
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* 1948 Ashok Motors
* ...
Ashok Motors changed to Ashokleyland by 1950!.
You can include that too.
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There was also this company called Rajah Motors in the late 90s, they made an MPV of sorts with a 2 litre turbodiesel engine. It was called Kazwa and they made half a dozen odd before shutting down within the first year of operation!!
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you mean this one ?
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...ml#post1436320 (Cars that havent seen the light of the day.)
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Thats the one. They should have perservered with it or maybe it was ahead of its time. Toyota is shifing Innovas by the bucktloads, come to think of it a start up Indian company had the right formula more than a decade ago!!! Only if Tata and Mahindra had picked up the cue then for a modern MPV.
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Thats the one. They should have perservered with it or maybe it was ahead of its time. Toyota is shifing Innovas by the bucktloads, come to think of it a start up Indian company had the right formula more than a decade ago!!! Only if Tata and Mahindra had picked up the cue then for a modern MPV.
Come to think of it, the Indian auto industry is such that has ample examples of vehicles which were ahead of their time but never did well.
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