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Old 3rd July 2008, 10:37   #1
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Question The Pioneers: First car in India to offer a certain feature

I had always wondered which cars own the crown of being the 'firsts' to introduce a certain technology on Indian roads. Though I know the answer to most of the features I have mentioned below, I still miss out on some. Would be great if someone throws some light on the following (with indian context)
  1. First car to introduce MPFI
  2. First car with power windows
  3. First Diesel engine car of India
  4. First turbochrged car
  5. First car with digital odometer
  6. First car with digital speedometer
  7. First car having automatic transmission
  8. First car with rear windshield wiper
  9. First car having central locking
  10. Car having radial tyres
  11. First car having music system as standard fitment
  12. Car having chilled glove compartment
  13. Cars with tachometer
  14. Cars having AC !
Pl note that the BMWs and Mercs and all other imported cars (CBUs) should be excluded as all of them had these features even in the early 80s. Also, if anyone can tell of any more 'Firsts', it would be great. Better still if someone remembers the years too.
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1.First car to introduce MPFI
Well as per my knowledge, In India It has to be Daewoo Cielo
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Some more -

First to offer ABS
First to offer Airbags
First to offer Climate control
First to offer traction control
First to offer 4 WD/AWD
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Interesting thread, I am waiting for the guru's out here to fill it up.
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Some more -

First to offer ABS
First to offer Airbags
First to offer Climate control
First to offer traction control
First to offer 4 WD/AWD
I think first to offer 4WD was Maruti Gypsy in 1986
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Think Standard 2000 had a lot of features.
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Few more -
Powered OVRM
Parking sensors
Sunroof
And auto folding OVRM (sorry, don't know what to call this) - Seen this in Accord and BMW
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I had always wondered which cars own the crown of being the 'firsts' to introduce a certain technology on Indian roads. Though I know the answer to most of the features I have mentioned below, I still miss out on some. Would be great if someone throws some light on the following (with indian context)
  1. First car to introduce MPFI
  2. First car with power windows
  3. First Diesel engine car of India
  4. First turbochrged car
  5. First car with digital odometer
  6. First car with digital speedometer
  7. First car having automatic transmission
  8. First car with rear windshield wiper
  9. First car having central locking
  10. Car having radial tyres
  11. First car having music system as standard fitment
  12. Car having chilled glove compartment
  13. Cars with tachometer
  14. Cars having AC !
Pl note that the BMWs and Mercs and all other imported cars (CBUs) should be excluded as all of them had these features even in the early 80s. Also, if anyone can tell of any more 'Firsts', it would be great. Better still if someone remembers the years too.
Nice thread.
I think that
1) Daewoo Cielo.
5) Suzuki Wagon R
6) Honda Civic
12) Opel Astra

NOTE: My answers could be wrong.
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Few more -
Powered OVRM
Parking sensors
Sunroof
And auto folding OVRM (sorry, don't know what to call this) - Seen this in Accord and BMW

Powered OVRM: This was definately Opel Astra
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I had always wondered which cars own the crown of being the 'firsts' to introduce a certain technology on Indian roads. Though I know the answer to most of the features I have mentioned below, I still miss out on some. Would be great if someone throws some light on the following (with indian context)
  1. First car to introduce MPFI
  2. First car with power windows
  3. First Diesel engine car of India
  4. First turbochrged car
  5. First car with digital odometer
  6. First car with digital speedometer
  7. First car having automatic transmission
  8. First car with rear windshield wiper
  9. First car having central locking
  10. Car having radial tyres
  11. First car having music system as standard fitment
  12. Car having chilled glove compartment
  13. Cars with tachometer
  14. Cars having AC !
Pl note that the BMWs and Mercs and all other imported cars (CBUs) should be excluded as all of them had these features even in the early 80s. Also, if anyone can tell of any more 'Firsts', it would be great. Better still if someone remembers the years too.
Nice thread Akash cheers: ............... After scraching my head hard I have these inputs

4. Tata Siera
8. Maruti ZEN
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Akash, thats a really good thread that you opened up. I don't think this was discussed before.

I am sure this will send a lot of us scooting to google/wiki to get the answers
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Few more -
Powered OVRM
Parking sensors
Sunroof
And auto folding OVRM (sorry, don't know what to call this) - Seen this in Accord and BMW
Sunroof was offered by Opel Astra Club.
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First to offer Airbags
If we don't count Mercedes and BMW, then I think that the first car to offer airbags was Daewoo Cielo.
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  1. First car to introduce MPFI - Daewoo Cielo
  2. First car with power windows - TATA Estate/Sierra
  3. First Diesel engine car of India - TATA Estate/Sierra
  4. First turbochrged car - TATA Sierra Turbo
  5. First car with digital odometer - Wagon R
  6. First car with digital speedometer ???
  7. First car having automatic transmission - Daewoo Cielo
  8. First car with rear windshield wiper - Rovers Standard 2000
  9. First car having central locking - TATA Estate/Sierra
  10. Car having radial tyres - TATA Estate/Sierra
  11. First car having music system as standard fitment - TATA Estate/Sierra
  12. Car having chilled glove compartment ??
  13. Cars with tachometer - TATA Estate/Sierra
  14. Cars having AC ! - TATA Estate/Sierra
  15. Car having power steering and brakes - TATA Estate/Sierra


Nope M&M had it in many of their Jeep models, much much before even before Maruti was born.

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I think first to offer 4WD was Maruti Gypsy in 1986

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I think the Montego was the first to have a turocharged engine
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