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Old 13th March 2019, 20:00   #316
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Small fact: The Chevrolet Forester was (and is) the only car with a boxer engine in India, south of 1 crore. (Not sure about the Porsches)
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Tata Group had a 'Harrier' in its portfolio, long before Tata Motors launched the Harrier earlier this year.

Meet the humble Tata Stryder Harrier. Its a MTB sold by Tata International.

Btw, it was also news for me to learn that Tata also sells bicycles.
More here--> https://www.tatainternational.com/stryder/index.html
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India Army used Nissan P60 called Jonga (Jabalpur Ordnance aNd Guncarriage Assembly)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonga
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Fiat's 1.3L MJD is 1,248 cc. It should actually be referred to as a 1.2L, not 1.3L.
Talking about that engine. Do we have a list of different cars that engine powered in the Country

Would definitely be the record holder in the country
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Talking about that engine. Do we have a list of different cars that engine powered in the Country

Would definitely be the record holder in the country
List of all cars that used the 1.3 MJD either with FGT or VGT (few have been discontinued)

Maruti Suzuki:

1. Ignis
2. Ritz
3. Swift
4. Dzire
5. Baleno
6. Brezza
7. Ertiga
8. Ciaz
9. S Cross
10. SX4

TATA:

1. Bolt
2. Zest
3. Indica Vista
4. Manza

Chevrolet:

1. Beat (the 1.0 3-cylinder diesel was a derivative of the Fiat 1.3, rather 1.2 MJD)
2. Sail
3. Sail Uva
4. Enjoy

Fiat:

1. Palio
2. Punto
3. Linea
4. Avventura
5. Urban Cross

Premier:

1. Rio

A grand total of 24 cars were powered by the MJD

This must be a record of sorts I guess.

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Here's some very interesting trivia.

2 of the 3 students who were testing the VWs that blew the lid off the emissions scam - Arvind Thiruvengadam and Hemanth Kappanna - are Indian .

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I was in Kolkata during the monsoon of 1978. Lots of new Ambassador Mark 3's were seen everywhere as it was the best selling car in Kolkata then. A Deluxe model was just introduced with a higher price tag. It had no badging, but the speedo plus four gauges ( Temp + Fuel + Oil + Amp) with the full black dashboard was a distinguishing feature. This was in contrast to the body coloured dashboard with the speedo and two gauges (Fuel + Amp) for the Standard model. The Deluxe models had also just been started by PAL. PAL had commenced badging these with the Deluxe BE and later Deluxe BU badges.

This was as a result of the Government of India losing a case against its own dreaded price control regime in the Supreme Court sometime in 1977 against automakers. The Mark 3 prices zoomed from Rs 22,000 to around Rs 32,000, while the Premier car prices spiralled to Rs 30,000. The deluxe variants soon followed.

Back to Kolkata and the monsoon over there. The unprecented deluge of 1978 was such that the Metro was entirely flooded for quite a few days which many Calcuttans had never seen in the recent history. Statesman was the leading English newspaper apart from Amrita Bazar Patrika. The Telegraph was yet to enter the scene. The Statesman soon after the deluge carried an amusing anecdote. A customer had purchased a brand new Ambassador. Rain water was trickling into the car through some beading and the car was taken to the dealer.

The showroom person remarked "do not see the body, see the engine."

The newspaper published this as soon as the news percolated !
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