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Its been more than a decade and a half since I last revisited the archives of the Indian automotive market and the subcontinent. A decade passes by, and its now time to revisit them again, but in a different way.

The lockdown is the best thing happened to mankind. It was one step for reset which was a giant leap for mankind.
  • Neil Armstrong will be the happiest man watching from heaven today as the world has seen a life reset. 41 years on, after his first step to the moon.
  • 144 years on, the telephone is such a widely used device today. Alexander Graham bell would have been the happiest person to watch from the heaven today as the world has seen a life reset.
  • 94 years on, John Logie Baird would have been the world's happiest man watching from heaven, as the TV industry has seen a pause after all the nonsense shows that have been telecasted in the recent past and sensible historical shows are being retelecast again.
  • But, among all the inventions, are we forgetting what is the world's greatest invention?
    Its wheels. Perhaps, after a huge gap of 134 years, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz will be the happiest souls in this heaven watching the evolution of the world's greatest invention, wheels.

In this special story, we dedicate this celebration to the world's greatest invention, wheels.

A pictorial journey and hysteria of the unseen photos and footage dug deep in the web archives of the history E-Books.

In this story, we take a look at some of the photos from the bygone era (80s/90s/2000s) of automobile manufacturing and product showcase from select few manufacturers as per the photos found and saved.

I would like to thank the following people and websites through this medium in one go, for saving these unseen treasure of images:
  • www.indiacontent.in Amazing content of archived images.
  • Getty images-A collection of different archived images with credit to original photographers
  • Carlsten Bockermann, for taking some amazing images of HM factory
  • Abarth India page, facebook
  • Photodivision, Government of India
  • Times content

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GENERAL MOTORS INDIA

Chevrolet Optra-photos from 2005 in Halol Factory, Gujarat.

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Chevrolet Tavera-photos from 2005 in Halol Factory, Gujarat.

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DAEWOO MOTORS INDIA


The midsize king of the mid 1990s-the Cielo, production line in 1995-96 in Daewoo Motors India Limited factory, Surajpur, UP.

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The Matiz SE, before launch and promotion, 1998. On select pics is the then Chairman and managing director of DMIL, Mr. S.G. Awasthi.

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PREMIER AUTOMOBILES LIMITED


The Premier President/Padmini in these images taken inside the PAL factory in Kurla, sometime in the 70s/80s.

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FIAT INDIA LIMITED


Palio stile manufacturing, Ranjangaon plant, 2007.

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Launch and showcase of Palio S10 with Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, 2002.

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Matt grey pre production prototypes of Abarth Punto, two of them, in the Ranjangaon plant (courtesy facebook). The one having orange painted side skirts never made to BIC pre launch showcase.

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HINDUSTAN MOTORS


The Ambassador, shown in these images taken from inside the now defunct Uttarapara factory in West bengal. pics taken by Carlsten Bockermann date back to its last days in 2013/14.

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A very rare photo of the Contessa after the paint shop process, taken in the 80s.

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HONDA SIEL CARS INDIA LIMITED


The 2009 Arrow shot design third generation Honda City V, showcased inside its factory in Greater Noida, UP before launch. Some photos of its manufacturing have also been captured.

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MAHINDRA and MAHINDRA


Before its launch in 2002, the first lot of Mahindra Scorpios are seen in this pictorial being manufactured in its factory in Nashik, Maharashtra.

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MARUTI UDYOG LIMITED


The SS 80 being manufactured in MUL Gurgaon plant in 1985, when the Japanese delegation visited the plant. Pics courtesy government of India Photo division.

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The SB 308 800 being manufactured in the early 90s.

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The Zen, showcased being manufactured and ready for dispatch in 1996-97. Also shown in some pics is Mr. R.C. Bhargava, the MD of Maruti Udyog Limited.

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The first generation 2005 Maruti Suzuki Swift 1.3 petrol is also seen being manufactured before its launch in 2005. Mr. Jagdish Khattar, is seen posing in one of the pics.

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REVA ELECTRIC CAR COMPANY


India's first mainstream electric car, the Maini Reva, was unveiled in 1997 and was launched in many phases in the successive years. Pictured below is the car at its greenfield manufacturing facility in Bangalore, and Mr. Chetan maini, the founder and MD of Reva Electric Car Company.

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TATA ENGINEERING AND LOCOMOTIVE COMPANY LIMITED


The launch of Tata Indica, in the company's Pune, Maharashtra factory in late 1998 with Mr. Ratan Tata, chairman, Tata Sons and Mr. V.M. Raval, VP, passenger car sales division.

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The Tata Safari being prepped for commercial launch in Early 1998 in this very rare photo taken in 1997.

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SKODA AUTO INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED


The Octavia VRS launch, August 2004, with Mr. Imran Hassan, the then MD of Skoda India.

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The VRS Combi being showcased in an event in 2005 before its launch in India.

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TOYOTA KIRLOSKAR MOTOR INDIA PVT LTD


The Toyota Innova being put through its paces during a media review and its manufacturing being captured inside the company's factory in Bidadi, Bangalore, Karnataka in 2005.

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An rare image of a cutaway of its predecessor, the Qualis.

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The treasure of images for sure will also be archived elsewhere, and sometime, someday, they are waiting to be unearthed. and unlocked. With the unlock season beginning to slowly transform our lazy days and lives into active and routine in phases, lets not forget the glory days our industry has seen as we move on the path to recovery.

So, sit back and recover your blues before you say....

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....its Monday work blues already?

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