India's Ubiquitous Maruti 800 Ends Production After 30 Years

While the Ambassador tends to wear the mantle of the iconic car of India, the car that put Indians on the road was the Suzuki Maruiti 800. Derived from the '79 Suzuki Alto, the 800 has been in production since 1983. To outsiders, it's just an anonymous econobox. To vast numbers of Indians, it was freedom. And now it's » 2/11/14 9:00am 2/11/14 9:00am

The DC Design Avanti Could Become India's First Supercar

Designer and businessman Dilip Chhabria says he's planning to build a factory as soon as next year in order to put the into production this Avanti supercar, which is powered by a forced-induction four-cylinder engine (possibly an EcoBoost) and will have a price of somewhere around $50,000. Could this be India's first… » 5/02/13 1:28pm 5/02/13 1:28pm

Mahindra Genio Double Cab Pickup: The Jalopnik Review

Mahindra doesn't sell any cars or trucks in the US. At all. So when they flew me out to India to show me what they do, I was naturally wondering if maybe they were planning on making another try for a spoonful of the vast US market. I asked everyone I could, and I either got very noncommittal replies or outright… » 3/01/13 2:00pm 3/01/13 2:00pm

How The Indian Car Market Is The Bizarro Version Of America's

For the second time on my trip to India, I find myself entering a building and having a chain of flowers draped over my neck as a woman paints a mark on my forehead, and then showers me in flower petals. I never really know what to do in these situations, afraid that as soon as I open my mouth they'll realize the grave … » 2/22/13 12:00pm 2/22/13 12:00pm

These Are Some Of The Maharaja's Old Pieces Of American Iron

On the drive back from the desert to Delhi, I asked if my car-mates had seen the massive old Rolls (we think) that just passed on the street. You yourself can see the car I'm talking about in my post about driving in India. No one other than me saw it, but one of the other passengers, a friendly guy named Ashish Bagga, … » 2/19/13 6:51pm 2/19/13 6:51pm

Driving India's Jeep In A Desert Rally Without The Burden Of Skill

I knew I wanted to drive a Thar long before I had any idea I'd ever get to India. I was interested because it's one of the best automotive examples of evolution to an environment. Think of it this way: both the Thar and the Jeep we Americans know and love started with the same source: the WWII-era Willys Jeep. This was … » 2/18/13 12:00pm 2/18/13 12:00pm

Why I Spent A Week In India Driving Everything I Could Find

Generally, the American motoring press doesn't think much about India. Sure, when there's big news  like a $2500 new car or someone remembering that, holy crap, they still build the Ambassador, we'll write about it, but for the most part we've done a pretty good job ignoring the sixth largest car market in the world.… » 2/15/13 4:23pm 2/15/13 4:23pm

What It's Like Driving An Auto Rickshaw in Delhi Traffic

Terrifying... Well, at least to an American who's not used to the barely-cointained chaos of Delhi traffic and the moped with a backpack that is one of these three-wheelers. Well, I'll amend that my initial assesment — it was terrfying, but fun.  » 2/11/13 12:00pm 2/11/13 12:00pm

The Chairman Of One Of India's Largest Car Companies Makes Me An Offer

Last week, I wrote about my admiration for the small, ingenious little vans currently being built in India, and, like many of my posts about strange cars we never see in the US, I included a sad little plea for someone to help me find a way to drive one of these things. » 12/10/12 4:40pm 12/10/12 4:40pm

Why India Is Making The World's Most Interesting Cars

I know that's a bold statement to make in that headline there, but I mean it. I should clarify though— "interesting" does not mean "best" in any sense of the word. It's not the fastest, most advanced, most comfortable, or really any superlative (other than maybe "cheapest"). But some of the cars that are currently being… » 12/05/12 2:20pm 12/05/12 2:20pm