India’s iconic Ambassador automobile code is sole to Peugeot

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The Ambassador was not eminent for a handbrake or steering lock

One of India’s many iconic automobile brands has been sole by Hindustan Motors to a French manufacturer Peugeot for a favoured $12m (£9.6m), officials say.

The Ambassador automobile used to be one of India’s many prestigious vehicles dear by supervision ministers. But it has been out of prolongation given 2014.

It is not transparent either Peugeot will revitalise a brand.

Based on a British Morris Oxford, a Ambassador was for 3 decades India’s bestselling car.

Peugeot has prolonged been penetrating to get a foothold in India and was one of a initial unfamiliar automobile makers to enter a nation in a mid-1990s when a economy initial was liberalised.

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For many years a Ambassador was a automobile of choice of ministers and polite servants

The Ambassador was from a 1960s to a mid-1980s a standing pitch in India and was a usually mass constructed oppulance automobile on a market.

Although not eminent for a good looks, a automobile did win plaudits for a atmospheric interior and sound suspension, that was ideally matched to Indian roads. It was also one of a initial diesel cars to seem in India and one of a initial to have atmosphere conditioning.

But a rain was as fantastic as a arise – dropping from sales of some-more than 20,000 models in a midst 1980s to about 2,000 in 2013-14 when prolongation was suspended.

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The automobile was also eminent for a idiosyncrasies.

The handbrake frequency worked scrupulously – instead spawning a era of drivers that could simply do mountain starts skilfully balancing a accelerator and brake.

The indicator controls were mostly mounted in surprising positions, a brakes were notoriously soothing and a steering close was probably non-existent.

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Ambassador taxis are still hackneyed in Indian cities

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More and some-more Ambassadors are now off a roads and seen as corpse of yesteryear

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