An Ambassador car stands parked under a blossoming tree in Bangalore (30 May 2014)

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The Ambassador was not famend for its handbrake or steering lock

One in every of India’s most iconic automotive manufacturers has been bought by Hindustan Motors to the French producer Peugeot for a nominal $12m (£9.6m), officers say.

The Ambassador automotive was certainly one of India’s most prestigious automobiles beloved by authorities ministers. However it has been out of manufacturing since 2014.

It isn’t clear whether or not Peugeot will revive the model.

Primarily based on the British Morris Oxford, the Ambassador was for 3 many years India’s bestselling automotive.

Peugeot has lengthy been eager to get a foothold in India and was one of many first overseas automotive makers to enter the nation within the mid-1990s when the financial system first was liberalised.

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For a few years the Ambassador was the automotive of selection of ministers and civil servants

The Ambassador was from the 1960s to the mid-1980s a standing image in India and was the one mass produced luxurious automotive in the marketplace.

Though not famend for its beauty, the automotive did win plaudits for its spacious inside and sound suspension, which was ideally suited to Indian roads. It was additionally one of many first diesel vehicles to look in India and one of many first to have air-con.

However its downfall was as spectacular as its rise – dropping from gross sales of greater than 20,000 fashions within the mid 1980s to about 2,000 in 2013-14 when manufacturing was suspended.

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The automotive was additionally famend for its idiosyncrasies.

The handbrake not often labored correctly – as a substitute spawning a technology of drivers that might simply do hill begins deftly balancing the accelerator and brake.

The indicator controls have been typically mounted in uncommon positions, its brakes have been notoriously gentle and its steering lock was just about non-existent.

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Ambassador taxis are nonetheless commonplace in Indian cities

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Increasingly more Ambassadors at the moment are off the roads and seen as relics of yesteryear