The advent of the Maruti 800 hatchback in the 1980s, followed by the arrival of global auto makers in the 1990s, loosened the Ambassador’s hold on what was once a captive market, finally culminating in last month’s closure of the Uttarpara factory in West Bengal where it was being built. Photo: HT
The advent of the Maruti 800 hatchback in the 1980s, followed by the arrival of global auto makers in the 1990s, loosened the Ambassador’s hold on what was once a captive market, finally culminating in last month’s closure of the Uttarpara factory in West Bengal where it was being built. Photo: HT

Your Ambassador no more

'Mint' checks out the 57-year journey of the Ambassador one of the last remnants of the Nehru era and the vehicle of choice for those who strode through the corridors of power in India

When American rock singer Janis Joplin was crooning ‘Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz’ in 1970, Indians had been ambling along in the Ambassador, or the Amby as it’s fondly known by that generatio

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