The Maruti 800 and the Bajaj Chetak: The End of the Road for Two Indian…

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The car’s chocolate-colored is faded and, without a cover, the steering is scorching hot in the The Maruti 800 — India’s people’s car before the Nano along — looks The modest hatchback, and the Bajaj , India’s answer to the Vespa, the imagination of the Indian middle in the 70s and 80s and kept them buying for

But the small car and the scooter, long on roads throughout India, are no the toast of India’s aspiring class. Over the last both companies have that they will be out these beloved classics.

The announcement, though sudden, was not With the staid middle-aged of India’s middle class way to urbanites and youngsters with a lot of cash, not much hope was for these two modest modes of A Maruti-Suzuki spokesperson says the made a conscious decision to out the car as the definition of people — in words, India’ vast classes — has transformed in the two decades.

In January 2010 of the M800 were down 55% the same period the previous as Indians opt for cars with like power steering, contemporary styling and new technology fuel efficient engines. The meanwhile, has lost its appeal the younger generation for not being enough. The two-wheeler has always associated with teachers, and government clerks and is considered too looking for young people, Rahul Bajaj, chairman of the group. Waiting lists for scooters are a thing of the past. the 50 worst cars of all time.)

The picture was different in the 70s, every young man’s was to fly across the roads with his on a Bajaj scooter. In north marriages meant a Bajaj as dowry, Bajaj has said. Singh, a retired brigadier in the army, remembers his first scooter that he bought a loan of $70 in 1973.

In those days of bicycles, a felt like a royal Riding in the night, with my at the back, her hands gently me was the most romantic feeling, he

Like many, Singh from his Bajaj to an M-800 in I was an army major by then and it was fit that I should buy the M-800, Singh. It was not only a status but a vehicle of the times. He drove the car for nearly two decades, and says it a major portion of his life My children and grandchildren have all part of that experience.

If my wife were alive she would have never me to sell it, he says. To this I associate the car with her. the most important cars of all

Even until recently, the was a first car to many Indians. Bhandari, a mother of two, when she and her husband wanted to buy first car in 2003, M-800 was the choice. But with the introduction of models from domestic and car makers, the M-800 has been its sheen over the past few

As Bhandari says, when her bought their M-800 in the people were awed. By the she bought hers, it was looked upon — good as a car, but nothing more, says.

An era will end in India shiny new Chetaks and the Maruti 800 from India’s streets an era that marked the emergence of a India struggling to align its values with modern As Singh put it: It was good while it but now its time to move on.

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