Hindustan Motors, Kolkata-based makers of the Ambassador, with a seven-decade history as India's car of choice, will stop manufacturing the car, at least temporarily until its restructuring and debt settlement. The Ambasasador, with its solid, sturdy exterior and extra large boot space, has been a favourite as a vehicle in government offices and as a taxi. But with the entry of newer, better car, the Amby's large size and poor mileage have driven customers to cheaper alternatives like Alto, Maruti 800, i10, Eon and Nano. The company had begun making the Ambassador in 1948, which was modelled after the British Morris Oxford III.
Known as the grand old lady of India's roads, the Ambassador has remained practically unchanged for 50 years+ of its near-dominance as the preferred vehicle for ministers and the bureaucracy.