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Made in India: Cars & Bikes To Be Proud Of

Being one of the largest markets in the world for the automotive industry, India proudly boasts some great cars and bikes made in the country.

Bajaj Pulsar
Introduced in 2001, the Bajaj Pulsar was the bike that kicked off the sporty motorcycles trend amongst the youth back in the day. Its affordability and design made it the most powerful Indian motorcycle and was on the wishlist of every bike enthusiast. With a 180cc engine, the Pulsar was the fastest motorcycle in India at that time, creating a new segment called ‘Sports Biking’ in Indian motorcycling. The ever-evolving range comprises of eight stunning and powerful motorcycles that turn heads wherever it goes.

Mahindra Scorpio
Launched in 2002, the Scorpio was the first in-house vehicle developed by Mahindra and India’s first SUV for urban India. It signalled the arrival of the urbane SUV with all the luxuries of a car and all the thrills of an SUV. Designed in India and the UK, engineered in Germany and Austria, with American interiors, seats made in Italy, panels in Sweden and a body in Korea. It went on to win the prestigious CAR/SUV OF THE YEAR award in 2003.

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Royal Enfield Classic 350
Nothing sparks pride in an Indian than “the oldest global motorcycle brand in continuous production.” The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is the best-selling Royal Enfield model in India and also the best-selling model for the brand. It also holds a place among the top 10 best-selling bikes in India. Although other models in the Royal Enfield lineup are just as popular, with its timeless old-school, post-war design and dependability makes this a machine you can count on.

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Tork T6X
The work of Pune-based startup Tork, the T6X is India’s first electric performance motorcycle to be developed and put into production by an Indian company. With several features like cloud connectivity, integrated GPS, and in-built navigation capabilities, it became the first smart motorcycle.

Throwback: Tata and the first fully Indian car – The Tata Indica

The Indian auto industry has become the 4th largest in the world. And while India has seen an invasion of foreign automakers enter the country in the late 90s and 00s, the country can proudly boast of its indigenous models, and it’s all thanks to the country’s very own Ratan Tata.

It all started back on 30 December 1998, when Tata rolled out a 1.4-litre in-house diesel car that was built from scratch indigenously. It was launched amidst huge fanfare at the 1998 Geneva Motor Show and made it to the Indian Auto Expo later in the same year. Tata Motors introduced the first and most modern car to be designed by an Indian company – the Tata Indica.

The Indica was a 5 seater passenger car and was also the first in-house developed diesel hatchback. It offered options such as air conditioning and electric windows which were previously limited to imported cars in the market. While competitors brought in foreign cars modified for the Indian user, The Tata Indica was a car that was tailor-made for Indian consumers. Its knockout, however, was the design. The sleek hatchback was unlike all local Indian cars and had an unmistakable international appeal.

Unfortunately, the downside was its performance. The motor vehicle was not without several defects. As word of mouth spread, sales declined. But with resilience, Ratan Tata stood firm and rallied to fix all the issues with the Indica. He went on to release the new and improved Indica V2, which was a huge success. It went on to become a permanent fixture as a top car choice for decades ahead.

Sadly, after a great run of 20 years, the Tata Indica was discontinued in 2018. But it is sure to forever remain a favourite among Indian drivers.

Tips to Minimize Wear and Tear on Your Car

Preventative care, careful driving and regular maintenance all contribute to your car’s longevity, making it stay longer on the roads than in a garage. Proper care also helps you save a lot of money in the long run. Here are a few tips on how to make sure the wear and tear in your car is minimized.

Stick to your maintenance routine:
Familiarize yourself with your car’s maintenance schedule and stick to it. As your car age, more maintenance is required and car manufacturers always recommend regular service intervals. If you don’t do a regular service on your car, you run the risk of causing damage to your engine and other parts because service centres know what needs to be checked and replaced with time, such as spark plugs, oil, filters, etc.

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Never miss an oil change:
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and over time the motor oil begins to degrade and lose its lubricating and cooling properties potentially damaging metal-on-metal contact. Regularly changing your oil and filter can save you in the long run, the failure of which could have you replacing your whole engine!

Warm-up!
Everyone is always in a hurry and it’s not uncommon to want to jump into our cars and rush off. But experts recommend that it is important to give your engine a minute or two to warm up. This helps your engine oil heat up and lubricate all the parts. It’s also best to avoid higher RPMs and speeds until the engine is properly warmed up and running at normal temperature.

Give your brakes a break:
Prolong the life of your brake pads and discs by easing up on constantly using them. The safest way to do it is by slowing down. The faster you drive, the more you will need to step on the brakes sharply. Keep a safe distance between the vehicle in front of you, which will give you more time to come to a slower stop without having to jam on the brakes often.

Use the parking brake:
A better option is to engage the parking brake when you stop. First, step on your brake pedal and then engage your parking brake; put the car into park and release your foot off the pedal. This will prolong your car’s transmission allowing the parking brake to take the car’s weight and not the transmission.

Tamil Nadu Day

On November 1, 2019, six decades since the Linguistic Reorganisation of States in 1956, Tamil Nadu state formation day – Tamil Nadu Day – was celebrated.

A little bit of history:

The history of Tamil Nadu begins from the mid-17th century to 1946, with British-controlled Madras Presidency and the rise and fall of British power in India. After India’s independence in 1947, the Madras Presidency became the Madras State. In 1953, Madras was divided; the Telugu-speaking areas separated and formed part of the new state of Andhra Pradesh. With other areas making up the new state of Kerala and some becoming part of Mysore, in 1956. Officially the Madras State was formed on November 1st, 1956 and it was renamed Tamil Nadu in 1968.

Fun Trivia about Tamil Nadu: Did you know?

  • Tamil is the official language of this state, as well as Sri Lanka and Singapore.
  • Tamil is the first Indian language to attain Classical Language status by UNESCO
  • The Brihadeswara temple at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu is the World’s first granite temple
  • Kallanai Dam, also known as the Grand Anicut, is the oldest dam in India constructed around 100 BC and the first dam in the world built across the Kaveri River in Trichy. The dam is still functioning to this day.
  • Subramanya Temple is the oldest temple in Tamil Nadu. It was uncovered in 2005, after being uncovered by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami waves. Archaeologists discovered rock inscriptions close to the hamlet of Saluvankuppam,
  • The Tamil language holds the spot of oldest living language, since the oldest language, Latin, is no longer in use. It is also the only language that is personified as a god.
  • Chennai’s Marina Beach is the second longest urban beach in the world, stretching for 6km
  • Higginbothams Book Shop on Mount Road, Chennai, is India’s first and oldest book shop started in 1844
  • The game of Snooker was invented at the Ootacamund club in Ooty in 1875
  • Chennai is nicknamed the “Detroit of Asia”, or the “Detroit of India”, due to the major automobile manufacturing units and industries around the city. The 4-wheeler vehicles in Chennai is the base of 30% of India’s automobile industry and 35% of its automobile component industry

There is no denying that Tamil Nadu is rich in culture, diversity, tradition, art, cuisine and many, many more attributes that make it the beautiful land that it is. We are indeed proud to be Tamilian!
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