India, a land that every man on earth desires to see once, is a land where the automobile industry has flourished, quite a folds. Since the inception of global brands, our country has been offered cars that are sold globally, but by a different carmaker. Let’s take a look at 5 such cars that have been a part of Indian automotive history and are rebadged versions of the ones sold around the world.
Mahindra XUV300 or Ssangyong Tivoli
XUV300 is the safest car in India, with a 5-star rating for adult occupancy and 4-star for child occupancy at the Global NCAP. Mahindra acquired a major stake in Ssangyong back in 2011. This is the reason behind Mahindra selling Ssangyong Tivoli under the XUV300 moniker. The Ssangyong Tivoli has actually been developed after the merger of Mahindra and Ssangyong back in 2015. The XUV300 on the other hand was launched last year in February.
Just a fun fact: Tivoli read backwards is ‘I LOV IT’.
Premier Rio or Daihatsu Terios
Do you remember the first sub-compact SUV in India? Is it the Ford Ecosport? Or is it the Mahindra Quanto? Actually, the answer is Premier Rio. A carmaker known for introducing Padmini, Premier launched Rio back in 2009. Not many of you might remember the car, the fact that it was a rebadged Daihatsu Terios will surely be unknown. Terios dates back to 1997 when it was launched in Japan. Terios has had a good run globally whereas Rio failed in India. The sub-compact segment was not at a peak at that time. You might rebadge a car but success cannot be replicated, right?
Another fun fact: Terios translated to ‘Making Dreams Come True’
Premier 118NE or Fiat 124 (Discontinued)
Another car on the list from Premier. This car too was not able to get any success, unlike the Padmini. 118NE was a rebadged version of globally sold Fiat 124. But instead of using the Fiat-sourced engine, Premier decided to give the 118NE, Nissan sourced 1.2-litre A12 engine. The square-shaped engine was quite a talk of those days and was smooth while revving. Using this engine, one could reach a top speed of over 135 kmph.
Just a random fact: NE stands for Nissan Engine
MG Hector or Baojun 530
Launched last year, MG Hector made a mark at the Indian automotive market in a short span of time. But the India and China border issue escalation, Indians have been on backfoot for buying Chinese products. Hector is the rebadged version of Baojun 530, a company that is owned by SAIC.
Fact: Upcoming MG Gloster will be a rebadged Maxus D90.
HM Contessa or Vauxhall VX (Discontinued)
Contessa was India’s first luxury sedan based on the Vauxhall VX series. The world was changing. People were becoming more and more attracted to power. So were the Indians. Ambassador was ruling the roads from the past three decades. But HM wanted to introduce a more modern car. This is when the Contessa was launched in India back in 1984. And the rest is the history, you can take a look on, here.
Fact: If inflation is taken into consideration, HM Contessa would have cost ₹11,23,000 (Approx.) today!
So these are 5 out of many cars that have been rebadged in India. Stay tuned for more!1