While some cars are purely iconic, some get stuck up with stereotypes that become synonymous with the vehicle’s identity. Whether it is the HM Ambassador’s bureaucratic identity or the Omni’s use as the kidnaper’s vehicle in cult Hindi films, there are plenty of vehicles that have a stereotype attached to them.
But before we begin talking about those, we would like to point out that this article is purely written to have some fun, and shouldn’t be taken seriously. This piece is written, keeping only a single brief in mind, and that is to have some fun. In no way this article is meant to hurt any sentiments. So let’s dig into 9 Indian car stereotypes!
Tata Tiago – The Crash Test Inspector
It was in 2020, that the Tata Tiago was crash tested under the Global NCAP’s Safer Cars for India campaign. The result? Well, the Tiago scored an impressive 4 stars in the adult occupancy, making the Tata Tiago the safest budgeted hatchback in India. Since then the car has been stereotyped as a crash test inspector, setting a safety standard for all other hatches. In fact, post the Tiago’s 4-star run, Tata Motors took a few jibes at the S-Presso 0 star safety levels as well.
Isuzu D Max V Cross – Living the American Dream
While pickup trucks are quite popular in the USA, here in India, it isn’t something that we see that often. But the Isuzu V Cross is a vehicle that aims to change the norm. Whether it is a success or not is something that buyers can decide very well. But nonetheless, the V Cross does blend in the SUV practicality with pickup abilities quite well. In fact, ignoring the sales number, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Isuzu V Cross is living the American Dream here in India, irrespective of how it performs for the company’s profit.
Mahindra Thar – Wrangler on a Budget
No wonder the Mahindra Thar is quite a cult in India, but with that said, saying that the Thar is a Wrangler on a budget wouldn’t be entirely wrong. In terms of the overall front profile, the Thar greatly resembles the Jeep Wrangler, which is far more powerful than Thar, with even better off-road capabilities. The only drawback of the Wrangler is its high price tag, which goes a little over the 50 lakh mark. And this is where the Thar capitalizes, as it offers a great off-roading thrill with wrangler like rush for a price that is under 15 Lakhs. As a result, the car is often stereotyped as a Wrangler on a budget.
Mahindra Bolero – The Desi G Wagon
Imitation is the best form of flattery. And it seems as if we Indians have taken this quite seriously. Probably this is the reason why we have left no stone unturned to replicate the Mercedes G Class through our very own Mahindra Bolero. As crazy as it might sound, there are aftermarket kits that can turn your everyday Bolero into a G-Class replica. In fact, the Bolero has taken so much inspiration from the G Wagon’s looks that it is essentially a 10 Lakhs rip off of the real deal. Therefore, we don’t think it’s wrong to say that the car is rightfully stereotyped as our Desi G Wagon.
Maruti Suzuki Eeco – The Delivery Van
If the Mahindra Thar is an off-roading cult, the Maruti Suzuki Eeco too is a cult, especially to those who are employed in the business of delivering goods. From multinational companies like Amazon to the local courier delivery guy, the Maruti Suzuki Eeco is a go-to vehicle when it comes to delivering goods and products. Often stereotyped as a delivery van, we think the car is rightly stereotyped.
Mahindra Scorpio – Haryana’s Pride
The Mahindra Scorpio is a vehicle that is truly loved throughout India. But when it comes to Haryana, it seems as if the Scorpio is indeed Haryana’s heartbeat. From swanky tyres to classy body kits, Scorpios attain a new life in Haryana, where the vehicle is almost omnipresent. From rich landlords to hardworking farmers, almost everyone who owns a Scorpio takes pride in it. Be it the SUVs balanced looks or the capable mHAWK engine, the success of the Scorpio in Haryana is unprecedented as the vehicle is truly considered an emotion there, often being stereotyped as Haryana’s pride.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga – The Corporate Fleet Car
From MNCs to local firms, it seems as if the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is every corporate’s first choice when it comes to the corporate fleet. With company fitted CNG onboard, and Maruti’s superb mileage figures, it is quite common for you to find an Ertiga with a yellow number plate. In fact, saying that almost all Ertigas are either office cabs or fleet runners wouldn’t be an understatement.
Maruti Suzuki Swift – Made in Karol Bagh
Car modification is one of the most trending things to do with your vehicle. And while some cars are difficult to modify, some are extremely mod-friendly. The Maruti Suzuki Swift belongs to the latter category. Even though Maruti Suzuki manufactures the Swift, in reality, it is truly made in Karol Bagh; a place where mod enthusiasts go to add in all kinds of swanky accessories, body kits and upgrades onboard their Swifts. From heavy bass tubes to blinding LED, Swifts are often modified with completely new attire, giving birth to Swifts that are stereotyped as – made in Karol Bagh.
Check Out: Rahul Singh’s Modified Maruti Swift
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz – New Sarkari Gaadi
There was a time when the HM Ambassador was largely dubbed as a bureaucrat’s vehicle. But thanks to a much-needed evolution of the Government’s official fleet, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has duly replaced the Ambassador to become the new Sarkari Gaadi. From IAS to judicial officers, almost every high ranking official possesses a “GOVT OF INDIA” Ciaz, which they use for official purposes. The car is therefore stereotyped as the new Sarkari Gaadi.
So these were 9 Indian car stereotypes. If you too have an addition to the list, comment down in the comment section. Till then, Stay Pinned!