Various cars on the Indian roads have made a certain kind of image in people’s minds. People have formed an opinion but when most people have got the same one, we classify it as a stereotype! This article is not meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone’s feelings. It’s just a reflection of what the majority of the people in India think about the cars that they see or use in their real life! Let’s start.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR / Dzire – OLA/UBER/Taxi Standard
Maruti Suzuki WagonR is of the most fuel-efficient cars in India. At the same time, WagonR costs you pennies in terms of maintenance. This is the only reason why you would see lakhs of WagonRs on the roads roaming around as taxis. The Dzire also has a similar case. If you have ever booked an online taxi (most of us have), consider yourself a lucky one if you see any car other than the WagonR or the Dzire! These 2 are the favourites of all the cab drivers, therefore, it is now a stereotype that these two are born to be a cab only!
Toyota Fortuner – Politicians/Gym Owner
We are sure that you have seen most of the Fortuners in the white shade only. We are still not sure if Toyota is still manufacturing any other colour noticing the demand! Jokes apart, Toyota Fortuner is such a muscular and highrise SUV that represents strength and power. This car is therefore thought to be owned by some powerful personality. By power, we mean that he could either be physically powerful and could be possibly the gym guy! Another stereotype that this car faces is it belongs to the politicians! That is another form of power, isn’t it?
Mahindra Scorpio – The Rohit Shetty Favourite
This one in our list of Indian Cars & their stereotypes will be familiar to all the Bollywood action enthusiasts! Rohit Shetty is often seen using Scorpios for stunts that no normal car can do! You have seen flying Scorpios, speeding Scorpios and what else, you have seen Singham stepping out of a drifting Scorpio as well! Scorpio now has an image in the minds of people as a car that is meant to do stunts! particularly in Haryana and UP, you can also spot some great pieces with wide tyres and shiny alloys. Scorpio is the heartbeat of Haryana! Therefore, it is also stereotyped to be a Haryanvi car and as mentioned above, a Rohit Shetty car!
Honda City – Doctors/Lawyer/Executive’s Favourite
After such a loud mindset about the Mahindra Scorpio, here is the Honda City! This sedan looks like a quite car whose owner likes to enjoy the driving pleasure in a calm and silent cabin! This car is imagined to have a world of its own inside the cabin and seems like neither of the occupants is interested in anything happening outside! This car is usually associated with people from noble professions like a doctor or a judge!
Skoda – The Poor Man’s Luxury
Skoda is one of the most loved German brands that exist in India. This brand gives you all the luxury feel and features that you can only expect from a premium brand! Skoda is therefore thought to be as a poor man’s luxury. Although the range-topping Skodas are priced way above what a poor man can own, the thought behind this stereotype is that Skoda pays much attention to its affordable range as well. The affordable Skodas deliver much comfort & convenience that no other brand does in the same price segment!
Hindustan Ambassador – Laal Batti Wali Gaadi
Moving on, the next one in our list of Indian cars & their stereotypes. Although our PM has now got a Range Rover for himself still many other ministers are seen using white Ambassadors which once used to rule the streets of New Delhi. I still remember asking my mom if our relative was a minister just because he owned an Ambassador back then! Another common memory that is known to people for the Ambassador is this car as Kolkata’s famous yellow taxi! If you have seen it for real that’s great! But if you haven’t, Bollywood never fails to show you what you haven’t seen in the real-life!
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz – Sarkaari Gaadi Part-2
After the Hindustan Ambassador started disappearing from the roads, the government officials started riding this one! It’s 2020 and you can easily spot many “sarkaari karamchaaris” travelling in a lux-new Ciaz! This sedan is slowly taking over what the Amby used to do in the previous times. No doubt, this is one of the best cars that MSIL produces in India. This one has also got a stereotype pf being a “sarkaari gaadi” now!
Maruti Swift / Hyundai i20 – The Karol Bagh Favourites
Swift and i20 are a common sight when you head to a market where you can get cheap mods. In Delhi, Karol Bagh is the place to be for all those people looking for shiny alloys or loud exhausts! Swift and i20 are often seen getting mods like these. Swift and i20 owners rarely keep it to the stock version. Hence, these cars are also stereotyped to be the ones with the most modifications on the roads. Usually, these mods are the cheap picks you can easily get from a market like Karol Bagh!
Toyota Qualis – CID Wali Gaadi
“Kuch toh gadbad hai Daya” Well, the most loved cops of the country used this one! C.I.D. was known to drive the Toyota Qualis on the streets of Mumbai catching various culprits. Daya had an amazing driving style and the way he used the brakes, made us believe that the Qualis was not less than any other powerful SUV! CID had a huge fan following and so did this car. Qualis was popularly known as the “CID waali gaadi” among all the 90s kids!
Maruti Omni – 90’s Kid’s Nightmare
We called it a nightmare not only because it was the famous kidnappers’ car back then but it was also the one who took us to the school. None of us liked to go to school every morning! But we had no other choice. We didn’t like to go to school but I am sure most of us miss those days now! Maruti Omni was a special part of our school life where we had some serious and some juniors as our “Van Friends”. Even today, of we see any Omni on the road, nostalgia hits us hard! Isn’t it? This one isn’t a stereotype but it a great memory that each one of us never fails to cherish upon seeing this car on the road!
We have got many more cars and things that people commonly think about them! We will be back soon with another edition of Indian cars and their stereotypes! Till then, you know what to do! Share this article with all those who own any of these and let us know if they agree to these thoughts!2