Thanks for the correct update Shergill on the Indian autoscene, particularly, the first Indian Modern Car Indica, as has been claimed by TATA motors itself.
My information came from another curious Indian Member, that had enlightened us that its engine was based on ambassor's engine. But you have a valid point, the two engines are inherently different, one being petrol and other being diesel.
I only wish that we Pakistanis also show same amount of fervent and passionate Zeal and support of our first ever Pakistani Designed car REVO, that each and every INDIAN is showing towards their AUTO INDUSTRY and first Modern looking, Indian Designed, Indica.
That may be one of the most important factor, among other reasons, why India is getting ahead of us in Auto production, the SUPPORT (both financial by buying Indica or Verbal, like each and every Indian seem to be doing), I have not come across any Indian, and I have met hundreds, both in real life and over the internet, that has criticized ANYTHING made in India, let alone their first locally designed, made Car, which should be an achievement for any nation, and reason to celebrate and be proud and happy about. Indians are doing a good thing, by supporting their own Cars like Indica and are Feeling PROUD about it, and first PROUDLY TELLING and later PROUDLY SELLING this car, to the whole world.
Look at us Pakistanis, we don't have any shortage of People that do not get tired of constantly mud-slinging and shouting at Pakistan and its products, while living inside Pakistan.
This sort of Cursing your own Motherland and all its efforts to make any progress, like making its first, motorbike, its first plane or a car, that never happens, anywhere in the world, but Pakistan.[/highlight]
I had heard another Pakistani car FOUR STAR was in the making, by another group. It was shown on GEO TV news report and the car looked similar in dimensions to Suzuki Mehran or Adam Revo. Still trying to search on it. My best search tool is YAHOO.
There are many automakers lined up, waiting for the signal from Pakistan Government to enter in Pakistan for Production. The main obstacle right now are the Local Monopoly of Toyota/Honda/Suzuki, and are forcing government of Pakistan NOT to let any automaker in the country and are threatening to Roll Back on their proposed 20 or 30 Billion Rupees Investment, in the pipeline to boost Automobile production by this group of Three.
I would say, the government should adopt an intelligent policy, while not irritating these three companies, while letting in more investor with some intelligent compromise.
Look at Motorbike industry. 4 or 5 years ago, there were only 3 Japanese Assemblers, now there are 46 Motorbike Assemblers/Manufacturers, (mainly collaboration of local companies with Chinese groupd) that are using upto 95% local parts. And the best part is, the price of Motorbike has fallen in past 4 or 5 years from Rs. 90,000+ to now 30,000+ for brand new motorbikes.
Hopefully, samething with Local and Chinese collaboration, can result in lowering of Prices of cars, while not hurting the local manufacturing base, utilizing maximum amount of local parts and labor.