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Metros in India?; Me No See
Topic Started: Nov 13 2017, 12:58 PM (508 Views)
whitetop
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I recently returned from a great trip to India. We covered a lot of territory and I was always on the lookout for an old Swift or something resembling one of our older Metros. There are tons of Suzukis in India. I would say they are one of the most popular cars over there. There are not a lot of older cars around; if you saw the way they drive you would totally understand. All three of the cars in the upper part of this picture are Suzukis, and the one in the upper middle is an example of probably the oldest kind of car I saw and the most similar to a Metro.

Watching cars in Asian countries could be a full-time job. I was overwhelmed most of the time. Unlike the time I spent in China, very few Indian cars are immediately recognizable, and you certainly don't see Buicks and Cadillacs everywhere amongst the Bentleys and Porsches you see in cities like Shanghai. Gas is around four dollars a gallon, so MPG is very important.

My favorite vehicles were the little Tuk-Tuks, which are the autorickshaws you see everywhere.

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clen
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I know the Suzuki Cultus was big in Pakistan, but I don't know if it was big in India.

Here is a nice article about it

https://www.pakwheels.com/blog/suzuki-cultus-was-known-by-as-many-as-14-names-around-the-world/
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whitetop
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That was a good article. I noticed the picture of the convertible included the rear fog lamps I recently installed and the fender-mounted turn signals I installed before the MMM in August. They were Euro-spec items I purchased new from Latvia and used from a German salvage yard.
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whitetop
Nov 13 2017, 12:58 PM
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All three of the cars in the upper part of this picture are Suzukis, and the one in the upper middle is an example of probably the oldest kind of car I saw and the most similar to a Metro.
Not quite, the car on the right is a Hyundai Atoz. The centre one is a Maruti Suzki 800 which was based on what was called the Suzuki Alto elsewhere. That generation was discontinued in Europe in 1988.
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clearly, as the metro was a north american brand resulting from a collaborative effort between suzuki and general motors you won't see them in india. india's collaboration with suzuki resulted in the maruti brand and they are much more in line with suzuki's progressive model production as well as their smaller displacement engines.

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whitetop
Nov 13 2017, 12:58 PM
Metros in India?; Me No See

And that's probably my fault. *points finger at self accusingly* :'(

Back when I was little, okay, 25, my mother would often tell me, "PTA2PTB", eat your vegetables; there's Metros in India.". Needless to say, my appetite and eating habits foucused more on the proteins, fats, and starches on my plate, than the healthier tiers of the food pyramid, with a, now virtully Metroless India, the result.

I never really understood how my consumption, or not, of certain members of the food group pyramid, could have such a profound effect on things half-way across the world. Pretty weird, huh?
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