Few people know, but today the automobile industry in India produces quite suitable passenger cars. It is all the more surprising that the trucks produced by the country's enterprises are a kind of “time machine”, hello straight from the middle of the last century, genuine “dinosaurs”. However, the interesting does not end there. Another distinctive feature of the Indian truck market is the extremely strange love for cars without a cab. Let's find out why this is so.
Back in 1948, the Indian freedom fighter from the Punjab Raghunandan Saran, on the instructions of the first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, founded a car company in the country. Today this enterprise is called Ashok Leyland Corporate. Initially, the plant made cars, and these were British Austin (what an irony), but already in 1953, the production of trucks was launched. Actually, today's Ashok Leyland is an Indian-British joint venture.
The most popular truck model in the country is the Comet. This is not just India's main truck, but a real national treasure! The machine is as simple as fire, one might even say primitive, but this is its main advantage. Indeed, along with its simplicity, Comet is renowned for its reliability. Moreover, the modern truck is a direct descendant of the first Ashok Leyland from the middle of the 20th century.
There is no need to be prejudiced against Indian trucks. In their niche and for their conditions, they are workhorses that can work wonders. The Comet is characterized by its excellent leaf spring suspension, reliable drum brakes and no cab. Indeed, in India most of the trucks of our own production are sold as bare chassis. Why is that? The answer to this question is extremely simple - savings.
Moreover, traditionally a truck in India is more than just a car. It is also an object of folk art, and therefore most drivers fence in a homemade cab. Wooden doors, a berth, a roof oil seal and, most importantly, an elegant painting of varying degrees of variegation. Adding the listed elements with your own hands for the "correct Indian bomb" is both a good tradition and a ritual of initiation before the maiden voyage.
However, times are changing, and the newest Indian truck Ashok Leyland Newgen, although built on the chassis of the good old Comet, already has its own cab.
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