The most popular and affordable car in India was the Maruti 800 (before the Nano). This passenger-vehicle sale in India crossed the one million mark in 2005. This segment grows at 10-15% annually.
Every fifth car sold in India is an Alto: To meet the increasing demand of Indian car buyers, Maruti came out with a new model called Alto, which has more power than the Maruti 800. Currently out of every five cars sold in India, Alto is the fifth.
Car finance: Around 85% of the cars sold in India are financed when compared to the global average of 70%. In the neighboring country of China, only 15-20% vehicles are financed.
First company to attempt an affordable 500cc car: Kinetic is the first Indian company to attempt an affordable "People's car" that provides comfortable transport to the India's middle class. The car, titled CityCar with a 500cc engine was developed in collaboration with a French company called AXIOM. Together they built a prototype and showcased it at the Delhi Auto Expo where it received a very good response. Unfortunately the Central Government did not grant decision on reduction in excise duty (Kinetic had sought duty lowering from 40% to 16%) which made the car cost prohibitive. In India for every 333 people there is one car, while in the US every second person owns a car.
Sergio Goldvarg (Argentina) has a collection of over 7,000 cars which he has collected since 1962, all of which are on display in the Waffleworks restaurant, Hollywood, Florida, USA.
Maximum car in India by 2050: Goldman Sachs has predicted that India will have the maximum number of cars on the planet by 2050 overtaking the United States.
The first Indian-built private car was manufactured in 1946, by Hindustan Motors. The car - which was the forerunner of today's Ambassador - was identical to the 10 HP Morris Series M.
First Person to own a car in India: In 1897 Mr. Foster of M/s Crompton Greaves Company of Mumbai was the first to own a car in India.
First Indian to own a car in India: Jamshedji Tata in 1901.
First Woman to drive a car in India: Mrs. Suzanne RD Tata in 1905.
Second most expensive object: The car is the second most expensive object that a person can ever buy (after a house) and it offers a person the freedom and mobility that probably nothing else can.
The first cars did not have steering wheels. Drivers steered with a lever.
The first self-propelled car was built in 1769, when Nicolas Cugnot, a French military engineer designed a steam powered road-vehicle.