Tata Motors: 10 things you didn't know about the Auto giant

May 14, By Bindiya Bhatt

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Made locomotives

74-year-old Tata Motors started out as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (TELCO) in 1945.

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Mercedes logo

First trucks of Tata Motors bore the Mercedes logo as the company had a technical collaboration with Daimler Benz.

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A feat to remember

In 1955, three of Tata Motors trucks took part in the Geneva-Bombay rally, travelling 8,000 miles without a breakdown. JRD Tata can be seen greeting the drivers in the pic.

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First exports

Tata Motors has been exporting trucks for more than 50 years. Its first exports were trucks to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1961.

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'T' for Tata

In 1969, the Mercedes three-pointed star gave way to the 'T' for Tata.

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407

Launched in 1986, the Tata 407 shattered Indo-Jap competition including Eicher-Mitsubishi, DCM Toyota, Swaraj Mazda and Allwyn-Nissan.

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First MUV

Tata Sumo, Tata Motors’ first multi-utility vehicle, was named after Sumant Moolgaokar, a former MD of Tata Motors.

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Tata Motor-Army relationship

Tata Motors supplies fully armoured combat vehicles to the Indian Army. That relationship goes back decades. Take a look at the picture.

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India's 1st fully-indigenous car

What was Made-in-India with fully Indian technology? The Indica, India's first fully-indigenous car!

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Truck Racing Championship

Tata Motors also has a one-make racing series called the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, with the 2017 edition hosting the sport's First Woman Driver.

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TATA SUMO

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