A few days ago media reports of ambassador making a coming back surfaced over the internet and garnered a lot of attention. But a recent report breaks the news that Hindustan motors has instead registered and trademarked the name Contessa which was one of the other famous car from from the Indian manufacturer. The news broke out in a media report from motor beam according to the report the contessa name being trademarked would definitely bring more attention towards the new initiative.
A few weeks ago hindustan motors which has been working with Mitsubishi revealed their plans for the brands revival In an interview with TOI, the Director of Hindustan Motors, Uttam Bose said “Mechanical and design work for a new engine has reached an advanced stage”. It suggests that the new Ambassador will be powered by a petrol or a diesel engine initially.
He also added that a new look Ambassador is on its way. However, he did not talk anything about the Contessa. Now, the trademark filed by Hindustan Motors can be an indication that the brand is planning more than one product in the future.
Contessa was a different car than the ambassador , while the ambassador was more of a sloon family car the Contessa had muscle car prowess as well as a angular design that made it appear similar to 1965 mustangs. The car has a a character about it while the ambassador was just plain function the Contessa was a piece of performance even in those years.
Contessa got off the production line much before the Ambassador in the Indian market. However, the car had a decent run between 1984 when it was introduced and 2002. Given the muscular design characteristics of the car, it was even considered an Indian “muscle car” by many e It only came with a 1.5-litre BMC B-Series engine that could generate a maximum of 50 PS. Later a 54 PS version also arrived. Both of the engine options came powered by a four-speed transmission.
The Contessa was based on the Vauxhall Victor FE Series which was sold overseas and brought under the moniker of Hindustan motors contessa in Inida.