The Hindustan Ambassador was an automobile manufactured by Hindustan Motors of India.
It was in production from 1958 to 2014 with few improvements or changes and is based on the Morris Oxford series III model, first made by Morris Motors Limited at Cowley, Oxford in the United Kingdom from 1956 to 1959.
Modelled after the British Morris Oxford, the Ambassador was the first car to be made in India and was once a status symbol, but began losing its dominance in the mid-1980s when Maruti Suzuki introduced its low-priced 800 hatchback.
The Ambassador has remained the choice of a dwindling share of bureaucrats and politicians, usually in white with a red beacon on top and a chauffeur at the wheel. It is also still in use as a taxi in some Indian cities.
Despite its British origins, the Ambassador is considered as a definitive Indian car and is fondly called “The king of Indian roads”. The automobile was manufactured by Hindustan Motors at its Uttarpara plant near Kolkata, West Bengal.
As of 25 May 2014, the Hindustan Motors suspended the production of the Ambassador.