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Not con­tent with hoover­ing up Opel and Vaux­hall, Groupe PSA re­cently an­nounced its pur­chase of the his­toric Am­bas­sador brand from Hindustan for ap­prox­i­mately £9.5m. Groupe PSA has no plans to rein­tro­duce the old Am­bas­sador, pro­duced be­tween 1958 and 2014 as a lo­cally mod­i­fied Series III Mor­ris Ox­ford which be­came an In­dian na­tional icon.

Groupe PSA bought the in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights to the Am­bas­sador name with the in­ten­tion of pro­duc­ing a new range of Am­bas­sador branded cars with Hindustan’s par­ent firm, CK Birla Group, by 2020. As­sem­bly of ve­hi­cles and com­po­nents will take place in the Tamil Nadu area.

At its peak, the Ut­tarpara line West Ben­gal (which pro­duced the last Am­bas­sador) em­ployed 2000 lo­cal peo­ple. Hindustan Mo­tors (HM) has been strug­gling with its fi­nances for years; lo­cal trade unions, keen to pro­tect the pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions of Ut­tarpara line work­ers, re­cently claimed that, de­spite the sale of the Am­bas­sador name­plate, its mem­bers had still not re­ceived com­pen­sa­tion.

In the 1990s, 1.8-litre Isuzu-en­gined Am­bas­sador sa­loons were im­ported back to the UK by Full­bore Mo­tors in Lon­don direct from Hindustan. Sold as Am­bas­sadors (or plusher ‘Full­bore’ vari­ants) a hand­ful found homes in Blighty.

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