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VOA慢速[科技]印度大使牌汽车停产

2014-10-15    来源:普特英语听力    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
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From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report.
 
The Ambassador automobile is the most famous and longest made Indian car. Hindustan Motors released the first one to the market in 1958. The car soon became known as the King of Indian Roads. But now the long-time car leader will take a back seat. Hindustan Motors says it has suspended production of the Ambassador. Many Ambassador supporters fear it will never return.
 
The box-shaped car was based on a car design by Britain's Morris Oxford. Indians call the car the "Amby". The Amby has a strong steel body. The car makes it through very hilly areas and bad roads with ease.
 
Singh is a taxi driver. He says he would not use any other vehicle in his work. He says everyone likes it, it is a very comfortable car. He has driven only the Ambassador for 50 years. Mr. Singh was very sad when Hindustan Motors announced the end of production for the Ambassador. The company says its decision is the result of low demand and lack of money.
 
The auto market in India did not get seriously competitive until the middle of 1980s. Japanese car maker, Suzuki, joined within an Indian company to produce a small, low cost vehicle. But the Ambassador remained the car of the rich and the powerful.
 
However, in 1991, India further opened its economy to foreign investors. Many international auto companies began to offer buyers newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Other companies offered sport utility vehicles to a rising Indian middle class. The Ambassador maker found it increasingly difficult to find buyers.
 
Diksha Pande is a young professional in New Delhi. She remembers an orange and brown Ambassador her grandfather owned. But she has never thought of buying an Ambassador for herself.
 
"They are a bit retro, so they feel a little outdated, and I don't think they will have the same amount of power and swiftness that you want in a car in today's day and age. I like SUVs because they are big powerful cars. And power is important in a car," said Pande.
 
Hindustan Motors made few changes to the Ambassador design since its beginning. The Indian government continued using the car until ten years ago. Many taxi drivers like the Ambassador because repairs are generally low-cost. It was even rated the best taxi by the British television show Top Gear.
 
But Amby's sales records are not good. Last year, dealers sold only 2,200 of them out of 1.8 million car sales. There are reports about search for new Amby investor. But auto experts say they do not believe India's Ambassador will return.
 
And that's the VOA Learning English Technology Report. For more technology stories, go to our website putclub.com. I'm Jonathan Evans.

本文来源于普特论坛[report整理] SENEWS-2014-07-07


这里是美国之音慢速英语科技报道。

“大使”牌汽车是著名的印度历史最悠久的汽车。印度斯坦汽车公司于1958年在市场上首推首辆汽车。该车迅速成为“印度公路之王”。但是时至今日,其长居汽车界的领军地位将要不保了。印度斯坦汽车公司称其已经停止“大使”牌汽车的生产了。许多“大使”牌汽车的粉丝们担心其将无法重回市场。

其盒状构造是基于英国莫里斯牛津的设计。印度人称其为“Amby”,坚实的钢铁躯壳使其可轻松应对丘陵地带和不佳路况。

Singh是一名出租车司机,他称自己在工作中不开其他牌子的汽车。他还说所有人都喜欢这车,它是一款十分舒适的车。他50多年来只开“大使”牌汽车。Singh先生称当印度斯坦汽车公司宣布停产“大使”牌汽车时他很伤心。公司称该决定是由于该车需求不振和资金短缺。

直到20世纪80年代中期印度汽车市场开始变得竞争激烈。日本铃木汽车公司和印度公司合作生产了一款小型、低成本的汽车,但是“大使”牌汽车仍然是权贵阶层的首选。

然而,1991年,印度政府进一步向国外投资者开放经济。许多国际汽车公司开始向消费者提供更新、更节能的汽车,还有公司为不断崛起的印度中产阶级提供了运动型多用车。“大使”牌汽车制造商发现自己越来越难以找到买家。

Diksha Pande是一名新德里的年轻专业人士。她记得祖父有一辆棕橙色“大使”牌汽车,但是她从未考虑为自己买一辆“大使”牌汽车。

Pande 说;“’大使’牌汽车有点复古,所以感觉有点过时,我认为其不具备如今汽车所需的动力和迅捷,我喜欢越野车,因为越野车动力十足,而动力对于汽车很重要。”

印度斯坦汽车公司至始至终很少调整汽车造型。印度政府直到十年前仍然在使用该车。“大使”牌汽车颇受出租司机喜爱是因为维修费用通常较低。其甚至被英国电视节目“Top Gear”评为最好的出租车。

但是“大使”牌汽车销售记录不好,去年,在180万汽车销量中销售商只销售出2200辆“大使”牌汽车。有报道谈到在为 “大使”牌汽车寻找新的投资者。但是汽车专家称不相信印度的“大使”牌汽车会重返市场。

这就是本期美国之音慢速英语科技报道的全部内容。想要获取更多信息,请到我们的网站putclub.com。我是Jonathan Evans



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