The rickety and ubiquitous goods-carrying vehicle of my childhood in Calcutta of the 60s and the 70s is known in India as the Tempo. Although the name ‘Tempo’ instantly conjures up this shaky and dusty three-wheeler in the minds of older Indians, it was actually a trademarked term used to refer to the German automobile company Vidal & Sohn Tempo-Werke. Famous for producing Matador and Hanseat, Tempo joined hands with the Indian company Bajaj Tempo Motors that later became Force Motors to produce these vans.
Sketch of yet another three-wheeled light commercial vehicle offered in numerous body configurations to serve a wide range of utilitarian functions. Such vehicles are produced in India by Piaggio and Bajaj Auto.Read More