India is a very large country that has lots of cars. Many of them are manufactured in India. This country is the seventh largest automotive maker in the world. Japan, South Korea and Thailand are the only countries in Asia that make more cars than India. In the year of 2010, India had over 40 million cars and 3.7 million of them were made locally. The first car that was driven in India was in the year of 1897. Before the 1930s, all cars were imported into India. In the 1940s, companies such as Mahindra & Mahindra began to make cars inside of India. In the 1980s, Japan began to make cars together to make cars that were used in India and around the world. Cars in India have been known to be low cost and fuel efficient. Brands such as Hyundai Motors, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen and Suzuki are very popular there. Ford, McLaren, Alfa Romeo, Pagani, Cadillac, Chrysler, SSC, Zenovo, Seat, Mini, Smart, Daihatsu, Lexus, Infinity, Acura, Mazda and Ssang Yoon and Peugeot cars are also driven in this country. Other brands of cars are expensive and difficult to enter the country with since there is a 105 percent import tax. India has at least 7 automotive companies and they also have plants where they help to make countless other cars for countries around the world. The Indian made cars are very popular and tend to be seen on almost all roads in India. They are special because the Indian engineering that is used to make the cars is excellent. It is as good as Japanese and German engineering which are both on par to be the best in the world. India is a country which is known to have numerous science and math experts who work as engineers, doctors and chemists. These brilliant minds work together and make great vehicles. The cars on the roads in India are normally made well and reliable. Purchasers of the vehicles pay a tax that is divided and sent to parts of the Indian government.