In 1942, the Indian company Hindustan was founded. In the same year, the company began producing Morris cars under its own brand for the Indian and Pakistani automotive markets. However, already in 1948, an agreement was signed with the Japanese company Mitsubishi, which provided the technological base for the creation of a number of cars under the Hindustan brand.
By 1960, the American automobile giant General Motors became a new partner of the company, thanks to which the production of Opel and Vauxhall cars began at the Hindustan factories. In the same year, the brand's engineers presented the first models of buses and light vans for the country's domestic market.
In 1966, the Hindustan branch for the production of agricultural machinery and tractors was opened, and in 1968 the construction of a plant for the production of diesel engines and military equipment began.
By 1990, the company's market share had dropped to 2% due to the massive start of sales of more modern cars from South Korean and Japanese brands. However, thanks to the purchase of part of the shares of Hindustan by the Japanese company Mitsubishi, the company is gradually coming out of the crisis due to the start of production of Mitsubishi models.
In 2002, the company enters into an agreement for the production of Ford cars, which invests a substantial amount in the further development of the production facilities of Hindustan, and a strategic alliance with the Tata brand, which also transfers part of the production of its cars to factories "Hindustan".
In 2007, Mitsubishi bought out a controlling stake in Hindustan Motors, starting the production of all current models at the factories of the Indian company. In 2008, a 2% stake in Hindustan is bought by the Canadian Magna, which begins production at the firm's factories of car blocks for brands such as Chrysler and Fiat.