Car Horns for the Demanding Standards of Mumbai Drivers

If you're going to drive in Mumbai, you'll have to be tough. And you'll have to drive a car that will endure the challenges of that city's roads and traffic. Mumbai drivers, apparently, honk their horns a lot. Enough that standard car horns on European cars aren't up the job.

That's why German carmaker Audi has drastically raised its standards for car horns built for export to India. Audi representative Michael Perschke explained:

“You take a European horn and it will be gone in a week or two. With the amount of honking in Mumbai, we do on a daily basis what an average German does annually.”

Perschke said the horns are specially adapted for driving conditions in India, a booming market where Audi is one of many foreign car brands competing for increasingly wealthy customers.

“The horn is tested differently – with two continuous weeks of only honking, the setting of the horn is different, with different suppliers,” he said.


Can anyone who has been to Mumbai confirm what this article says about the use of car horns in that city?

Link -via Marginal Revolution | Photo: Flickr user rickbradley

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I lived there for 3 years and yes I agree - driving there requires all your senses, but primarily hearing (I've seen one-eyed motorcyclists!). Honking is a type of sonar in Mumbai, where you announce your presence and location with it.
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I've been to Bangladesh and its the same thing. When kids play with toy cars, instead of "Vroom Vroom" they say "Beep Beep." My mom and I couldn't stop laughing.
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