At first glance, it was a stylish Mercedes A-Class, and no one had any reason to doubt that the new red car racing through the roads of Northern Kerala was anything else.
But it turns out to be a Maruti Baleno, a wannabe Mercedes, which was heavily modified to look like the luxury car.
The Regional Transport Officer (RTO) of Tirur in Malappuram District has confiscated the car in question which was illegally modified.
According to authorities the original owner of the car had modified it, replaced the bumper, with a Mercedes Diamond grille, alloy wheels, head and tail lamps and sporty air vents and logo to the point that even Mercedes dealers found it difficult to identify it as an imposture.
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