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  1. The Maruti Vitara Breeza Discussion Thread

    I can see the family resemblance - the new Vitara that the UK are about to get.
  2. TATA unveils Bolt hatchback & Zest compact sedan

    I like the new designs, though the sedan reminds me of the old Mazda 121.
  3. I think the Scala looks awful as does the Nissan counterpart. The Renault Fluence in Europe is marketed as an electric vehicle and I do agree with the comments already said - the car is no way a sports "luxury" sedan. It does however flow better to my eyes than the Scala.
  4. The Cross Polo is the same size as a standard VW Polo and currently has a length of 3970mm compared to the Ertiga that is a touch longer at 4265mm with a slightly bigger wheelbase. Judged by the fact on size alone, the Ertiga could be less fuel efficient - so if citing what you term Indians want fuel efficiency, the Polo could win. If Maruti/Suzuki had a cross over based on the Swift, the Cross Polo would be its direct rival. The Polo is never going to be a rival to the Ertiga unless VW intends to import an estate version and then jack it up.
  5. Im Nar, from the UK but half Indian.
  6. SCOOP: Skoda to discontinue Fabia in India. Good move?

    Skoda's Fabia is a best seller in the UK; the buyers prefer it over the far more expensive VW Polo.
  7. Well for starters the VW is a lot smaller in size to the Duster will ever be - so it will be easier to park, easier to drive and far more compact for the city.
  8. Hatchbacks in India - and abroad

    Hello Having just visited and stayed with family in Kolkata and back to my homeland, UK, I was amazed at the change of cars there. Having only been back to India in 18 years a lot has certainly changed in terms of brands. From what my family had originally (a 23 year old rusting FIat 1300 to Suzuk/Maruti vans. Amby saloons) and now a Hyundai i20, the Hyundai is similar to the Maruti 800/Omni in the barest sense that it offers practicality with a hatch instead of a boot. In terms of what I observed as a child, it seems to me that India has always been obsessed with the sedan shape and reserves its ideas citing the sedan shape to be classier than a hatchback, a view that was also once held by the Chinese. In the UK booted sedans or saloons are not popular. They have never been popular because traditionally the rear seats were fixed and did not fold down. We Brits like our practicality and tend to overload the boot with shopping and children's push chairs. A sedan is simply not designed to be filled to such a capacity, even if it does have folding rear seats. Sedans are also long and more difficult to park - and because the UK gets so much rain, most hatchbacks are fitted with rear wash wipers, which in parts of India is an absolute essential. The only successful sedans or saloons have been from premium brands such as Volvo's S40, BMW 3 series, VW Jetta/Vento and at a push any product from GM within the Focus class - Ford's own Focus saloon in the UK hasn't seen much sales success though and infact Ford did not go on to offering a replacement. There is nothing stopping the existing brands in India to offer high end premium features in cars that are already selling. In the UK we have the rather excellent Suzuki Swift Sport 1.6 litre. It is a fast little rocket, built well and comes with all the kind of electrics I would be happy with. However, Kolkata in particular requires a car that has higher ground clearance, and not necessarily a high riding SUV. Skoda in the UK already offer the Octavia with 4x4 high suspension and I believe that with premium features fitted, an Octavia or Suzuki's current line up could sway Indian buyers minds including higher option fitted engines past 1.3 litres. At the same time though with petrol stations and fuel costs rising, one has to bear in mind that although as mentioned the Volvo V40, BMW 1 series etc lift the senses for better driving characteristics, it can come at a cost due to the high fuel in these cars. It isn't an answer to welcome in newer more premium brands, but rather take a look at the local brands already established in India and push for more premium features and engine options.