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  1. Spy Pics: Tata Indigo Vista

    Tushky does it again. great work dude! now here's something i've always wanted to know- if u take a pic of a car on a public road, no one has a right to confiscate your camera, do they?
  2. Spy Pics: Tata Indigo Vista

    Tushky does it again. Fantastic work dude! now here's something i always wanted to know- if you take a pic of a car on a public road, no one has the right to confiscate your camera, do they?
  3. most comfortable bike

    Honda Unicorn!!!
  4. Why Not Name the 1 lac car as Tata Mamta

    well, my mother suggested that it could have been named Tata 'Ratan'. it would serve the dual purpose of being named after the person who first conceived it and "Ratan" also meaning a Jewel Indians could proud of.
  5. Skoda Fabia...is very pricey..ya!

    to be really honest, i was expecting this topic to come up at some point of time. and what i feared would be the Fabia's problem in India also came true- that of the engine being the weak point of the package, in terms of its specs on paper.you see, a 68bhp 1.4 diesel and a 1.2ltr petrol (expected in future) just doesnt make the cut for a 7 lakh car in India. that's because we Indians have very set ideas about what a car at a certain price is to be like. for eg, a car about 5lakh should have a boot, or a car costing 10lakh should be more spacious than a car costing 5lakh etc etc...slowly we are seeing a shift in this trend, and hopefully we will see more intelligent buyers soon. so am i justifying Skoda's choice of engines for India? definitely not!!! they should have got in a more powerful diesel engine just because the competition offers it (Swift and Getz). i mean, why cant they offer two diesel options-say one 68bhp and another 100bhp. similarly, why cant we have a 120bhp scorcher petrol - that would truly make a hot hatch given that the Fabia is dynamically very good. another thing, about Skoda's reliability. now i dont personally own one nor know someone who does. but i remember reading in Hormadz's column in Autocar a few months back when he sat in a Skoda Octavia taxi with 6lakh kilometres on the odo.................
  6. the perfect car for India!

    lets leave out the Indica also (since you can have the Indigo with a boot for not much more) and the Marina (station wagon concept hasnt caught up in India). the Ford Fusion is also left out as it doesnt seem to provide VFM. and lets add the new Skoda Fabia Diesel to the list. 1.Chevrolet Aveo U-VA 2.Optra Magnum Diesel 3.Ford Fiesta Diesel 4.Honda City 5.Hyundai Getz Diesel 6.Hyundai Verna Diesel 7.Mahindra-Renault Logan Diesel 8.Mahindra Scorpio 9.Maruti Swift Petrol/Diesel 10.Skoda Fabia Diesel 11.Tata Indigo Diesel
  7. the perfect car for India!

    ok, lets leave out the Octavia and Laura on the grounds of being too expensive to buy.and the Versa too on account of having 'zero' image. i left out the SX4 from the list because of its not-so-fuel-efficient 1.6ltr petrol motor; and also the Innova as it is too big to drive and park in the city. so the list now reads as follows: 1.Chevrolet Aveo U-VA 2.Optra Magnum Diesel 3.Ford Fiesta Diesel 4.Ford Fusion Diesel 5.Honda City 6.Hyundai Getz Diesel 7.Hyundai Verna Diesel 8.Mahindra-Renault Logan Diesel 9.Mahindra Scorpio 10.Maruti Swift Petrol/Diesel 11.Tata Indica Diesel 12.Tata Indigo/Marina Diesel also, my aim is to finally chose just ONE car and not the best option in each segment.
  8. Logan Inventories Piling- Production Cut

    i think Mahindra-Renault targeted the wrong lot of buyers in India with the Logan. trying to make a low-cost car in other countries work as a premium C-segment car in India was always going to be difficult. i think they forgot that we Indians now expect the latest in car technology (a fact to which Maruti has thankfully woken up). plus they ended up pricing it a bit too high. methinks they should have aimed it squarely at the taxi market.
  9. the perfect car for India!

    just opened the Autocar India buyers guide the other day and realised that there are a decent number of options for a new car buyer. so i started wondering which would be the perfect car for the Indian 'janata'. i started eliminating the cars one by one, based on various factors: 1.cost below Rs.10 lakh, coz that's what maximum most Indians can afford. 2.fuel economy, VERY VERY important,which means diesel engines preferred. 3.decent space for 5 people, so i am leaving out the joint families. 4.good ride quality and strong build, to withstand our roads. 5.company image, which means for eg. Maruti and Honda are more loved in India than Ford and Fiat. 6.Our crowded city roads and lack of parking space. etc etc etc. thus, i ended up with a list, a surprisingly long one at that, which is as follows: 1.Chevrolet Aveo U-VA 2.Optra Magnum Diesel 3.Ford Fiesta Diesel 4.Ford Fusion Diesel 5.Honda City 6.Hyundai Getz Diesel 7.Hyundai Verna Diesel 8.Mahindra-Renault Logan Diesel 9.Mahindra Scorpio 10.Maruti Swift Petrol/Diesel 11.Maruti Versa (surprised, think about it....) 12.Skoda Octavia/Combi diesel 13.Skoda Laura (i know it costs more than 10 lakh, but it fits the requirements pretty well otherwise) 14.Tata Indica Diesel 15.Tata Indigo/Marina Diesel lets dicuss this topic and try and pick just one car on which everyone agrees (easier said than done ,eh.....)
  10. Favorite car racing video game !!

    its NFS Porche Unleashed for me.
  11. TVS sues Bajaj!!!!!!!!!

    i don't think that TVS will be able to price the Flame lower than the XCD.
  12. need your help in choosing bike

    i get 48-50kmpl on my Unicorn in the city.
  13. Pics of HERO HONDA "HUNK"

    Hero Honda is at it again. lauching 3-4 different bikes with the same engine. not that the Hunk looks half bad, but man.....where are the 200cc+ bikes!
  14. Best ever Indian bike?

    i'd say Hero Honda Splendor.......amd i aint joking!
  15. need your help in choosing bike

    i too am over 6 feet tall and have bought a Unicorn coz its the only bike in the Indian market on which i fit comfortably. i suggest you go and take a test drive of the Unicorn and see for yourself.