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  1. Current Downturn in the Auto Sector

    I think auto industry have themselves to blame for this downturn. Just look at the price increase in last decade, a so called hatchback now cost a million bucks. When time was favorable auto industry used to keep increasing prices in the name of raw material cost, exchange rate and what not. Though tax is high but that's not the sole reason for this mess. Also, we should keep in mind that owning and running a car has become a nightmare now, specially in big cities. When one can get Uber or Ola at competitive rates, who is going to bother taking out their own car. Moreover, priorities for current generation have changed, they are more inclined to spend on their other needs or hobbies (like food, travelling etc) than to put their money into buying a house or car.
  2. New Hyundai i10 spied; EDIT: Grand i10 Launched

    Nice looking car. They will be selling current Grand i10 Petrol also along with this, not sure what's the rationale for this. Pricing for petrol variants are sort of Ok considering it's BS6 compliant but diesel engine is still BS4. Don't know why Hyundai always manages to confuse customers with their weird features distribution across variants.
  3. I think MG has made a great start in India covering all aspects - product pricing, features, long term warranty, service plans, assured buyback program etc. Real world picture will be known I guess only after an year or so - reliability, A.S.S etc Since Selto's pricing is not yet known so it's difficult to pick one for now. But being subsidiary of Hyundai, I think it will have better overall quality. From looks perspective I like Seltos more. Hector is a bit narrow and long, giving it a more MPV kind of stance (that's just my view as I saw one near Safdurjung Enclave, New Delhi)
  4. BS6 Complaint Vehicle available in India as of now

    It's good to see manufacturers starting to roll out BS6 compliant vehicles. However, they will still get registered as BS4 in RTO's until 1-Apr-2020. Also availability of BS6 fuel is an issue out side Delhi-NCR, so owners should watch out for this.
  5. Toyota-badged Baleno named Glanza

    I am quite surprised by Glanza's pricing, specially the MT variants. They have undercut equivalent Baleno variant's pricing also. Price wise: Glanza G MT (7.22 lacs) = Baleno Delta Dualjet (7.25 lacs) But Equipment Wise: Glanza G MT = Baleno Zeta Dualjet (7.87 lacs) So in effect if you buy Glanza G MT, you are getting Baleno Zeta variant at the price of Delta variant.
  6. This is ultra compact SUV, don't know how much more compact will these SUVs get in future. Anyway, this is par for course and being Hyundai it's loaded with features as usual. Should sell in good numbers. PS: I am getting bored of this compact phenomenon !!
  7. Breaking News !

    Can't edit my earlier post hence adding. I will take this news with a pinch of salt. I think Maruti will stop offering diesel in small cars (Ignis, Swift, Baleno etc) but same will be offered in their bigger cars like Ciaz, Ertiga, Brezza and S-Cross. Stopping diesel offering by Maruti means a complete stop to Brezza and S-Cross sales, which I very much doubt they can do or afford to do.
  8. Breaking News !

    This is quite shocking considering they just launched the 1.5 L diesel in Ciaz. It was thought that this in house 1.5 L diesel engine will be made BS6 compliant by Maruti. Wonder what made them take this decision to back track.
  9. Honda Civic. Why was it discontinued?

    I think Honda got the engine and gearbox combinations wrong for Civic. Enthusiasts would have preferred petrol to be available with manual (instead of CVT) and general public would have loved diesel AT (instead of manual). But again, everything will depend on the price and this segment is anyway seeing a downward trend.
  10. Mahindra XUV300 NEW spy pics

    A pretty clean design, except for that curve on C pillar which I think could have been avoided. This should sell well if Mahindra is able to price it competitively.
  11. New Hyundai Santro spied testing

    To be very frank, I don't like the design of new Santro. That front and kink in window line gives it more of a Chevrolet Spark look. I had a 2003 Santro Xing and till date that design doesn't look outdated. But as always, Hyundai will load it with features and it shall see strong sales. I think they will pull the plug on Eon.
  12. Well it would have been wonderful if Toyota would have brought Rush or RAV4 or similar compact SUVs to India. But I don't think they have any plan of doing so. Recently they made an agreement with Suzuki for cross badging their cars. in India. Breezza and Baleno will come to Toyota while Corolla goes to Suzuki. This will fill the void that Toyota currently has in India of a premium compact hatchback and SUV.
  13. Nice to see you back Neeraj with the update. I fully agree with you that Fiesta/Classic was a great car from Ford. Don't know why Ford or even other manufacturers have exited the C1 sedan segment. Now you only have compact sedans (which I personally don't like) or you have C2 segment sedans which doesn't offer anything great over C1 sedans for the premium they command. I guess it's an era of people giving more importance to bling rather than simplicity and practicality.
  14. Current Vehicle Recalls

    Season of recalls continue, now Mercedes recalls CLA 200 petrol for Steering Column issue. More details in below link: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian-car-scene/199906-recalled-mercedes-cla-200-petrol-steering-column-issue-could-trigger-airbag.html
  15. Current Vehicle Recalls

    Got my Innova Crysta attended for the engine wiring harness campaign. Took around 2 hrs for the job, majority of time is spent in removing windshield cowl as in case of Innova some part of engine gets covered under it. For Fortuners it is much easy for them as full engine is accessible. Attaching an image which shows the part in red where they will open, check and do the taping. As per technician it's a precautionary step as wires passing through that channel can rub against each other and deteriorate over time. Also got my 20k service done along with it.