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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:
  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.
  16. Current Vehicle Recalls

    Thanks. I have already fixed an appointment for my Crysta diesel this week to get the engine wiring harness inspected. As per my talk with SA it will take couple of hours to inspect and in most cases they will just be taping the harness wherever necessary (replacement will be in very few cases). I will update the action taken on my car here later. Actually they have 2 recalls, engine wiring harness inspection and taping for diesel Innova/Fortuners and fuel hose routing inspection for petrol Innova/Fortuners. Obviously number of petrol Innova/Fortuners will be far less than diesel ones, so impact of engine wirning harness is more. Interestingly, recall for wiring harness was declared on 7-May as per Toyota website and they were fixing it silently for Innovas which were coming for regular service. Recall for fuel hose routing was announced on 3-Jul.
  17. Hyundai i20 Asta (o) vs Honda Amaze VX [Petrol]

    Amaze is a much better car now after the facelift (looks are anyways subjective). My BIL also just bought an Amaze (S - CVT) variant in Gurugram for around 8.4 to 8.5 lacs OTR. Just to confuse you more, if your sister is looking for a petrol manual then Baleno is also an excellent choice (barring a bit flimsy outer body). Maruti's 1.2 K series engine is a gem.
  18. Hyundai i20 Asta (o) vs Honda Amaze VX [Petrol]

    I presume you are comparing petrol variants for both i20 and Amaze. I think both cars have their own pros and cons. Hyundai's 1.2 petrol has good low end torque but pretty average mid and top end. Honda's 1.2 iVtec has poor low end but pretty good top end. Since the car will be driven by your sister (presumably in city), I would rather suggest to look at CVT option and here Honda's CVT i think is better than Hyundai's (both in smoothness and mileage). Difference between i20 Magna AT and Amaze S AT is around 30-40k.
  19. Pics of Modified cars in INDIA

    The screen looks very Volvoish
  20. The Gadgets and Gizmos thread!

    It seems Xaomi is taking opportunity to increase profits. That's why they have raised prices for 4GB variant (more popular one) and not for the 6GB variant which still sells at 17k. Related news: BTW, you can also look at just launched Huawei P20 lite, available at Amazon for 20k (early access for Prime members).
  21. The Gadgets and Gizmos thread!

    I think Mi Note 5 Pro is currently the best option under 20k. It's 4GB RAM version is for 14k and 6GB is for 17k. Only issue is it's availability. It's available through pre-order only from on 4-May, so you can try then. If it's unavailable then next option for you can be: - Mi Note 5 (normal one) 4GB RAM for 12k, available on flipkart - Honor 7x 4GB RAM for 16k, available on Amazon
  22. @dr_nishu, out of the 2 options, Amaze diesel CVT should be the default choice. However, since pricing of Amaze is still not out so it remains to be seen if Honda offers diesel CVT in a lower variant or only on top one. If they offer it only in the top end trim then it shall easily cross 10 lacs mark. Also, AMT experience is not be best (specially in diesel due to high torque) and can't match the smoothness of a conventional AT like CVT.
  23. Ha ha...and that might well be the truth It seems that US is already taking a back step w.r.t. stringent emission norms.
  24. Well, this has been the hallmark of our government and various other bodies. They keep changing policies and stands as they wish. So there is no surprise when automakers crib about such frequent changes in policies. Though, one thing is sure that eventually EVs are the future. Hence most the manufacturers are now either scrapping or minimizing their diesel lineup. Till EVs take over, let's just enjoy the ICE cars we have today !!
  25. Elite i20 2018 or TATA Nexon XZ+

    @rakeshsinha, first thing to remember is that Nexon and i20 are from different class, one is a compact SUV while other is a compact hatchback. Choosing a car entirely depends upon a user's requirements. However, compact SUVs are latest rage in India (and across world as well). If you want a compact SUV then possible competitors to Nexon are Maruti Brezza, Ford EcoSport. If safety is your top priority then nothing beats EcoSport (top model) which comes with 6 airbags. People have this notion that Tata's after sales is bad and they might be right to a certain extent as well. However, they have improved vastly in product quality as well as after sales over the years and to me this point should not be a deal breaker. So my advise is stick to Nexon or if budget permits check out EcoSport as well.