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  1. TATA unveils Bolt hatchback & Zest compact sedan

    Are those the standard seats? Or is that a dealer option?
  2. Spy pics and video: Maruti Celerio diesel

    Yes, how do we know that is the diesel version?
  3. Mindblowing: Mahindra Concept SUV 'KOMODO' design study

    I'm sorry, that's a nice design and all, but there's no reason for it to be a Mahindra. There's no link to the brand's current or past design language, and it could just be any old SUV. I re-iterate, it looks great, and I applaud a designer of Indian origin for coming up with a truly world-class design, but calling it a Mahindra just seems like a mutual pat on the back between the designer and Mahindra. You might as well slap a Tata badge on it, and everyone would have the same reaction. Let's be honest.
  4. Wow, it looks even less interesting than I thought it would. And that's not saying much.
  5. Congratulations, man! As someone keen to get (in line for) an EcoSport very soon and having never owned a Ford before, I'm curious to know what the experience has been like for you. As you are on your third Ford now, I'm sure you've had a good experience with the company. I've had Hondas for the past ten years, and they have been great with showroom, sales, after-sales and service. I went to a Ford dealership in Mumbai, and it was a disaster. The staff didn't seem to want to even try and sell me a car, they didn't know their product inside out, and worst of all, they were flippant about the waiting period - laughing at the fact that I can't book one until next year, and making jokes about the recall of the diesel model. "Haha, yeah we messed up big time," is along the lines of what the guy said. Now, I know the car is good, so I don't need them to sell it to me. As a result, the first impression of that showroom doesn't bother me too much. I just want to know that the same carelessness doesn't carry on in the workshop and service centre. I just want a little peace of mind. When I give my (eventual) Ford Ecosport in for its services and repairs, I just want it to be a straightforward, hassle-free process. Sorry to put a downer on this interesting thread, but like you, I enjoy Ford cars, and I really want to own one. :-)
  6. Still looks much better than the coupé in my opinion though, and has a better name by far.
  7. I see they're doing the same thing as the last M3, where the coupé and saloon share the same nose. i.e. the M3's nose is different from the regular 3-series, and uses the wider grille and slightly more slanty (?) headlights from the 4-series. I'm guessing this is in order to keep common bumper/bonnet/front wings for the two cars and save on costs. These M cars are niche products after all.
  8. Mercedes-Benz A-Class : EDIT: Now launched

    The launch of the A-class really makes me wonder why they bothered launching the B-class here. Was it greed? Were they in a rush to offer an answer to the X1 and Q3 (the A-class wasn't ready in time)? Indian luxury buyers care mostly about image - and when you compare the two, A-class and B-class - there's no contest. Why would anyone buy the B-class anymore? I can almost guarantee no one is thinking about practicality in a Rs 22-25 lakh hatchback. Why would you buy an R-class over a GL-class? Same problem. The B-class barely does double-digit sales figures, and after the price hike as mentioned by PrancingHorse, that will become even worse. Mercedes-Benz India may have just shot itself in the foot.
  9. It appears to be the rear end from the soon-to-be-extinct (because Ford Australia is being shut down) Ford Territory (pictured). I, personally quite like it because it is a subtle look. However, India doesn't like subtle (see XUV500 for proof) so this will probably not work. For their own sake, I hope they bling it up a little.
  10. Hyundai i20 sedan revealed. Should it come to India?

    Does not make any sense. It's like that time they tried to squeeze in an 'i40' saloon in between the Elantra (i30) and the Sonata (i45). It's a niche too far. This would be great if it was less than 4m long, but looking at the pictures, unless it is currently 4001mm long, there's no way they could trim it down without extensive re-engineering. The problem is the Verna and the i20, obviously. How do they price it significantly lower than the former, but higher than the latter? Hyundai has a habit of offering too many variants, and people now equate Hyundai with 'equipment'. So they cannot make the HB20S a 'stripped out' car; no one will touch it. The only solution seems to be to kill off the two base engines of the Verna (the 1.4 petrol and diesel) and leave only the 1.6es, those seem to be the really popular ones anyway. Since the HB20 isn't sub-4m, they could happily put these engines in here. It won't be as cheap as the Amaze and Dzire, but it could rattle up the Verito, Sail, Etios and Manza side of the market.
  11. Honda NSX concept revealed at Detroit 2013

    It's still a concept car. How do you know what its price will be or which cars it will rival? And even if you did know that, how can you possibly know that it won't be better than them? The previous NSX, while not the most powerful car, gained a reputation as a giant-slayer thanks to its neutral handling characteristics. The 'alternatives' you have listed fall across a wide range of prices (Evo X - Rs 50 lakh, Boxster - Rs 80 lakh, Noble M600 - Rs 4 crore, Carrera GT - Rs 14 crore!). Ferraris and Lamborghinis - all current production models - fit within this range as well. So where exactly does the NSX, which won't be produced for another two years, fit? If you're comparing performance, we don't know the outputs of the engine/electric motors yet, and although the handling has been proven in a front-engined Honda Accord, who knows how it will be in a mid-engined sports car. Are you saying this because it's a Honda? Remember, Nissan makes the GT-R ;-)
  12. EDIT: Sorry - just noticed that was two separate pictures with a break in the middle. My mistake.
  13. @usman Three rows of seats in a Kei car? Really now?
  14. That way the new VW MQB platform will go across about eight segments. Think about it segment wise no? C-segment saloon, C-segment hatch. The same basic size of vehicle. Saying that a car is a saloon version of a hatch is not based on looks, it's based on platform, engine, components and parts sharing. And don't you think it's better when manufacturers make an effort to make their saloons look like saloons? Still, like I said, let's wait it out - and if you're right - and Honda makes a separate 'Jazz sedan' for America that is not the City or the Amaze, I will humbly declare that I was wrong, and that Honda are idiots. Also, the last City and Jazz are far from "identical looking" - only common feature I see are the door handles.
  15. Yes, the site is meant for the USA, but what I meant was that they often don't bother researching what cars are available in other markets before reporting. For instance, what I believe has happened here is - they've read a report that there will be a saloon, crossover (and mystery third model) based on the next Jazz. Then, not being aware of the existence of the Asia-Oceania-specific model we know as the City, this is news to them. Hence, they are reporting it as an all-new car, when in reality, it will just be the next City. And of course the Jazz doesn't look like the City. One is a hatchback and the other is a saloon. But it's still based on it. Same goes with the Punto and the Linea. Jetta and Golf. Sunny and Micra etc. They only look the same when it's a budget development like the Swift/Dzire or Indica/Indigo or Brio/Amaze. As you mentioned, yes, the City is an individual product - but only because Honda has the money to do that and thinks that the City is an important enough product to give it its own identity. The Brio Amaze, for example, is a budget car for budget markets, and so it doesn't make sense to spend lots to design a new body shell for such a car. Honda would be stupid to make two saloons on the Jazz platform when they can just make one. But if you are right, and they are making a separate model for the USA apart from the City, it would really mean they have no interest in saving on development costs. But then again, they have chosen to keep Acura alive in the US for so long, so obviously they don't mind making ridiculous decisions