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  1. Hello everyone, I want recommendations as which car is the best buy here? Looks - i20 is a lot better as I simply dislike flat front and rear of amaze Features - Both are on par. i20 just adds 4 extra airbags and projector headlamps Price - i20 asta is cheaper by 40K than Amaze but i20 Asta (o) is costlier by 40K [on road] Drive - Both are equally good and refined. Engine/power/torque almost identical. i20 feels peppier. Please provide feedback. The car is to be driven by my sister. Thanks!
  2. Honda India, the domestic arm of Japanese car maker, seems all set to introduce its much awaited Amaze sedan in the Indian auto market. Interested buyers can now book the upcoming model at the authorised dealerships of Honda India by paying an amount of Rs. 10,000. Industry experts believe that Honda Amaze will make its grand entry somewhere in April in the Indian auto market. However, it must be noted that the auto maker has not revealed the exact pricing and other details of the upcoming Amaze sedan yet.
  3. For those who have'nt had a look at my previous thread please do its called TO WAIT OR NOT TO where i had a dillema whether to wait for my ecosport or just get another car i had booked an ecosport on 25th june 2013 with delivery being promised in august.On august 10 i decide to call my dealer about my car and his reply was negaitive.Ok waiting another month was not going to hurt me then in september i recive an email stating that my model will be delayed by a couple of months and that the price has been incresed by 50000k!!!.That was the last straw when to the showroom got the booking cancelled and started my search again now the cars remaining were i20,amaze and polo. went to volkswagen showroom and had a look at the polo(1.6 tdi)and right next to it was a vento.Spoke to the SA and the price difference was about 1L. booked the car and left the place happy.3 weeks later i got a call saying that my car has arrived and i can take delivery within a week it was fine by me but i had to check the car or atleast the vin.no.After 13 calls i got my vin.no. decoded it and found the car to manufactered in june 2013!.Called the dealer up asked him when the car was made to which he replied october a differnce of 4 months i asked him to decode it and call back which he never did.waited for a week still no response went and met the head of the showroom.he said that he wasnt even aware of my booking and that that was the only vento they had.So there goes the second booking.Cars left amaze and i20. Amaze was out cause it was bland for 9L.So went to DSC motors booked the i20 asta maharaja red they quoted a waiting peroid of 3 weeks and as promised the car was delivered to me on the 15th of november.I've only driven the car for 30 kms so cant really comment on anything except the quality,its very good and so is the feature list. thank you for reading and here are some pics will upload more soon
  4. A big hello to eveyone and this is my first post on autocarindia form I had recently booked an ecosport(well on june 26) and theres still no news on delivery of the car.I have waited for it for a whole 2 months.If the vehicle does not arrive by the second week of september i will be looking at other options.So i request every single member of this form to help me in the purchase. My budget is between 8L-10.5L(ON ROAD) my priorities are The car has to be diesel,Good Space,ground clearence to clear those big pothholes,ABS and Airbags are a must,and finally and and the most important a nice after sales serivce The cars ive short listed are i20 polo and Honda Amaze
  5. The global brand Honda had a comparative lower sales record in India, making it realise the need to be adapted according to the Indian markets so it cleverly re-engineered its engine as well its marketing strategies to fit in well. This smart move has done wonders to the sales of the global brand products in Indian markets. The company had through researches to penetrate deeply into the Indian lifestyles to know more about their expectations, habits, knowledge and media exposure regarding their rides. The setbacks were sited through this research and it was concluded that though their products were brilliant but didn’t exactly cater to the needs of the customer base they were aiming at. Hence the company became conscious of the apt pricing ranges, one of the key aspects for the Indian populations. With the launch of Honda’s new entry level sedan it was priced competitively to be at par with other brands. Another comprehension of this research was that Indian crowds are crazily focused on fuel-efficiency of the car, hence becomes the second major deciding parameter for their vehicles. Stressing upon this feature, Honda came up with the best in class fuel-efficient Honda Amaze as well as amplifying the effect it also introduced its diesel variant modified to suit Indian roads, weather conditions and an engine specifically built for quality of diesel available in India. The company also felt that the reason holding back their sales record of was the perception of Honda being an expensive brand hence its maintenance would cost the owner a fortune. The multinational brand worked intelligently on this as well and introduced economical maintenance packages for money-conscious Indians. In the process it was noted that the customer-base it aimed for was mostly owner-driven rather than chauffeur-driven so the interiors were so adapted to make the ride for driver as well as passengers pleasurable. A few alterations were done in the placement of the audio system, speakers and air-conditioning vents as well as the seat back angle and seat cushion so as to make it more convenient for the driver. Honda became aware of the fact that its media promotions were ineffective as their non-Indian base ads were something people did recognise with. It marketed products with a blind eye, not being sensitive to the receptive abilities, patterns and extend of various media channels for Indian masses. It marketed usually through print media with English taglines which was of no relevance to the major non-English speaking audiences. The visual media also supported backgrounds which were not familiar with Indian taste or had model of other nationalities. The end product of these all these ideas was an Indianised Honda which marked its success by the launch of its latest venture, Honda Amaze which not only had been adapted according to Indian taste and needs, but with its superior looks and best in the segment fuel-efficiency, it also was promoted skilfully and righteously.
  6. Which is the best entry level sedan?

    Which is the best entry level sedan in the country and why? - Honda Amaze - Volkswagen Vento - Swift Dzire - Skoda Rapide - Or any other car?
  7. Is Amaze better than Swift?

    Everyday I’m faced with the choice of choosing between my old flame, the Maruti Swift and my new love affair, the Honda Amaze. Call me shallow, but I can’t resist picking up my latest fling, for a delightful and comfortable drive. Each and every time I drive it, I discover something new and fall in love with it all over again. I believe it’s truly amazing car, not that I’ll ever forget the great times with my old flame. Maruti Swift wasn’t about the engine or the specifications or its features for me. It was the drive that mattered, always. I found it comfortable even though it was just Maruti, the brand that isn’t exactly associated with comfort. The drive was always smooth, allowing me to cut and swerve as I pleased. The spacious hatchback was compact enough for me to swiftly meander my way through traffic, stop and go smoothly between heavy traffic and also speed away in a flash as soon as there was the opportunity. The pickup is indeed great and with the mileage of 17kmpl, it proved to be a good car and a good drive. My only problem was when the engine got a little too irritating and loud. It wasn’t flattering to the smart and good looking car I was driving in, looking pretty smooth myself as I sped by many an onlooker. I’d suggest a few improvements for the future models, a better music system, an improved engine and maybe a bit more comfort. I make these suggestions only because it was when I drove the Honda Amaze that I realized what I was missing. At such a great price for a sedan by Honda, I thought it must be cramped for space or have some noticeable fault. However, this new creation by Honda has made it possible for a sedan to retain the compactness of a hatchback, allowing similar maneuverability as the Swift on busy roads. But this compactness doesn’t let it compromise on the space in the car. This sedan built over a small car platform has some pleasant surprises to offer. Keeping up with the Honda reputation, the seating, leg space for both front as well as back passengers and the overall comfort is remarkable. As highlighted by the advertising of the Honda Amaze, the interiors are surprisingly spacious and is equipped with all the necessary comfort features like power steering, a powerful AC, power windows, central locking and of course a good music system! Also equipped with the i-DTEC engine, the engine is by far better than my old Swift’s. Giving a mileage of 25kmpl, it made me realize that the 17kmpl I was living with was almost a shame. This isn’t the best part for me though. The best things about this car for me are the seriously comfortable seating and driving, making me one with the road and giving me a true Honda experience along with the sexy looks of a sedan, which I believe make me look even smoother…I didn’t even know that was possible!
  8. VW Vento versus the new Honda Amaze

    In this post, we will compare Honda Amaze with Volkswagen Vento. Mileage: The engine of Vento is the same as of the Polo. The gear shifts are claimed by the company to be smoother than ever before and going by the standards, the mileage which the diesel Vento offers is decent enough at 16 kmpl in the city and 20 kmpl on the highway. The mileage as I said is good, but in a country that puts fuel efficiency as one of the major deciding criteria, good is sometimes just not good enough. Here the German loses out to the latest weapon in the Honda arsenal; the i-DTEC engine providing almost, a jaw-dropping 25 kilometers per liter. Power: The highly powerful engine of Volkswagen Vento lays out an impressive power of 105 bhp at 5250 rpmand a thumping torque of 153 Nm at 3800 rpm for the petrol engine and 250 Nm at 1500-2500 rpm for the diesel engine. The power of Amaze, I mean, whom we are kidding, we are talking about Honda, what was the last time, someone complained about an engine from Honda. The i-DTEC is a modern marvel and the power of Amaze is Amazing. The diesel variant of Amaze brings out a power of an impressive 98.6bhp at 3600rpm. The car reaches 100 km/hr in a mere 13 seconds. The way we like it (Pros and Cons): Honda Amaze: Pros: Beautifully designed, economical, best in class mileage, elegant interiors. Cons: Base petrol variants lack the basic safety features such as ABS, EBD and airbags. Volkswagen Vento: Pros: Spacious, Sporty and Stylish look. Cons: A few added features should be there to set it apart from others in the segment. The Verdict: When Honda made up its mind to roll the first set of wheels of Amaze, it had few issues related to it. Firstly, the cap on the diesel engine for subsidies put by the Government of India, kept at a maximum of 1.5 liter of engine volume, while Honda has been dealing with the 1.6 liter engines. Secondly, its latest outing on a sub- 4 meter platform was Brio, a Hatchback and wasn’t a very overwhelming car. Thirdly, Honda hadn’t made a diesel engine before. But, when it launched Amaze finally, it raised a lot of customers waiting for the launch so as to grab one of these economic luxury vehicles. As a vehicle Honda Amaze is certainly ahead of its contemporaries. It definitely has something new to offer in terms of power, performance, looks and the price too. If I have to take a decision and the price of a car is the remotest of the parameters of my decision making structure, Honda Amaze would be the one, I would choose.
  9. Renault Duster or Honda Amaze?

    I was recently wondering about which car will a man with 8-9lacs to spare buy? I shortlisted two options. First is the Renault Duster and the other was Honda Amaze, particularly, because these two cars have set the market on fire since their announcement. Renault Duster made available in both petrol and diesel options. The petrol driven Renault houses a 1598cc I4 DOHC engine that produces 100.3bhp at 5850 rpm and a maximum torque of 145Nm at 3750 rpm. The diesel powered Renault Duster is powered by 1461cc Turbocharged Diesel I4 SOHC engine that is able to deliver two different power figures: 108.3bhp and 83.5bhp power and a torque of 248Nm and 200Nm respectively to the wheels. Duster has two transmission options- five-speed manual and another six-speed manual (108bhp). In singularity, the Duster looks a very good product, and it is, but when we look out in the market, with a view to buy a car, we just don’t see just one car. We browse and then compare our options. Well, while we are at it, why should you be worried about it, we can do that for you. Now, we compare Duster with Amaze The Looks: The exteriors of the both the cars are good, Duster at one side gives you the feel of a sporty off-roader, Amaze shows your love for the finer details in life. The exteriors would always command for a look from the people if you sit in any of the cars, as they are both extremely stylish and good looking cars. When we take a look at the interiors, we are actually disappointed watching the Duster losing the battle to Amaze. The black touch to the interiors gives a sporty look to the car, but the plastic is not very impressive. While on the other side, Amaze is all through a premium looking car, also inside out. Honda stands firm on the premium brand image it owns and maintains and gains a brownie point against Duster here. Fuel Economy: The 1.5 diesel powered engine introduced with Duster in India is tuned to two different states putting out two different power outputs (83.8bhp and 108.5bhp).Renault Duster is capable to deliver 20.46kmpl for mileage for the 83.8bhp diesel engine and 19.01kmpl for the 108.5bhp powertrain. Impressive for an SUV, but in a country, that puts fuel efficiency as one of the major deciding criteria, Renault loses again to the latest weapon in the Honda arsenal; the i-VTEC engine providing more than 25 kilometers per liter. Power: The torque produced by the 85bhp Duster is good and its actually enough at least for city driving. The problem with automobile companies all over the world has been, ‘with great power, comes lower fuel economy’. But surprisingly, both the cars we are talking about right now, seem to have balanced the two ends very well. The power of Amaze, I mean, whom we are kidding, we are talking about Honda, what was the last time, someone complained about an engine from Honda. The i-VTEC is a modern marvel and the power of Amaze is Amazing.
  10. When you associate the word joy with driving, it’s either the long romantic drives you take along the countryside once in a while or the odd wild night, when you took out your car at midnight, just to step on the gas and roam about in the city. But how often, in the life we lead, can we afford to do that? For me, the joy of driving came back to me, when recently I bought my new Honda Amaze. Frankly speaking, I was not expecting much when Honda announced the new Amaze, but the long trust on the brand and the great price they have put on the car made me apply for an advance booking and I got my first own car delivered to me. It was delivered to me on a Monday morning. Even though that could have been a buzz kill for many, it was just the opposite for me. Being a proud owner of Amaze meant that I could start enjoying it right away, which, might not have been the case in other cars. I was ready, swirling the key in my hand, I climbed down the stairs, took out my car and went into the gushing and whistling roads of Delhi. The start was beautiful, the car was more comfortable than I imagined, the leg space was enough for me to stretch and the head room was enough not to make me crouch. But my illusion of space ended soon, when I entered the main road connecting my home to the office. Buses, cars and rickshaws and more buses, the traffic looked like an impossible mess, through which I had to take my brand new car. If I am not wrong, a stretch of 2 km witnessed the cha-cha-cha among the brakes, accelerator and the clutch. But then I realized why the car has been named Amaze, really amazing it was, when the traffic honked me to move the 0.4 meter space available in the front and my car made a smooth transition from one gear to another. When the guy on the bike next to me, wiped his sweat off the already wet handkerchief and the brilliant AC of my car gave me an allusion of the seventh heaven. Amazing indeed. Well, the ride and the joy, did not end there obviously. When I reached the office I had one more problem left. Where space is a luxury, Parking is a delight to have. The lane that leads me to my office is like all other lanes and I need not explain anymore. But the surprise Honda had packed for me in form of this car hadn’t ended till then, for a sedan, Amaze has an Amazingly short turning radius and the parking was just another joy in the experience and not the problem anymore. That is the joy of driving Amaze gave me in a totally hostile environment for driving cars. I am happy I trusted Honda and I believe it would keep amazing me in the future.
  11. It was more than a year ago when Honda Motor Company Ltd announced the launching of a new technology for their automobiles. This next-gen technology is called Earth Dream Technology and works closely with the environmental causes around the world. They planned to work on the internal combustion, transmission, and electric-powered engines. By 2020, their expectation is that they would be able to reduce carbon emissions by as much as 30% for all their products. Through the ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ Honda betters the already marvelous VTEC technology to provide even better power and efficiency. The important aspect of the Earth dream technology is that every engine class will receive a different modification, according to the specific need of the class. Last December 2012, two of the new Earth Dream Technology engines were included in the 10 Best Engines for 2013 by Ward’s Auto World. Both engines are used in the 2012 Honda Accord model, 2.4, 4 cylinder and 3.4, V6 engine models. Now in its 19th year, the Ward's 10 Best Engines competition is designed to recognize powertrains that set new benchmarks in their respective vehicle segments. To be eligible, an engine must be all-new or significantly improved and be available in a production vehicle that will be on sale by first-quarter 2013. The new direct-injected 2.4-liter i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder powerplant is the standard Accord engine. Offering 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, this engine delivers 4-percent more horsepower and 12-percent more torque compared to its predecessor, while operating on regular unleaded fuel and meeting the strict PZEV and ULEV-2 emissions standards. With its high-flow exhaust system, the Accord Sport Sedan 4-cylinder engine generates 189 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. The use of the technology has pushed the sales up in numbers for Honda in the US and has had an acclaimed acceptance through the auto-critic circle too. Honda "Earth Dreams Technology" is a next generation set of technological advancements which greatly enhance both driving performance and fuel efficiency, using, as its base, advanced environmental technologies to pursue the joy of driving unique to Honda. The ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ is every bit of what Honda always stands for and we hope the company continues its effort towards a better world and a better driving experience every day.
  12. Honda Amaze versus Swift Dzire

    The new Honda Amaze takes on Maruti Suzuki Dzire in the latest battle budding within the automobile industry. Priced nearly alike and from the same segment, choosing between Amaze and Dzire is a smart consumer’s nightmare. To begin with, Amaze contains a 1498cc engine in its diesel variant, while Dzire comprises of a 1248cc engine. Dzire provides a mileage of 23.4kmpl, whereas, Amaze dominates the segment with a mileage of 25.8kmpl. Diesel version of Amaze consists of an i-DTEC engine, which generates more power than the Dzire compatriot. So, if power is what you look for in a car, choose Honda Amaze. Now, for those who consider looks to be a make or break deal. Being a fan of the older version of Dzire, I believe that Maruti Suzuki could have done better with the redesigning. Please note that I do not have any problems with the front looks of Dzire, it is the back where the problem lies. Back of the Dzire is way too flat for a sedan. Amaze, on the other hand, looks stunning up ahead and decent at the back. When you stand beside it, you can also admire the ‘sedan’ in the car. Having spoken about the exteriors, we now step inside the car. Interiors for Dzire can be summed up in two words, ‘simple and classy’. Maruti Suzuki are spot on with the interiors. They look good, enable easy functioning, clear and direct. Amaze loses the interior fight because of its cluttered presentation on the inside. It often looks like some buttons and air conditioning vents put together in random fashion just because the deadline was nearby and the interiors had not been designed yet. Now, we will discuss about the space. Amaze again comes out on top in terms of in-car space. Better leg room, more boot-space and sufficient breathing space, Amaze provides comfort over long drives for all its occupants, be it on the front seat or the back. Dzire, on the other hand, provides good leg space for the people in front, but could use some more for the people in the back. Boot-space has been compromised from the previous version of Dzire . That is all about the cars, now, in a brief we will discuss about their manufacturers. While Maruti Suzuki is an established brand and is one of the big guns in India, Honda is not far behind. Honda, with its effective after sale service, has climbed the ladder as India’s most trusted brands and continues to rise. Sure, it’s a bit more expensive than Maruti Suzuki, but it is in a different league, a better league. With all that we have discussed here, Amaze seems to be the obvious choice, unless you are a big fan of pretty interiors.
  13. Here is a first driving impression by Autocar India of Honda's much awaited, Brio-based sedan, the Amaze. This surely will shaken up few things in the market for sure. It is a sub-four metre saloon, much like the Maruti Dzire that Honda benchmarked extensively when engineering this car. What's also important is the engine under the hood of this car. It is Honda's first diesel engine in India and though Honda hasn't revealed the 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor's power or fuel efficiency figures, expect around 80bhp and about 24kpl. The engine is a scaled down version of the 1.6-litre diesel that Honda sells in Europe, so this four-cylinder unit has a twin-cam, 16-valve head. Driving it around the Motegi test track in Japan, the engine impresses with its refinement. Even better though is its responsiveness. It pulls well from as low as 1000rpm and there's a gentle surge at 1500rpm when the turbo comes on full song. This engine does its best work below 3000rpm which is fine -- it promises to be easy to drive in the city traffic. Also cementing its city friendliness are the gearshift and clutch action both of which are smooth and light.Driving on Motegi's smooth surface, it's quite impossible to judge the ride, but the steering does have more weight than the Brio's and this is a good thing. The other important bit about the Amaze is it's extended wheelbase. In keeping with its saloon credentials, the Amaze's wheelbase is 60mm longer than the Brio's. It also gets longer rear doors that make accessing the rear seats slightly easier. Once inside, you'll find a seat that is nicely cushioned and with a lot more legroom thanks to the longer wheelbase. It is incredibly spacious and a lot more so than the Maruti Dzire. Some may find the seat back a tad too reclined though. The center tunnel is also very low so travelling three up in the rear shouldn't be a problem. Up front, you'll find a dashboard that's identical to the Brio's and the front seats are the same as well. In cabin storage spaces include two cupholders and bottle holders in the doorpads. While Honda didn't reveal boot volume, it is clear that the Amaze's boot is bigger than the Dzire's. Speaking of which, the boot is well integrated into the Brio's design. Honda had released teaser images of the Amaze before its official press unveiling and what became instantly clear is that this would be a proper three box saloon. It’s got a defined boot section and doesn’t have that truncated rear end of the Maruti Dzire. Honda has tried to add some flair to the design with a smart rising belt line on the rear door that culminates in the interesting, City-like wraparound tail lamps and even the bumper gets its share of creases. Other ways to distinguish the Amaze from the Brio is the double chrome slats on the front grille and the front bumper is different as well. Apart from this, there have been no expensive sheetmetal changes which is good -- it will help Honda price the car well. The Amaze is no doubt an impressive car, one that, even on this quick drive, clearly shows how it sets the new benchmark in this class. Honda's back in the race and how!
  14. The Maruti D'zire has enjoyed super success in the Indian market. The Maruti brand name, a very fuel efficient diesel engine and stellar after sales service makes it unbeatable. But things could change with the Honda Amaze on the horizon. A sub 4 metre sedan based on the Brio with a diesel engine, Hondas first for India will take the fight directly to the Dzire. All Honda needs to do is price it right. Word is that there will be heavy localisation from day 1 itself and being sub 4 metre will get the Amaze added benefits too. Should Maruti be a worried lot? Will the Amaze be the car that will be a game changer for Honda ? What do you think? Read Honda Amaze review here Read Swift Dzire review here