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  1. Hi, Bought Automatic Petrol version of Ciaz last week, it has run 100 KMS so far however the average so far has been 6.5 kms. Getting me to wonder if this is normal or there is some anomoly here. I am aware that average does increase during the longer duration (1000 kms+) or post 1st service but not sure how far it will reach from 6.5 kms. Would be great to hear from Ciaz owners as well as experienced drivers. Also any do's and don't for maintaining are welcomed. Thanks, AB
  2. Maruti Suzuki is all set to step into the commercial vehicle market. A new LCV codenamed Y9T will roll out from its Gujarat plant once it becomes operational in 2016. Senior Maruti executives communicated this decision at an offsite with its vendors in Malaysia last week. The new LCV is already under development and will compete head-on with the Tata Ace. It will be powered by a new 2-cylinder 800cc diesel engine, now in advanced stages of development. The new LCV is being developed ground up at the India research and development centre, a sign of the Japanese parent's growing confidence in the Indian subsidiary's R&D capabilities. Maruti Suzuki's new R&D facility in Rohtak is expected to go live next year. Four people close to the development told ET that the two-cylinder 800cc engine, a naturally aspirated variant for LCV and turbocharged variant for small cars are at an advanced stage of development. The company is also strongly considering extending the family of diesel engines to the 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine and 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine. The new LCV follows the success of the Tata Motors Ace, which now sells 2 lakh units every year. Mahindra & Mahindra's Maxximo is another competitor in this segment. Source: Economic Times
  3. Got my new Swift DZire ZXi last month (sorry for posting this late ) In late June we found that another car was required for our local needs. The car would have been used by mom who's office is just 1 km away. So we focused on getting a petrol car. The cars infact the Hatches which we had in mind 1. Hyundai i20 i20 was a very capable car but was expensive even keeping the goodies the offer 2. VW Polo Polo, a tough build car was our second option. No one except me liked the cars looks so the idea was dropped 3. Nissan Micra Micra was a good car but my uncle owns a sunny, and the brake and build quality issue put it down In these three cars, we chose to go for i20 Sportz Line in 1.2 kappa petrol But later, when my dad saw the expensive price tag, he told me to search for sedans as he can go more for a sedan. The choices in the segment were 1. Honda Amaze This car was a very efficient car with a promising engine. The car was very loud and the interior quality and looks were extremely cheap 2. Toyota Etios My dad travels to our office in a Etios cab and liked the car because of its large boot and spacious interiors. But the taxi operator told that the car was the worst car he ever got from toyota's stable. Plus the visible cost cutting let it down So the last car was Swift DZire This car was the one which everyone liked. The only problem was the small boot but lived with that the car has got the best interiors in the segment and was better build than compitation While booking, my dad thought to took the car to his office which was 50km one way. So we got confused either to go for VDi or ZXi. ZXi was around 20000 cheaper and had all the accessories. And even if we would have chosen the VDi trim, we would have got alloys which cost 20000-30000. So finally decided to go for ZXi Delivery period: The waiting period was a week or two but we delayed the delivery due to some reasons. Hospitality: The people there at the showroom were very friendly and treated us well (in fact better than BMW's ) The D-Day Some of the pics at the delivery are attached Will write more about the first month service
  4. Maruti seems to have started testing the next A-Star in India. Though one cant make out too many details, its looks bigger than the current car. The front certainly looks better from what I make out from the pic. Also notice the prominent Haryana reg plate. Pic source
  5. Hi Friends! Although I like and own a Swift for its perfect value for money appeal, I do have a question to ask all my fellow mates. This is regarding the new shape Swift and the dents commonly seen on its boot. It so happened that I tried to close the boot of my Swift a couple of days back and incidentally ended up denting the boot sheet metal; the portion of boot above the rear number plate. On closer inspection, I realised that the same is constructed of very thin sheet metal which can easily get dented by simple pressing by bare hands. Since then, I started observing all new shape Swifts on the roads and their boots and found out that quite a few of them had a dent at the same spot. Maybe their owners committed the same mistake that I did. I just saw a straight out of the showroom condition Swift with a similar dent yesterday as well. I am also sure that Maruti service stations must be getting a lot of cars with similarly dented boots. If that is the case, is Maruti proactively taking steps to get rid of the problem by maybe installing an internal reinforcement or by using heavy duty sheet metal. Please share in case you've had a similar experience with a Swift's bootlid. Also, is there anything that can be done to prevent the incident from reoccurring? Are there any materials available in the market which can be glued/ welded to the sheet metal to provide added strength? Thanks!
  6. The most awaited new Maruti Alto 800 has been finally launched at a price of Rs. 2.44 lakhs for the base model Ex Showroom Delhi. The first scoop pictures of the Alto 800 were first seen exclusively on the Autocar India forum. The base trim gets standard features like grey interiors, vinyl seats, dual trip-meter and tubeless tyres, while the LX trim gets all these as well as fabric seats, air-conditioning and a remote fuel-lid opener. The top-end Alto 800 LXi comes with body-coloured bumpers and door handles, chrome-trim on front grille, full wheel-caps, grey or brown interior shade, silver-trim on inside door handles and speedometer, metallic finish on the steering wheel, remote opening for the hatch and internally adjustable ORVMs. This is the only variant that comes with an optional driver airbag; the lower variants will not have power windows or steering either. Maruti will also offer the Alto 800 with a factory-fitted CNG kit. Maruti has spent Rs 470 crores on developing the new Alto 800. 200 engineers have worked for 4 years to develop the new car and it has been done entirely in India. Maruti says that over 10,000 cars have been booked even before the launch. Looks like Maruti has hit the bulls eye once again. The new Alto 800 will be sold alongside the Maruti 800 (BS III markets only) and the Alto K10 Maruti Alto 800 prices: Petrol- base Rs 2.44L, LX-Rs 2.76L, LXI-Rs 2.99L, CNG- Base Rs 3.19L, LX-Rs 3.37L, LXI-Rs 3.56L (Ex-Delhi) I feel the pricing is spot on. Maruti is not called small car king for no reason. What do you think of the pricing Here is the ACI review for the new Alto 800: http://forum.autocar...aruti-alto-800/
  7. The XA Alpha concept was showcased by Maruti at last years Auto Expo. After that there hadnt been any news on the car but now there is word that the compact SUv might be coming this year. The EcoSport has taken the market by storm so perhaps Maruti wants to launch this car soon. Hopefully the production version looks as good as the concept. Anyone here has more info on this? Info source: Motorbeam
  8. Here is picture posted on suzukifan.com of what could be the Jimny replacement in Japan. The render seems like ques have been taken from the Maruti XA Alpha concept. Maruti had showcased the XA Alpha at the 2012 Auto Expo. It is said that a shrter version of the XA Alpha chassis will be used for the new Jimny. If this is possible could it be that Maruti could do the same thing here in India and give the Gypsy a new life altogether? Here is the pic and attaching the xA Alpha concept pic below as well Pic source: suzukifan.com
  9. Alto, the once highest selling car in the Indian market, has scored a horrible 0 out of 5 in a recent LATAM NCAP ratings. The car was rendered totally unsafe in the event of a collision with a very unstable chassis and the A-Pillar, front door, B-Pillar, roof and floor pan buckling under the crash forces. It is high time that our government also establishes such testing procedures and minimum safety benchmarks as we have one of the highest motor accident fatality rate in the world.
  10. Hi, I have a WagonR that I bought in 2009(around Novemeber) . I am facing a rather confusing heating problem with the car. It typically happens when the car a/c is on. Over the past two months I have got the radiator changed,coolant replaced several times but the problem still persists. Finally after observing the heating on a number of occasions, I have observed the following: 1) Never happens over short distances (2-5KM) 2) Typically occurs when the a/c is on. 3) It is now occurring after a long drive (20-30KM) on the highway after which the car needs to be slowed down in traffic. 4) The last time it heated up, I checked the water in the radiator and the bottle , it was near full. I showed it to a mechanic , he found no problem with it at first look. The fan auto cut was working fine as per him. Any idea what the issue might be?
  11. Keeping its worst ever pace, Indian car market in June 2013 dropped 5.2% from last year ending an awful first half down 10.1%. Launching the locally produced SUV Ecosport, Ford finally attacked this market, almost doubling share.
  12. This Nissan Pixo has been spotted testing in India. The Pixo is essentially the Maruti A-Star that we have on Indian roads.The car seen here had Haryana TC plates and the even the badges were covered so its quite a mystery as to what this car is doing here. However there are differences in the exterior. the Pixo gets a rear wiper, while the A-Star even in it’s top of the line ZXi spec makes do without. The base variants of the Pixo also get a fixed ‘butterfly’ type rear windows. The front of the Pixo features an almost Maruti Ritz like headlamp unit. The grill is completely different and the front and rear bumpers of the Nissan get an additional plastic molding. The A-Star has been around for quite sometime in its current avatar. So should Maruti launch a facelift model which looks like this Pixo. It could help garner up more sales for the car. What do you think? Source: IndianAutosblog
  13. Looks like its the best time to buy a Maruti. MS is offering huge discounts on its cars as well as special offers. At a few places even the Dzire which sells insanely is also available without any waiting periods. These are the same cars which were boasted to possess huge waiting periods of many months altogether! In another bit, this recent advertisement at Times of India talks about Ertiga being available at a discount of Rs 25,000 and this is the diesel version Tthe offers available on different Maruti Cars Alto 800 (Petrol & CNG) : Rs 38,000 Alto K10: Rs 53,000 WagonR Lxi (Petrol & CNG) : Rs 51,000 Estilo (CNG) : Rs 68,000 A-Star (All variants) : Rs 63,000 Ritz (Diesel) : Rs 43,000 SX4 (Petrol, Diesel & CNG) : Rs 73,000 Ertiga (Diesel) Rs 25,000 Almost all Maruti cars are going at huge discounts. If you are looking out for a CNG car, Estilo CNG can be had for a hefty discount of Rs 68,000 and A-Star is also available at offers of upto Rs 63,000 which is applicable on all variants of the small car. That’s not all, even the Ritz which was recently facelifted is available at a discount of Rs 43,000 on the diesel variant. Along with this, dealers in Pune are also offering gold and silver coins upon successful bookings. t is claimed that these offers will go dry and a price increase will be applicable starting next month. These discounts will be divided into various parts and will include cash discounts, exchange bonus along with other smaller discounts like corporate/teachers and others. Exact details can be had from your local dealer. Better to make the best of it. Source: TOI and Motorbash
  14. And another one to the CNG gang. According to reliable sources, the company will announce and even start rolling out a greener variant of the Ertiga within 2-3 months. India’s largest carmaker is aiming to sell nearly 1,000-1,500 units of the Ertiga CNG every month. Currently, it is sold in petrol (1.4-litre, 4-cylinder) and diesel (1.3-litre, 4-cylinder) variants, and the Ertiga MPV sells, on average, 5,000-6,000 units per month. Ertiga sales have been filling in the vacuum caused by the dip in sales of other passenger cars from Maruti over the past year.The Ertiga currently faces the closest competition from the Mahindra Quanto and Renault Duster. However, the growing MPV/SUV segment lacks any CNG variant so far and Maruti is planning to tap into this space by making the Ertiga the first CNG-powered MPV in India. Looks like Maruti has hit the bulls eye again. This one is sure to fly off the shelves with more and more CNG powered cars hitting the roads. Will be interesting to see the CNG tank placement on this one.
  15. Maruti is planning to go into overdrive in the next two years with a series of new launches planned including the SX4 Crossover The other SX4 model (codenamed YL1) will be a new upgraded saloon that is likely to be launched in the latter part of 2013 or early 2014 with a variety of new features. The SX4 model, originally planned for Europe, is designed by Giugiaro’s ItalDesign studio and is in production since 2006 with the SX4 shared by Fiat and Suzuki; the Fiat-badged model is known as Fiat Sedici. For developing markets like India and China, the saloon version of the same name was developed with a crossover styling. Globally, Suzuki calls the SX4 a ‘sporty crossover’, and the carmaker showcased it at the Auto Expo 2012. Maruti is believed to be targeting a production capacity of 100,000 units per annum for both the new SX4 crossover and saloon models, say sources in the know. The SX4 in the hatchback version occupies a niche in a market of five-door mini-SUV crossovers in Europe and is available in petrol variants of 1.5 to 2.0-litre engines. In diesel trim, the SUV crossover is powered with Fiat’s 1.3 to 2.0-litre engines and is available as a 4WD. It is expected to be introduced in India with similar engine options to boost flagging sales of the SX4, as Maruti is keen to be seen both as a saloon as well as a small car player. Maruti is also is getting its new 800cc diesel engine ready in Japan; this motor will power its new small car that will be launched in end-2013 or early 2014. The new five-door model on the A-star platform (codenamed YL-7) is expected to be rolled out just before Diwali and will offer the same petrol and diesel variants as available in the current A-star, say sources. Also in the pipeline is an upgraded Swift in petrol and diesel variants and a Zen that is due to be out in 2013. Source: http://autocarpro.in/contents/technologyDetails.aspx?TechnologyID=141
  16. Now a Limited Edition Omni

    As if limited edition Marutis were not enough here comes one more to the bandwagon. The Omni gets a Limited Edition. And whats so special about here, your guess is as good as mine. CD Player with Aux 4 Speakers Floor Mats Left side rear view mirror New seat covers With the Eeco doing duty in the market does Maruti even need to sell the Omni today? I dont think so. No clue of the pricing of the Omni Limited Edition though
  17. After enjoying the success of the Ertiga and the new Dzire compact sedan, Maruti wants to try and push the sales of its 'Blue eyed boy'. This website has done a news article with a picture that displays some subtle changes carried out to the front of the car. The question is, will a minor face lift be sufficient? Hopefully, the face lifted car will come with the DDIS engine as an option. Link to the story : http://www.autocarindia.com/News/327623,maruti-readying-wagon-r-update.aspx
  18. 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
  19. ACI Review: Maruti Alto 800

    It’s not everyday that you get to test a car that’s likely to be a surefire best-seller, but that’s just what this is – a first drive of Maruti’s all-new Alto 800, a car that in all probability will start life at the top of the sales charts. The new Alto is a car Maruti has poured its heart and soul into to get right. What the company wants is continuity and progress. It wants the Alto 800 to take off from where the current Alto stands today, and for that Maruti’s designers have given it an identity that is instantly recognisable. So there’s an overriding feeling of familiarity as you walk upto the car. The compact dimensions, the high-mounted headlights and the thick ‘C’ pillar at the rear of the car tell you this is an Alto instantly. But the new bits stand out as well. The new two-part grille is attractive, the high-mounted petal-shaped headlights stand out, there’s a hint of a chin spoiler, which looks sporty, and the wheel arches are mildly flared as well. Unlike the earlier car, this one is mildly tipped forward too, adding to that sporty feel. The design is familiar around the back, but here too there are fresh new details like the crystal-like tail lights and some sculpting on the hatch that adds a spicy touch. What makes the car look a bit awkward from some angles however is the massive ground clearance, something that just doesn’t sit well with the compact dimensions. The conservative Alto 800 however is likely to appeal to a wider audience than Hyundai’s overtly styled Eon, which draws polarised opinion. The new Alto 800 is built on the same wheelbase as the earlier car and plenty of suspension bits are carried over, but the structure has been heavily modified to make it stiffer. Maruti’s engineers have concentrated on keeping it light too. The roof, for example, is made of thinner steel, but has corrugations for added rigidity. The biggest change however is in the cabin. There’s an all-new and more contemporary-looking dash, with a strong ‘V’ around the centre console, and plastic quality has been improved considerably. There are plenty of silver accents in the cabin, and there’s a horizontally aligned bottle holder placed ahead of the gear lever, which is quite innovative. The inclusion of new slimmer seats means there is marginally more space for passengers but this is a car that’s hard to get comfortable in. The small front seats with their integrated headrests, for example, lack decent back support and the rear-seat back isn’t too comfortable either. Space is also only marginally better than the current car, which means it’s very cramped, especially in the rear. The moulded roof lining and fully clad pillars however improve the ambience of the cabin tremendously. There are big changes under the bonnet as well. Maruti may continue to call this 800cc motor the F8D but changes made are quite far-reaching. There are new short skirt pistons, the compression ratio of the engine has been increased and the air inlet system has been made longer. Torque as a result is 11 percent better, and you can feel it. Push down on the accelerator and the Alto 800 sets off in a much more determined manner. Responses at low engine speed have always been a strength of this motor, and now it’s better. You don’t need to rev hard to get a move on and you can upshift quite early, so overtaking is not as much a challenge as before. At very low revs, there’s a jerky throttle action, which is typical of other Maruti motors as well and hence driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic is not very smooth. Out on the highway, the improved motor feels more eager thanks to improved performance at the top end of the rev range. In fact, there’s a sporty note at higher revs and the engine doesn’t feel as thrashy as before. The gearbox too has been improved over the earlier car with a new cable type shifter. The gearshift is fairly smooth but it still doesn’t have the precision or crisp action of more contemporary competition. The ride is simply outstanding for such a small car and it copes admirably well with everything that’s thrown at it. The Alto 800’s tall springs and 80 profile tyres absorb potholes and ruts with ease but as expected, the Alto 800 is never as well settled as a bigger car. There is always a nervous bit of vertical movement when the road gets uneven, but it’s not to the point of being uncomfortable. When it comes to driving pleasure the Alto 800 really won’t excite you. There’s no excess of power for one, and the handling is pretty soggy too. The steering feels a bit vague, especially around the straight-ahead position, and the car doesn’t like to be cornered hard. But then, the kind of person who is buying this car isn’t going to really care. The new Alto 800 may not have the same modern feel as the Hyundai Eon but certainly feels a generation ahead of the previous Alto with better interiors, dynamics and performance. It’s a claimed 15 percent more efficient than the earlier car (at 22.74kpl) and it looks more contemporary too. Is that enough to keep its popularity sky-high? That will finally depend on the price. However, assuming a Rs 3.15 lakh sticker for the base, air-con-equipped version, Maruti’s latest will continue to be the best-selling car on Indian soil after it goes on sale on October 16 this year. See the full photo gallery here: http://www.autocarin...alto-800,1.aspx
  20. Hi All, I am having trouble with my new Maruti Ritz Vdi. Currently it is at 15000 kms and it has never returned me mileage above 15.5 even on the highway... I have complained regarding this to all MASS but they simply try to convince me that the mileage is correct and dont do a proper checking. The only thing they did was clean the air filter (which i have done myself many times) and loosen up the hand brake!! ?? they told me that a tight hand brake would slow down the vehicle and cause low mileage. How i checked my mileage: 1. I used full tank to full tank method. 2. I travelled from Bangalore to ooty via the longer salem route during early morning. No traffic, perfect highway for most part. Drove at around a constant speed of 120-130 for most part upto avinashi, and then in and around ooty. Total Mileage returned 15.5 kmpl 3. Travelled from Ooty to Bangalore via mysore, maintained constant speed of 80kmpl and some Bangalore Domestic Driving. Mileage returned 15.5 kmpl 4. During my day to day traffic stop and go within bangalore city, mileage returned is around 12 kmpl. Any idea why this is caused, anyone out there experienced the same, and please let me know a good service station who actually are not afraid of checking my car using some diagnostics.
  21. Maruti A-star facelift?

    Suzuki China will give a cosmetic update to the A-star (Sold as the Alto in China) very soon. There are various spy pics doing rounds of the updated A-star from China. The ultimate question here is that if Maruti brings this to India, will it help boost A-star sales? We all know the A-star aint doing that good in the Indian market. Maruti still sells it here because basically India is the export base for the A-star which is sold as the Alto or Celerio in other international markets. Well here are the pics of the China market A-star update, looks quite nice to me, I feel it will give a boost to the sales in India if it comes here.
  22. After the launch of the new Dzire, Maruti did not stop production of the older model but kept it alive by making it available only for the taxi market or fleet operators by badging it 'Tour' . The Tour is a bare bones Dzire stripped of even the basics like body coloured bumpers, door handles, central locking and even the left side door mirror Now, however, due to overwhelming demand and long waiting periods for its new Dzire, Maruti has made the Dzire Tour available to private car buyers as well.Also, for an estimated Rs 12,000-15,000, customers can get the front and rear bumpers painted, along with the door handles and the wing mirror. To get central locking, the left wing mirror and other accessories installed, buyers will have to shell out extra. Swift Dzire Tour prices (Ex-showroom, Mumbai) Diesel: Rs 6.16 lakh Petrol: Rs 5.12 lakh
  23. Folks, which is the best budget hatch currently available in the country? The Tata Nano 2012 or the long-in-the-tooth Alto and Spark? I personally like the K10 and the way it drives but the interior and the 1990s styling now look a bit boring as compared to the fashionable new Eon which is again an okayish car with poor driving dynamics. What's your say?