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  1. Suzuki Ciaz Facelift to be launched in June comes with sunroof, revised grille and alloy wheels. Not only that it accompanies new DRLs, revised headlamps, tail light cluster and a premium interior. Both petrol and diesel just for 8 Lakhs. Must have sedan! Good choice within the budget is what I can say.
  2. Buying a sedan nowadays has become much more confusing with a plethora of options to pick from. I personally have received the most user queries regarding the best sedan below Rs 10 lakh. There are loads of options to choose from, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Nissan Sunny. All good options but we’ve observed Maruti Suzuki Ciaz under either petrol or diesel version offers you most for your money. We’ve skimmed through and discovered Ciaz is the most well packaged sedan you can buy in the sub-10lakh category. Source: Why Ciaz is good car under Rs 10 lakh
  3. Hi people, Im planning to upgrade from a Spark(2009). My budget is around the 10 - 11 lakhs. Im looking at performance and handling. Going to be for personal use, mostly for me alone. I would prefer a sportly drive and dynamic handling more than ride and comfort. Any suggestions or advice ? I dont mind any fuel choice, P or D. I was waiting for the new fiat linea and the fiesta. I find both very good. what else can i look for ?
  4. Guys, I am planning to buy a new car, changing the Koleos. Budget - 50 - 55 Lac. 55 is max, putting the extra five over 50 is also stretching it a bit too much. Looking for a sedan this time round. Self driven. About 1500kms a month. Once a month used on the highways. Looking for - Driving dynamics, Engine, Handling. Not shortlisted any as of now, but I am pretty interested in the New C class(both petrol and Diesel). What else can you'll suggest ?
  5. Chevrolet has launched the Sail sedan with both petrol and diesel options. While petrol variants are priced from Rs 4.99 - 6.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the diesel variants are on offer from Rs 6.29 - 7.51 lakh. The Sail saloon is the second model in India from the GM-SAIC joint venture. The Sail saloon is powered by a 79bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced diesel motor. The diesel motor comes mated to the F17 gearbox whose ratios are tuned specifically for India. The company's claimed fuel efficiency figures are 18.2kpl for the petrol and 22.1kpl for the diesel motor. The base trim-level comes with power steering, front power windows, power mirrors, tilt steering, a digital tachometer, engine immobilizer and a 12V power outlet. ABS and EBD come standard on all trim levels. The LS trim level adds full wheel covers, body coloured wing mirrors, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear power windows, central locking, audio system with Bluetooth and USB, rear parcel shelf and a driver airbag. The top-end LT trim comes with standard ABS and also adds features such as alloy wheels, leather gear knob, passenger airbag, speed sensitive autolock and keyless entry with remote. Available in seven colour options, the Sail saloon will come with a 3 year/1,00,000km warranty and 5 year/50,000km warranty on powertrain. Chevrolet has no plans to launch an automatic variant anytime soon. Read the Autocar India review here:http://forum.autocarindia.com/index.php?/topic/9233-aci-review-chevrolet-sail-sedan/
  6. Hello friends, I would like to share my experiences with my Ford Ikon 1.6 (Tourmaline green). I'm the owner of this very comfortable, luxurious and power packed monster since 2008. I'm the 3rd owner of this beauty. I agree you people might already think this car's parts cost a fortune, but believe me, these quality parts from Ford very rarely need replacement or repair if maintained well. The air-conditioning is the best i found in the class of it's era. Ikon started to roll out with electric windows and power steering while other car manufacturers were still stuck on getting their cars to be more fuel efficient. Photos of my cars and additional comments will soon follow. Thank you, Venkys.
  7. Nano revving up for big league

    3 Jan 2013 Hindustan Times (Delhi)Sumant Banerji Stronger, costlier car in the works, sedan version may also be on offer NEW DELHI: The world’s cheapest car, the Nano, may soon get bigger, stronger and costlier. Tata Motors is planning to fit the car with a 1-litre engine to revive the product that has had a rollercoaster ride since its launch in 2009. With a bigger engine, a sedan version may also be on offer. Vendors told HT that Tata had been working on a 966cc version to replace the Nano’s 624cc engine since the Alto is powered by a 796cc engine. The technical head of a component maker said on condition of anonymity: “Significant changes are being made to the car and the chassis is being strengthened to take more weight.” He said, “They (Tata) also hinted that there could be a version of the car with a boot as well. All this will surely entail an increase in the price, as Tata does not want it to be seen as a cheap car anymore.” With the world’s smallest ever car engine, the Nano costs Rs1.432 lakh in Delhi, while its main rival, the Maruti Alto, is priced at about Rs2.40 lakh. When contacted, the company refused to be drawn into any speculation although Tata Group’s chairman emeritus Ratan Tata confirmed last month: “We have to do something to refresh the product (Nano).” While Tata has sold about 225,000 Nanos since July 2009, Maruti sold 300,000 Altos a year. The Nano’s 80-litre boot space is one of the reasons that affected its sales as the Alto has a 177-litre space. Source : HT Delhi
  8. Tata Motors was the first to come out with a compact sedan when it launched the Indigo CS. Everyone jumped onto the band wagon there after. Now it looks like the Manza is undergoing the same treatment. Here are first pics of the Manza CS . It is based on the same platform as the Vista hatchback and the Manza sedan. But, it will share the wheelbase and track lengths, and its exterior and interior styling with the full length sedan. The most significant change to the design is, of course, at the rear. The Manza CS gets a new boot lid design and fresh tail lamps that are of the wrap around variety. The bumpers - both front and back, as well as the front grille design is new and it gets new ORVMs as well. Given the rules that define the excise benefit, the Manza CS will sport a smaller petrol engine. The engine will be a 1.2 litre turbo petrol and will make close to 90PS of max output. Now, we have seen naturally aspirated engines with similar engine capacity make similar power, so the focus forwith this engine clearly is better fuel economy. The Manza CS will come with a 5-speed manual and will run on 15 inch wheels for the top trims. It will comfortably be one of the most spacious in its class as well. It will be available in a number of trim options for both petrol and diesel versions and expect the top of the line variant to sport best in class kit like Bluetooth telephony, digital climate control and possibly an in-built Satnav as well. Here are the pics Source: Zigwheels
  9. Here are pics of the Audi A3 sedan which has been caught testing in China. The car was officially unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2013. The new A3, is equipped with a maximum output power of 140 hp, a peak torque 250N.m 1.4TFSI engine, and a 170 horsepower, 250N.m 1.8TFSI engine and one unpublished data 2.0TFSI engine for the Chinese market. This could be the perfect entry level sedan for Audi in India and will probably be here next year. India is sure to get a diesel motor for sure the tried and tested 2.0 TDI. Source: auto.ifeng.com
  10. 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.
  11. Hyundai has revealed and launched the i20 sedan in Brazil. It has been named the HB20 S.. At first glance, the Fluidic design philosophy is evident and it does look good for sure. It looks like a proper sedan and not a boot paste job. While the wheelbase remains identical, the boot is massive at 450 litres. Should it come to India? I dont think so and for the reasons Its not a sub 4 meter car and will not gain from excise benefits. If there are no price benefits, it will eat into the sales of the Verna. Hyundai cant have two cars in the same price range else one would canabalize the sales of the other. Seeing everyone going for sub 4 meter cars now, Hyundai should prob think of a sub 4 meter Verna
  12. Chevrolet may not have achieved much success with its original mid-size saloon for India, the Aveo, but it could have just the product to change things. The car in question is the all-new Sail, the saloon version of the Sail U-VA hatchback launched some months ago. We drove the car near General Motors’ plant in Talegaon near Pune and came away quite impressed. As can be seen, the Sail looks identical to its hatchback sibling right up to the B pillar. That means the styling is conservative, though the combination of its split grille, upswept headlamps and rising beltline look pretty neat. But while the Sail U-VA isn’t too attractive from the rear, the Sail saloon manages to look quite smart, with the nicely arced roof flowing smoothly into the neatly integrated boot section. The Sail is a proper saloon in that respect, and doesn’t have the truncated look of the sub-four-metre Maruti Swift Dzire, which will be among its chief competitors. The rear wheels, however, look a tad too small, and the rear overhang is a bit too pronounced. Styling at the rear is neat and simple, with the large triangular tail-lamps helping to distinguish it from the other mid-sizers. Boot space is pretty impressive, and what helps further is that the loading bay is well shaped and can easily accommodate two large suitcases. Sadly, the loading lip is a tad too high, the sill is slightly narrow and the rear seats don’t flip forward like they do in the hatch. Access to the Sail’s cabin is really convenient thanks to the wide-opening doors, but once inside, there’s some disappointment. The interiors are unchanged from the U-VA, so what you get is a cabin that lacks the premium look or feel of some other cars in this class. Plastic quality is only decent and the beige tones in the cabin make the Sail look a bit dull on the inside. The dashboard doesn’t look like anything out of the ordinary, although the protruding centre console is smart in its own right. What takes some getting used to are the power window switches, which are awkwardly positioned in front of the gear lever, and the small digital tachometer. The lift-type door locks are a bit old-school too, and you’re also likely to rue the absence of steering-mounted audio controls even on the top LT spec cars. Top variant Sails do get an audio system with Bluetooth audio streaming and telephony, however. Front seat comfort on the whole is good (though there’s no driver seat height adjustment or dead pedal), and visibility is nice too. Rear seat occupants will like the space on offer. There’s good knee room and headroom is also sufficient for anyone under six feet tall. What’s nice is that Chevrolet has softened the seat back cushion (a complaint on the Sail U-VA) and this has greatly enhanced comfort. As with the U-VA, the Sail comes with its fuel tank under the front seats, and this creates a natural footrest for the rear passengers – whether or not you like it is a matter of taste. This layout has also freed up some storage space under the rear seat, enough for a couple of soft bags. All in all, the Sail scores quite well in terms of space for smaller items, with a total of six bottle-holders (including two in the rear centre armrest) and a large recess just ahead of the gear lever. Like the hatchback version, the Sail is available with a 1.2-litre petrol or a 1.3-litre diesel engine. We drove the 85bhp, 1.2 Smartech-equipped Sail first and liked the engine for its top-range pep. It’s a motor that’s quite comfortable at part throttle, but is unquestionably at its best in the 4000-6000rpm band. However, the engine is quite noisy and the sound gets quite intrusive above 3000rpm. What also takes away from the experience is the snappy, long-travel clutch. The five-speed gearbox on the petrol is also not that precise and is rubbery to use. The Sail diesel proved to be more impressive. The engine is the same 1.3 Multijet used on a wide array of cars in India, and in the Sail comes with a fixed-geometry turbo to produce 77bhp. Chevrolet’s engineers have done a great job to smoothen this engine’s power delivery. There’s decent power off boost, and even when the turbo comes in at around 2000rpm, the power doesn’t come in sharply like in a Dzire. The build of power is gradual and helps make the Sail easy to drive in city conditions. The smooth-shifting gearbox and fairly well-weighted clutch only help matters. Mid-range performance is good too, though the Sail doesn’t seem to have quite as much top-end grunt as the Dzire. We liked the Sail’s steering for the minimal effort it required at parking speeds, but were quite disappointed by how disconnected it felt when we ventured onto the highway. Surprisingly, straight-line stability is also not all that good, and calls for a firm hand on the wheel at all times. The petrol car’s steering does offer a little more by way of feedback, but even then it’s not really entertaining to drive. There’s plenty of roll around corners too. But if not for handling, you’ll definitely like the Sail for its ride quality. The suspension easily absorbs the worst of our potholes, while the 175/70 R14 tyres do a nice job of smoothening out smaller imperfections. It really is one of the best riding saloons around. On the whole, the Sail come across as a pretty interesting product. It looks smart, has a spacious cabin and a useable boot, and really impressive ride quality. In diesel avatar, the Sail seems well suited to city use and promises to deliver on the fuel economy front too, with an ARAI-test figure of 22.1kpl. The petrol Sail is not bad on this front either, with a claimed fuel economy of 18.2kpl. Were the petrol motor more refined and the cabin better finished, the Sail would have been an excellent all rounder. The problem is the Sail is up against some very stiff competition from the Maruti Swift Dzire, Mahindra Verito, Toyota Etios and Tata Manza. But if Chevrolet can price the Sail between Rs 6 lakh for the base petrol model and Rs 7.5 lakh for the top-end diesel, it could just have itself its first big mid-size saloon success.
  13. Mercedes has revealed its much talked about CLA compact sedan at the Detroit Motor Show 2013. This will be the entry level sedan in the Mercedes line up and will be positioned below the C Class. Surely Merc is targeting a bigger market . Im not too fond of Merc's current design but Im waitng to see how this looks in the flesh. At 4630mm in length, 1777mm in width and 1437mm in height, the CLA is 40mm longer, a scant 7mm wider and 43mm lower than the existing C-class. However, the C-class is set to grow dramatically in its next incarnation as part of a significant realignment of the Mercedes line-up brought about by a decision to pursue sales more aggressively in the world’s two largest markets, China and North America. Mercedes is talking up the aerodynamic properties of its sleek new entry-level saloon. It claims an overall drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.22 for an upcoming CLA180 BlueEfficiency Edition model that will go on sale in some markets from June. Its 0.22 Cd represents a record for a series-production car. Regular models have a Cd of 0.23. A 120bhp four-cylinder 1.6-litre engine, developed in cooperation with Renault, will power the base C180 model. A turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol powerplant with 208bhp will appear in the initial range-topping CLA250. The sole diesel model at launch will be the CLA220 CDI, powered by a 168bhp 2.1-litre turbodiesel. Other engines will follow, including a highly tuned turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder developed by AMG. Said to boast a specific output of over 174bhp per litre, it is set to provide the upcoming four-wheel-drive CLA45 AMG with a BMW-M135i-topping 349bhp. Full story here: http://www.autocarindia.com/News/328739,mercedes-cla-compact-saloon-revealed.aspx
  14. Hi There is little or no buzz about Sail Sedan.....yet I find that car somehow appealing. So when is it expected to launch and what will be its on road price? It it going to compete with entry level sedans(Etios...Verito...Dzire) or a little higher ones(Vento....Verna..etc) Sail Hatch starts at 5.3 lakh(on road-Mumbai) according to autocar so how much extra would its sedan version cost? My assumption 70k more for sedan version If launched at starting price(on-road) of 6lakh, sounds a perfect VFM Your Views please Live long and prosper!
  15. I have a budget of 6 lakhs (max) & am looking for a Sedan car out of Etios vs.Ford Classic vs. Sunny vs.Manza club class. Pls tell which of these has better mileage, drivabiity & is best VFM car. My city drive is nearly 300 kms pm only and no highway drive. We are a family of 5 adults & 1 kid but we normally go only 4 persons in a car at a time. it is only once in 4-5 months that we all go together. I will keep the car for next 7 yrs or so.
  16. Honda has given a teaser of it upcoming Brio based sedan (Black car) . This car is said to hit the Indian market in 2013 and will be powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine. It is also said that it will be a sub 4 meter sedan which will give it excise benefits. Honda seems to have a winner on its hands and this has everything to become the king of its segment. And atlast from the teaser pic it seems to be a decent looker as well Question is is this car the ace up Honda's sleeve which can turn out to be a Dzire , Verito and Indigo CS killer? With a right price I feel so Last pic credit and source: IndianAutosBlog
  17. In one of the biggest SCOOPs in recent times, Hondas global CEO has confirmed that it will be launching an entry level diesel sedan based on the Brio for India and it will be launched BEFORE the Brio diesel hatch. Of course both these cars are coming in the next fiscal. Exciting times for the Indian car buyers ahead. Do you think these cars will be game changers? Im sure these will open up price wars up and down the segments. What do you think?