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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. Dear Members, Recently i started my hunting for my dream wheels, after watching first ride, review and impressions and so on. I need Solid Bike to be a beast. My Requirements are 1. Dual Channel ABS 2. Naked Look 3. Fuel Injector 4. Mileage around 30-40 KMPL 5. Low maintenance About me : My daily Usage in City Limit will be around 50 KM and 20 KM on highway, and Every 15 Days Road trip of around 500-600 KM My Inspiration From Some Premium Bikes 1. Suzuki Gixxer - Handling 2. Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS - Triple Spark 3. Yamaha FZ v2.0 - Rear Tyre, Fuel Injector, 4. Royal Enfield - Solid Feel 5. Honda Hornet - Look 6.Dominar 400 - Performance, Projector Headlamp My plan is about on June or July , ready to weight for right Beast, Please Help me To land on Right Path
  3. 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
  4. S Cross - Seen in Flesh

    I actually searched for a S Cross topic and found none! Is this car not gathering enough interest? Well, I got a few snaps from a dealership under the Nexa flagship here in Pune. Attaching a few pics. I loved the car.. and it looks much much better compared to the i20 Active. And I feel it is a good alternative to those who do not want to drive a bulky duster around.. more car like.. crossover. I was not allowed to drive this yet. It would be open for test drives only after its launch. Bookings are at a mere 11000/- fully refundable if you don't like it when you drive it. There is no guarantee on price rises. Was not allowed to click any interior pics.. but they are all available around on the internet. The look and feel was definitely good though. Notice - there is no badge on the car. This was a 1.6 though!
  5. 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
  6. Hi guys, I want to replace the horn on my bike (Suzuki Gixxer) with one of those manufactures by Bosch or any other reputed brand. Reason for this is because the horn on my bike is very weak and sounds like a scooty horn. Today I went to local markets in Bangalore (JC Road and surrounding areas) to find one, but all they had were car horns which were too powerful. Can you guys please suggest me a model which I can go for? Thanks.
  7. Hi guys, I recently bought a Suzuki Gixxer but sadly the horn on the bike is really pathetic. Sounds like it has been taken from one of their low-end scooters. Can you kindly suggest me a powerful horn from one of the other bikes on Indian roads, e.g. Pulsar, Enfield, etc., which I can put on my bike instead. Also, can I go for a dual horn setup? Thanks.
  8. Hi, I own a Yamaha SS 125 and considering an upgrade. I am 5'7" tall and weigh 62 Kgs. I am confused between Yamaha SZ - RR, Suzuki GS 150R and Honda Trigger. Below are my priorities listed in descending order (higher to lower). I live in Bangalore and my riding will be mostly in city and little bit of weekend getways ranging 150 kms to and fro. Handling Braking Performance Comfort Price Mileage Concerns about mentioned bikes: Trigger - Not that easy to zip through traffic Suzuki GS 150R - 6 gears which could be troublesome in traffic and rear seat looks very tall Yamaha SZ - RR - Plastics surrounding tank might get damaged easily in parking Please advise me which one to choose and why?
  9. Hi guys, I was planning to buy the new FZ-S 2.0, but after the launch of Gixxer, I am really confused as the latter has really stood out in reviews and test-drives. Can someone guide me as to which one should I go for? Thanks.
  10. 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/
  11. Got these pictures from a reliable source that this could be the 2014 Suzuki Alto for the international market. Looking at the pictures it does seem that the new car gets a tall boy stance. The whole profile looks very i10 like now. This could be the next gen A Star for India Internationally it will get the 1.0-litre Kseries petrol motor same as the current car. India could get a downsized version of the 1.3 Multijet. Atleast from the spy shots it looks better than the current A Star for sure Source: Autoblog.it
  12. Birth of the Estate / Stationwagon in India? Wikipedia defines a station wagon as : Practcally speaking a Station Wagon is a 5 seater car with its boot fitted within the cabin area. Now imagine a family of 5 going for a long drive and they have enough suitcases which can fit into either a sedan / station wagon. Both of these would offer almost the similar amount of luggage space - however there are a few positives and negatives for each : Tata was the first manufacturer to introduce the Indian market to the world of Estates / Stationwagons in 1992. And what more better name than naming it after the bodystyle - Estate. The Tata Estate was also the first proper car manufactured by Tata and boasted of many features which were then considered luxurious - height adjustable power steering, all 4 power windows, 15 inch wheels with wide tyres, tachometer, rear wiper. In addition to these luxuries, it also boasted loads and loads of cabin and luggage space - a combination which none of the manufacturers could offer then. The Estate also was a good looker - all thanks to the design cues taken from the Mercedes Benz T Series (E Class Estate). All these factors combined resulted in the Tata Estate being a hit in the market. Mind you - the bodyline (stationwagon) had nothing to do with the success of the Tata Estate. The Tata Estate however had a couple of drawbacks - it was a very unrefined and crude car and was a quality disaster (obviously since it was just a testing ground for Tata). There were other more refined and fuel efficient vehicles in the market - Maruti 1000, Maruti Esteem, Daewoo Cielo which were priced almost the same as the Estate. Also, Tata had launched the mighty Sumo to cater to the UV market (which then was dominated by the Mahindra Armada). People looking for a lot of space and seating capacity moved from the Tata Estate to the Tata Sumo. And those looking for a good refined car moved to the 1000, Esteem, Cielo. Basically it was Tata's own product - the Sumo - which killed the Estate. For the limited period of time that the Estate was manufactured and till the Tata Sumo arrived, the Estate managed to sell in decent numbers. Although the thread title states that the Altura was the 2nd Estate in India - this title ideally goes to the Rover Montego Estate which was launched only for a brief period in 1994. The car, although way much ahead of its time - hardly sold in even decent numbers. Years later as the Indian market and economy opened up - new segment of cars started pouring in. Manufacturers started getting in their expensive models to get a good share of the luxury car market. Maruti Udyog Limited had launched their flagship model then - the new Baleno which had just received a facelift in internationally. Not only did MUL have its presence felt in all the segments - small car (800/Zen), Entry level sedan (1000). mid-size luxury sedan (Esteem), UV/MUV segment (Omni), SUV (Gypsy), high end luxury sedan (Baleno) - it was also leading them in sales. It was now time for them to tap into a segment which was left untouched after the Tata Estate. So in late 2000 / early 2001, MUL launched the Baleno Altura. Fiat and Opel lost no time and decided to jump into the estate bandwaon without even doing an evaluation. They blindly went aheas and launched the Siena Weekendand the Corsa Swing respectively. But this wasnt the end of the Estate market in India. In 2004, Tata tried to make a comeback into the estate market with the Indica based station - Indigo Marina - wagon but that too did not do well and was a flop. Skoda went one segment higher than Maruti Suzuki and launched the Octavia Combi but this too couldnt not re-ignite the market in the way the original Tata Estate did. Why the Stationwagon flopped in India? All these station wagons (including the Indigo Marina and the Octavia Combi) - suffered the same fate - they all flopped. And all due to the same reasons : 1. PRICE : Station wagons were priced more higher than their sedan counterparts. The Altura It was an expensive Maruti at Rs 9 lakhs. Until the Baleno hit the market - the most expensive car in MUL's stable was the Maruti Esteem. At an on-road price if Rs 9 lakh, the Baleno was more then twice the price of the Esteem. And the market couldnt accept such an expensive luxury car with a "Maruti" tag. I believe the same is the case with todays models - the Kizashi and Grand Vitara are amazing cars - but havent been a success. The high price of the Baleno / Altura was also due to it being assembled - rather than manufactured in India. If MUL had chosen to manufacture the Baleno in India and localise most of the parts - the Baleno/Altura may have sold in decent numbers. So Price was the main reason that made look buyers away from this car. 2. PERCEPTION : Stationwagons, in India, were perceived (and still are) as a Utility Vehicle (UV) more than a lifestyle product. Stationwagons are more looked at as vehicles which are used to carry heavy loads or luggages - and therefore was not acceptable socially(?). A first time luxury car buyer would be more image conscious and hence a sedan would suit his needs much more than a station wagon. 3. PRACTCALITY : How practical was a station wagon then compared to the other options available in the market? What more does the station wagon offer that the sedan does not? To understand the practicality of a Station Wagon, lets first understand what a Station Wagon actually is. Sedan +ve's : Boot is deep. Luggage in invisible to the outside world and keeps thieves away. You have good visibility since there is nothing to obstruct your rear view. Sedan -ve's Boot space is limited. Passenger needs to step out of the vehicle everytime something needs to be removed from the boot. Stationwagon +ve's Although the boot starts a bit higher than the sedan, it compromises in offering more height (till the roof). Luggage and load is easily accessible from inside the car. Long items can be easily loaded into the car by flipping all the seats. Stationwagon -ve's Your luggage is visible to the outside world and there are more chances of them being robbed. Just a knock on the rear windscreen is enough to access your boot. If the boot area is fully loaded, it may hamper visibility and hence maybe a pain to park. 4. The MUV/UV : Yes, a big part of the contribution towards the failure of the Station Wagon segment in India is the Utility Vehicle / Multi Utility vehicle. The average individual who considers buying a station wagon is mainly looking out for a comfortable 5 seater with loads of luggage space. This requirement could be fulfilled easily by a UV/MUV at almost half the price and double the seating capacity. Why, then, would someone buy a Station Wagon? During the Tata Estate days, people could chose the Tata Sumo which was much more spacious. During the Altura/Swing/Weekend days, people could chose a Qualis/Bolero/Sumo. The extra space available in a station wagon could only be used as only that - Extra Space. I am sure if the extra space was converted into extra seating capacity - station wagons would have sold like hot cakes. But then again - we already had MUVs / SUVs which could do the same job at a much lesser price and would also run on cheaper fuel - like the Tata Sumo. Mahindra Bolero and the Toyota Qualis. This was the wrong car introduced at the wrong time (and can you imagine - its been almost 10 years things have not changed yet). Like I said earlier, in India nothing killed the stationwagon more than the Multi Utility Vehicle. If you look now as well, no manufacturer would dare lauch a stationwagon in India. You already have cars like the Duster, Ertiga, Evalia, Xylo and Innova which do a much better job in terms of space and comfort. So while the REAL Estate market (property) appreciated in India in the new millenium, the real estate market (cars) only kept depreciating. The Baleno/Altura flopping in the market meant : Production would stop soon and spareparts would be rare and expensive. Resale prices would drop drastically. Second hand car buyers could rejoice cos they could get a 10 lakh car for just half the price (or less).
  13. 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.
  14. Suzuki has revealed the first few images of the new S-Cross crossover concept. This will in future form the base of the next-gen SX4 hatch, which is sold in international markets. It may also come to India later in a saloon form, just like the current car. The S-Cross concept gets bold styling with LED headlamps and huge chrome wheels. It also gets LED DRLs in front. Rear styling looks a bit Audi-inspired, especially in the design of the tail lamps. There are no details on engines yet. Suzuki will officially unveil this concept at the ongoing Paris Motor Show 2012. Link to Paris Motor Show Gallery: http://www.autocarindia.com/Gallery/317009,paris-motor-show-2012-preview-gallery.aspx