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  1. Jaguar XF and XJ are segment leaders in U.K., and XF alone have won more than 60 international awards. JLR models have poor sales in India due to their limited dealers and high price as they are being imported as CBU's. if Tata can address both these issues, I am sure that can sell as well as the German Trio. My son has bought XF 3.0 D Sports in U.K., this September. I had finalized the car after evaluating BMW and Mercedes, and I found the XF to be vastly superior. If any body has details of their sales figures in India, please do post. akj53in2011-01-05 14:01:46
  2. @ DD The new 7 series is not looming in the horizon. It is already here. But yes competition is increasing. However sadly despite being locally assembled, Merc, BMW and Audi are all pricing their cars as if they were CBU imports and pockeing the duty benefits themselves. I would love to see the prices dropping to the European levels.
  3. May God please save the person who buys this car from errant motorists, bikers, truckers, drivers of all other kind of jugads running on our roads, pedestrians and animals. He may please also be saved from hitting stones and all other kind of 'road decorations' strewn on our roads and also being stuck on top of a speed breaker. It will be best for him to buy a 'platform type tow truck' and install the car on top of that. He can then sit in the driver's seat of Veyron and truck's driver can drive the truck to the club to showcase the car.
  4. I am sorry to say that the car may be good but HM does not have the dealer network and the expertise to market and support any vehicle in big volumes.
  5. Congratulations Sharmil. In Noida, dealer is offering discount of 30,000 or free insurance. Hope you also got a similar deal.
  6. That will prove to be a wonderful combination but the price may go up to Honda Jazz territory.
  7. BTW this thread is about Sales figures, so we should restrict the discussion under this thread to sales figures.
  8. I read somewhere that VW plan to use the MS dealership network for its sales and service operations, like Tata-Fiat. If it happens, VW will get a nation wide network on a platter. However I hope that VW cars do not meet the same fate as that of FIAT India.
  9. I seriously doubt it. As fas as I know' date=' RPM is rotation per minute of engine shaft, even if it is not in neutral. [/quote'] Not true. Engine RPM is Revolutions per minute at the flywheel. This is not related to car at all. Even if the engine is not fitted to a car, it can be run for testing purpose and while running it will have RPMs. Engine manufacturers run a bare engine to tune it for torque and power at different RPMs and for testing reliability. akj53in2009-12-08 04:55:05
  10. When JRD Tata was searching for his successor and zeroed on Ratan overlooking claims of many other seniors, doubts were raised about Ratan's capability to lead the group. But he has proved himself to more than a worthy successor to the legendary JRD, who himself took the reins of the company at a young age of 23. The philosophy and DNA of Tata group is unique in the corporate jungle of India. There are many untold stories like the above narrated by anjan. I think an Indian will be the best person to lead the group with the same business tradition.
  11. 12.5 WITH AC on is very good milage for a car of this size. My driving is also with AC on always. Using an auto box with only 4 gears, I expected a difference of about 1.5 kmph from a manual. Endless waiting at a red light or in a traffic jam with engine and AC running reduces the FE very much. Last week somebody broke my wind screen while we were attending a marriage function. Now my dealer has given me an estimate of 12,500 for changing the same which is a fat amount. I am not claiming insurance on this as my No Claim Bonus is higher than the claim amount. I will get it repaired on Saturday. This will be the first major expense on the car in 8 months although not due to Toyota.
  12. @ dr_nishu nice list you have compiled but I doubt if Bentley Mulsanne and Jaguar XJ will be displayed as such cars have a very exclusive clientage which does not like so much crowd. If at all Tata puts up a stall for Jaguar then Jag XF and Range Rover models will alo be displayed. Same goes for Mulsanne, which if displayed will be showcased with Continental GT and Flying Spur. How I would love to see those cars.
  13. This issue was discussed in length on a earlier thread also. So why a new thread. I will stand by my own experience. I had got it filled in my Matiz and an immediate vast improvement in ride quality was observed. I did not keep a track for other improvement parameters so cant vouch for those. The only reason I discontinued N2 because the only filling station was way out of my normal route. I however now plan to get it filled in my Altis, as now I frequently pass through that road. Non believers should get it filled once and then evaluate the results themselves rather than going in a long tech discussion. Rs 100 is not such a big amount and can be easily written off as a R&D expense, in case of disappointing results.
  14. The above news is shocking if true. But we dont seem to have heard of any such incidents in India.
  15. video has been removed from the site. This news should be posted / pasted every where to remind all drivers of using mobile phones while driving.
  16. Whatever the cost of that massive advertisement in TOI, VW got what they wanted. The ad delivered the message with a sledge hammer punch and established the brand in ONE DAY. So it was money well spent. I salute the persons who initiated this idea and who authorised the 'Go Ahead'. Also it was spent better than paying a handsome amount to some good-for-nothing film star. Hindustan Lever is supposed to have paid Aish and Abhishek a mind boggling 25 crores for a Lux TV ad. Does any body even remember the ad. Did any body initiate even a single discussion about that. That was money down the drain. By this VW has announced their presence and established their size as the largest auto maker in Indian public's mind. It also confirms that VW is here to stay as a serious player. It also informed the public about various new technologies. Granted some of these technologies are already available in the market, but most of customers buy them without being aware of their function and benefits. Heck even the sales staff does not know about most of the technical stuff. The ad has also increased the technical awareness. I can now imagine asking customers from a Maruti or Tata salesman if their car has DSG box or a TSI engine. Just imagine the replies they would be getting from the sales staff. The number of posts on our thread "Comedy of Errors on India Dealerships" in going to increase suddenly. Let us stop worrying about the money they have spent. Large MNCs have very deep pockets and this is small change for them. And they will a very very large adv. budget as the real blitz is going to roll out now. Let us look forward to the customer benefits. As world's 2 largest car makers begin their full fledged Indian assault, more and better competition will mean better products and better services at lower prices. Dealers wil stop making arrogant comments like 'Honda is Honda Saar'. And VW is too experienced a company with too much money at stake so we can also rest our doubts about not getting proper A.S.S. Let us all now welcome Volks Wagen.
  17. Yes they are now preparing the ground for mass scale marketing. Entry of another largest player in the world will mean increased competition, better products, better service standards and lower prices for the customers. Welcome Volkswagen
  18. @ Creativebala You have covered most of main virtues of Matiz. I will add Super durability to your list. I never had the GC issue with my car.
  19. @ bluesapphire It will be best to buy after Auto Expo in January. You will get a 2010 model and fate of all new models will be announced in Auto Expo, so you can make a better decision then. Out of the cars which you have mentioned, Civic should be ruled out as it not VFM, low on features, low GC, high fuel consumption, lower seats so not comfortable for your parents, lower ingress and egress position so again un comfortable for your parents. Further it is the oldest model in your choices and feels outdated. Laura petrol is a good car for spirited driving and not good as a comfortable family car. Further it has the Skoda A.S.S. problem so buying it is a risk. Cruze appears to be a good car with good service backup with no known problems so far. Main advantage is diesel engine. Resale vale will be low. Check this for comfort factor with your parents. Jetta is a solid & long lasting car with a boring engine. Cant say about maintenance standards but costs will be high. Suspect resale value. Check for comfort levels. No engine upgrades expected immediately as VW is busy with Polo launch. Buy it if you want to keep the car for long period. Altis is fuel efficient, comfortable and a trouble free car with least maintenance costs and problems. High resale value. High torque in low rpms makes it best to drive in town. Take your parents with you to TD it and they may find it most comfortable. Also try the Automatic version. They may love the silky smooth jerk less drive. There is no ideal car ticking all the boxes. Define your priorities and select one which meets most of your criteria. Good luck.
  20. @ DD Just to update you, Spark's last 6 month's (May to Oct 09) monthly sales figures are as follows:- May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. 3042 2728 2931 3679 4687 4231 Above are decent numbers. akj53in2009-11-09 02:35:41
  21. Jazz (830) has joined the rank of flops like Fabia (779) and UVA (599) mainly due to the absurd premium pricing policy of Honda. All other Honda models are also hit due to the same reason. Civic trails behind Altis and Cruze, Accord is beaten by Superb and CRV is now in 'also ran' category. Do not know when Honda will realise its mistakes. City is selling in decent numbers only because of absence of any worthy competition. Let Polo Sedan and Toyota enter in this segment and situation will change. I think Civic will stablise around 300-400 numbers after January as the upgrade is merely cosmetic. Toyota has 3 segment leaders in Altis, Innova and Fortuner. In fact Fortuner has outsold 'all other SUV's combined' in its segment. The sleeping giant is waking up in India. Please assemble Camry in India. Audi Q7 is king in Premium SUV's. Mercedes leads 2 segments with S and C class. BMW leads with 5 series over E class only because it sells 5 models of 5 series as compared to single E350. Situation will change as Merc launches more models of E class. Volvo is leader in buses but its cars have not proved to be a hit with Indian customers. Despite customer's apprehension to its A.S.S. problems, Skoda still manages to lead one segment by Superb despite Skoda's limited reach. Its Laura can overtake Civic in coming months.