Richie Rich

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  1. The 2014 Auto Expo has been all about Concept Cars and Facelifts. Almost all car manufactures have showcased new Concepts which they intend to launch in India. That proves the fact that India has now become a major auto market on the global road map. It shows that the brands are now taking into consideration the specific needs of the Indian customer and offering products and features which cater to those. Brands like Honda have constantly evolved their vehicles to suit to the changing tastes and also upgrading the features on their models. Honda City - their flagship model in India was recently introduced in its 4th generation version. It is a great car with greater features. Honda also showcased its new concepts like the NSX an XS1 along with the new Jazz and Mobilio which will be launched later this year.
  2. Yes, Tata's compact SUV concept will also be there. But the most crowded stall will be that of Honda. The new Honda City is going to grab more than just eyeballs. I am super impressed with the images seen so far. Looks a stunner. Just waiting to feel that car! So excited!
  3. Honda city will also be showcased.. I will finally get to see the car! I have always cherished Honda and specially its City.
  4. I dont agree! Honda has not and will never lose its charm. As long as cars like Honda city are there! And giving us the most fuel efficient car at the time of petrol hikes, I think that's even more wonderful!
  5. I think the best and the most awaited car in 2014 is the All New Honda City! With Fuel economy of 26kmpl, powered by 1.5-litre, i-VTEC and i-DTEC mills, and other remarkable features, I think it is a complete power-packed car!
  6. I think you should go for Honda Brio. The cheeky little Honda has big hopes riding on it, and with Honda's impressive international track record with small cars, this one should be a cracker. Great packaging of interior space, great design and a peppy drive will be the brio's talking points. To see how fun Brio is, check out this video: http://bit.ly/1d36vVr
  7. A is beautiful outside and powerful inside. Totally amazing as it is christened! It has a powerful engine and a lot of boot space. You can see the car from inside and outside here: http://bit.ly/1d36vVrI'>http://bit.ly/1d36vVrI would suggest you to go with Honda Amaze. It is beautiful outside and powerful inside. Totally amazing as it is christened! It has a powerful engine and a lot of boot space. You can see the car from inside and outside here: http://bit.ly/1d36vVr
  8. Hyundai Verna looks great but I think Honda City is better with it's new features and new diesel engine. Also, the CVT variabts seem quite promising. What would you suggest?
  9. Hi! I think Honda has refreshed the interiors of the new City and it has a lot more space and features than the existing car. It feels as spacious as a Civic. Also, the new City has been loaded with several features like touchscreen infotainment system and touch air-conditioning controls which make it all the more better!
  10. I had been eagerly waiting for the launch! The features of the All New Honda city seem promising! I still remember the 1st generation City (VTEC engine) in 1996. It is amazing how they have maintained the calibre & the excellence till the 4th. It's a legacy!
  11. 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.
  12. Well, I am planning to buy one of these. And I tend not to discuss every little detail as I am not very well aware. So, simply, I asked which one is worth buying... So, it will be great if you guys could guide me through the pros and cons. Thanks in advance..
  13. Which is the best entry level sedan in the country and why? - Honda Amaze - Volkswagen Vento - Swift Dzire - Skoda Rapide - Or any other car?
  14. 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!
  15. The car is getting rave reviews, however, it needs to be seen whether it can last the test of time. Besides that, if Honda continue to walk the current part, I think they will certainly give a good fight to Maruti. After all, Honda provides one of the best after sale services in the world.
  16. So, I believe Honda wins this round... Right? May I ask why?
  17. Hi guys, If you had to choose a car brand, based on its service, quality, pricing etc. Which brand would you choose?
  18. That is exactly where i get stuck at. I believe somehow that Amaze is a better offering and going by practicality and fuel efficiency, it is better to go for the Amaze
  19. Hi Kamal Saxena I will agree that philosophically the Amaze seems better. But I will have to disagree about Amaze not being luxurious enough. It has better Leg room at the rear which makes it comfortable not only for the driver but the passengers as well. Apart from that it has electric folding side view mirrors which adds to its charm
  20. With a lot of buzz around the rivals Dzire and Amaze, its clear that Amaze has the finesse of a Honda and the desire comes with the reliability that Maruti stands for. However with such cut-throat similarity and competition one needs to consider the smaller things for eg. the design. I would want you to come up with perspectives where we can decide which is a better designed car out of the two. i personally like Honda Amaze not just because its fresh looking but also has been designed intelligently. Like the 400 ltrs bootspace. The shorter front for a roomier cabin and back. The front grill which looks elegant. Overall a proportionate car where the boot does not look as an ugly extension.
  21. Hyundai i20 v/s Honda Amaze: Honda Amaze comes with all the essential comfort features like power windows, power steering, music system, central locking, and a powerful AC. The dashboard again has a striking resemblance to its sibling in Brio with the same central console containing all the essential controls. The look of the steel arches from the side, gives Amaze a sporty look. The back is proportionate to the front part of the car differentiating it from the other compact sedans. The chrome panels on the back, gives the car the occasional premium touch. The fluidic design gives the eye-catching effect to the i20. The multi reflector front fog lamps, built in the lower section of the bumper and the 8 spoke alloy wheels give the car a very sporty look. The flush mounted headlamps near the front grille give a very clear vision for a better driving comfort. Like all hatchbacks, Hyundai gives the extra bit of boot space with the i20 too. Looking inside the bonnet of Amaze, the power does not betray Honda’s name with the car reaching 100 km/hr in a mere 13 seconds. Honda Amaze boasts of 25.8 kmpl for the diesel variant, again the best in class, hence balancing the two ends of the balance very well. The i-Vtec engine is pitched as the most powerful and fuel efficient engine in the segment, leaving its competitors miles behind. Hyundai i20’s engine, on paper is one of the finest hatchback engines on paper, with great power and a decent mileage. But when compared to the compact sedan, Honda Amaze, which is built on the platform of a hatchback itself, the frugal engine of i20, seems not so economical. Here also, the i-VTEC engine of Amaze, leaves the i20, far behind. Renault Duster v/s Honda Amaze: The exteriors of the both the cars are good, Duster gives you the feel of a sporty off-roader. Honda as always goes with the premium classy look. 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. 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 seem to have balanced the two ends very well. Which car would you choose and why?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. dr_Nishu: I agree with you completely, i considered all of them as Sedan because of the extra boot that gives an impression of being a sedan for an aspirational consumer. Thanx for replying :-)
  25. With skyrocketing petrol prices and still on the low side diesel prices combined with the high performance of diesel powered cars the Indian car industry is seeing a shift from petrol to diesel.This is quite recent and no one knows how long it will take to become a paradigm shift. Yet Diesel cars are a hot topic to ponder upon. A flurry of diesel sedans has been brought into the market by almost all the major car makers of India. Talk of Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Chevy or Hyundai, everyone is eyeing the segment. Today we would discuss the segment of sedans below the 7 lacs price range. 1. Honda Amaze : Within first few weeks of the launch, Honda Amaze has set achieved sparkling results for the company, first the pre-launch booking showed the promotion of Honda worked for it, this time. The bookings of the car in the first 3 weeks, are overwhelming for the company and left the market leader and its closest rival Swift Dzire. The best-in-class power output and best-in-industry mileage figures, the Amaze is a well priced product and it costs even lesser to many premium hatches. The company has also delivered 4852 units in April, which helped the company record a growth of 20%.Honda Amaze was rolled out at an attractive price of Rs 4.99 lakh and 5.99 lakh in petrol and diesel versions respectively. 2. Maruti Swift Dzire : Maruti Swift Dzire has been the actual car that opened this segment in India and made the compact sedan, the buzz word. The engine is the new Maruti K_series engine, which has been one of the best engine innovations in the recent times. The brand image of Maruti, the marketing efforts and a decent product, have produced the desired result, making Swift Dzire the leader of the class. 3. Chevrolet Sail : Chevy has not made its grounds as far as India is concerned. Launched in February, 2013, the Sail was priced at Rs. 5,00,000 which has made the market look upto Sail and resulted in good number of advance bookings.Chevrolet Sail comes in both petrol and diesel engine options. A 1.2-litre, 84.8bhp mill powers the petrol version and a 1.3-litre, 76.9bhp diesel engine. 4. Toyota Etios : Toyota launched the Etios series in their new looks at a starting price of Rs. 4.45 lacs for the Liva series and 5.45 lacs fore the Etios respectively. The company has introduced quite a few changes. Changes to the exterior include a redesigned front grille with chrome finish, rear combination lamps with distinct fin pattern that gives it a sleek look, new indicators on side view mirrors and a newly introduced Classic Grey colour shade to add to the style quotient of the vehicles. The interiors are dual tone which gives a premium finish and comfortable seats with enough leg room and head space making the Etios a worthy opponent in the class. 5. Tata Indigo CS: The Indigo CS is a car that falls between a hatchback and a sedan. The mirrors have chrome strips that liven up their look. The profile is identical to the Indigo's, but differs from it when you reach the rear end. The tail-lamp of the car is redesigned and Tata was able to squeeze in a boot just under the regulation size of four metres to qualify for an excise cut and pass on the attractive price to the consumer. The diesel variant gives a fuel economy of 14 kmpl in the city and 19 kmpl on the highway. The car is a breeze to ride and it does justice to the price it is offered at. The price of the Indigo Cs begins at 4.4 lakh. The car is good value for money and the name of Tata adds trust to it. The sedans in the compact sedan market are giving each other a tough competition and the customer has a plethora of available options. We just hope, that the best car ‘wins’.