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  1. I like electric blue of Ford Fiesta S, but sadly no other manufacture seemed to have a warm heart for this colour. Colour choice is vastly dependent upon the car one picks , IMHO. Black looks cool in a big muscular car but looks out of place in a cutesy car like Micra. Similar, I can not imagine a Safari or a Fortuner in copper colour of Micra. Colours like white and silver looks good on most of the cars and thats why they are too common.
  2. @CrazyDoc: Nobody is pushing his or her agenda here. Govt. has performed an act of brutality and we are discussing here from the perspective of common man. If we continue to keep silence on atrocities/corruption of Govt., it will lower itself into abysmal level. @sgiitk: Supreme court IMHO is doing a commendable job off late to partially clear the mess of corruption created by our ministers. Govt. now a days is taking a high moral ground to state that it is punishing corrupt ministers. But fact is some of corrupt ministers are in jail (not convicted : mind you) due to Supreme Court taking a tough stand against corruption and keeping a close eye on CBI.
  3. I think yesterday night episode is too significant to wrap it under the carpets and move on. This issue is not about ***g vs **P. It is the arbitrariness of present govt. which is detrimental to any democracy. People's participation should always be encouraged in democracy. However here some minister is preaching us about who should involve in politics and who should not. Is our democracy been hijacked by a few people? Baba Ramdev might be a controversial figure. I am not supporting him. But if he has dome some misdeed in the past then govt. should prepare a case against him based upon facts and evidence. First govt placated him and tried to use him against Anna Hazare. When he did not relent suddenly govt. realized that he is a thug. This type of flip-flop suggest that something is definitely rotten in this govt. We need to ask now whether we common people are at the mercy of some whimsical ministers. Today it happened to people at Ramlia ground: tomorrow it happened to any other protesters. So should we all shut our mouth and encourage corrupt practices of ministers? No names please: MODS sgiitk2011-06-07 03:33:17
  4. I got a tweet yesterday from Toyota_Etios confirming June end launch. Heard that NDTV has reviewed Liva: got to watch the show.
  5. Honda is handicapped by the lack of diesel engine. No second opinion about it. However, its petrol cars are also no longer the default choice for petrolheads: reason being price & lack of feature. Honda should try some cost cutting method in its operation to keep the cost in check. They should treat Toyota as bench mark. Civic should be priced at par with Corolla, Brio with Liva & CR-V with Fortuner. At present, all the non-performing Honda cars are overpriced w.r.t. competition. itssanguine2011-06-02 11:49:04
  6. @Bornfree: Your signature is apt for reflecting Honda's present situation.
  7. @TSiVipul: You are very right to point out that Fiat Punto & Linea deserves to sell more. But some initial goof up in marketing and quality control has created a susceptible image in the minds of 'Aam Janta'. Only the enthusiast can overcome this issue. Also Fiat petrol engines are not very efficient and astronomical rise in petrol price has not make it easier. As per reports, Fiat has no plans to introduce new engines but face-lift of Punto is on card. Punto with T-Jet would have been the ultimate hot hatch in India!
  8. Figures of Fiat & Maruti Suzuki: Fiat Linea : 845 Punto : 1298 Palio : 5 Maruti Suzuki: M800 : 2262 Omni : 9333 Alto : 25393 Estilo : 2372 WagonR : 12736 Dzire : 10812 SX4 : 2702 Eeco : 6212 Swift : 12742 A-Star : 1734 Ritz : 6071 Kizashi : 50 Gypsy : 1099 G Vitara : 1 Observations: Interesting to note the steady figures of Fiat Linea & Punto. Despite numerous launches, they are constantly clocking 2000+ marks. This by no means a great figure. But it shows that Fiat has developed a small fan base for its cars. Punto & Linea customers are those who chose heart over head. That's why new launch or rising price have not make any serious dent in their sale figures. Another steady performer is Micra- building a good repo in urbane areas mainly. Beat sale is declining slowly. Diesel launch should lift it up- otherwise petrol Beat may stabilize around 2K mark. Figo figures are good if we take take overall market into consideration. Rising petrol price should help diesel Figo to clock good numbers- may be at the cost of its gas guzzling sibling. Honda with its present set up (barring City) does not have much to write home about. But, Brio may turn the table. After normalization of production, City may again touch 3k mark soon. For Civic, new version is required- present version is overpriced. So is the rest of the stable : Accord, CRV and Jazz. Verna has a spectacular debut but let us wait for 2-3 months to let its figuers to stabilize. With so many variants around, it should easily surpass Vento.
  9. Guys, I need your help. I am planning to bid adieu to my problematic Vaio and zeroed on XOOM. My requirements are mainly surfing, photo editing and music playing. With Google docs around, skipping MS office should not be a big problem. If need arises latter I may think about a cheap netbook later. Now my question is: When is XOOM coming to India? If you have any inside information, kindly enlighten me so that I may plan accordingly.
  10. Listening to Delhi Belly now: not a run of the mill product. Bollywood music lover should try it, I guess.
  11. As Liva is scheduled to be launched in June'11, I guess we might see a preview (or whatever the fancy name they chose) of Brio in June-July'11. Pricing of Brio will prove whether Honda has adopted to the requirement of Indian market. Increase localisation or cut profit margin : whatever Honda does but top of the line (manual) should not be beyond 5.5 Lakh (ex-showroom) at any cost. Otherwise it might prove to be the next Jazz. Even at 5.5L it might get some flakes for being pricey!
  12. If Fiat decides to bring new Punto Evo with new interior & exterior as shown in pictures, then marketing guys at Fiat India will get an opportunity to resurrect themselves and undo the past mistake made during launch of Punto. Marketing promotion of Punto was very confusing and without any clear cut strategy to highlight its USP. In the initial slow moving ad featuring Yuvraj Singh, Punto was never made the star it could have been. Now with Punto going steady at around 1000 mark, Fiat could borrow a trick from Maruti Suzuki's strategy with WagonR. When WagonR was struggling during 2004-05, MSIL started a new ad campaign for WagonR. They highlighted that WagonR is a kind of niche product and used by special people with special taste. (remember the ad: "He argues sharply at courtroom, plays Jazz and drives WagonR). Fiat too can portray that Punto is not a run of the mill product and meant for special people with special preference. People who are 1.Extravagant, 2.Possess out of the box thinking, 3.Drives car for pleasure and 4.Prefers heart over head. And why he should drive Fiat Punto Evo: because it is: 1. Very very beautiful 2. Modern with state of art interior. 3. Possesses most powerful diesel engine & very powerful petrol engine in the segment. 4. Best ride & handling. 5. Smart choice as it offers best service interval with extended warranty backed by roadside support. However key thing should be to portray Punto as the real star during the ad campaign rather than using some celebrity. Punto's beautiful exterior & interior along with its features and dynamics should be amply highlighted. Fiat should also portray Punto Evo as all new car to loose some baggage of present Punto : specially issues of poor interior plastic quality. If Mahindra can relaunch Logan as Verito with some chrome job then why Fiat can not project Punto Evo as all new car specially when it contains a new interior and modified front bumper/grill.
  13. Due to reason mentioned above, I have a feeling that new rear bumper may not make it to Indian Punto Evo. But interiors are definitely required. Hope Fiat India will not increase the price. Just for info: Punto 1.4 Emotion has been discontinued. Only Emotion Pk is available.
  14. ACI has first drive report on Brio in June issue. Can't wait to read it. My excitement may look so childish
  15. Honda has started testing Brio in India. NDTV auto editor Siddharth Patankar has caught Brio undergoing testing with liitle camouflage. Shame, that I am unable to post the picture. But its available in twitter.