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  1. Would definitely aid in controlling India's population issue.
  2. Don't need any experts, I have been to the auto show and have seen the construction up close, with close to 500,000 miles of driving, participating in many races and on the road with 2 and 3 wheelers since 13, I guess I have a little idea on automobiles. This car is an illusionm, most at the auto show said they would be better off with a second hand Maruti, its a Tata Ace dressed up in an even weaker shell, sorry to say. It would be OK for the city but I would definitely not wish for it to be a road hog in the expressway. Lastly, we know how reliable the four cylinder Indica has been so far, do you realistically expect a two cylinder version of the same Indica engine to be lugged around fully loaded and survive? Lastly please be aware, its Rear engine vehicle, in the event of collision, there is virtually no metal mass protecting the occupants.Gurkha2008-01-10 12:43:16
  3. In terms of safety, take the public transportation, with the acceleration of the Nano, its likely to be squashed by a Volvo or a MAN or a Scorpio or Safari. I am not saying the Maruti Van is the safest, but its still safer than Nano. The Nano is small and like Matiz has a sloped hood, in case of contact with anything or any animal, there is full likelihood of the object coming inside the passenger area and causing severe damage. If you are telling us to hold our criticism, that too in a forum may I suggest so should your ranting. You are repeating Rattan Tata's ad line about families on bikes, well guess what, first off all, learn responsible parenthood. Have some money in pocket before bringing in souls to this earth you can hardly maintain. In case they need a car that bad, a second hand Maruti would be apt for them. Already the Tata Ace is a veritable nuisance on the roads and highways, this will just add fuel to the fire and make driving for us a nightmare. Lastly, driving is indeed a privilege all of us have worked hard to appreciate and earn it, lets not make it cheap so that the total appreciation and value of a driving license is totally lost.
  4. The families who travel in the bike with two kids would be well off to buy a second hand 800 or Zen or Santro.
  5. My Gurkha has 238mm ground clearance and sports all terrain 80 profile Yokohama, during my trip from HP to TN and back, I faced some craters on road that even looked like it would swallow my vehicle and some of them came mighty close to it so expressway in India is still a misnomer.
  6. In an accident, one won't need a separate coffin. The mangled remains will do the needful.
  7. Having extensively driven the newer Scorpio thanks to the local Mahindra club here in Punjab. My take was that it has improved on the body roll and now its far more composed during high speed panic braking than the older one and its also bit better on road. Bad news is that off road, this revised suspension is just not happy, the older suspension would bounce around but it would not reach its limits but the newer model reaches them quite soon.
  8. I have seen few Scorpios hit 3 wheelers here in Punjab and severely damage the plastic bumper and grille, next time you are showing off of bullying smaller cars, do that in the comfort of something like a Jonga or Trax, at least the contact will be solid metal to metal.
  9. Thats a matter of chance and collision physics, nothing to do with the build, all cars have crumple zone meant to take the hit and prevent G force damage to the humans inside. I have raced and survived in Honda which flipped thrice. I have had accidents in a Mazda Protege' subcompact which was hit from rear at 90mph by a old full sized Pontiac sedan which was being driven by a drunk and the vehicle has about 3 times more mass than my Mazda. Its luck combined with chance and collision physics.
  10. How can sudden braking which is a part of daily driving across the globe be responsible for the clutch breaking? This is a manufacturing and designing defect.
  11. Tata came with the concept of so called luxury SUV which is totally different than the Armada which was luxury by no means, so the credit here goes to Tata with the Safari.
  12. And yet Japanese cars not only manage to outlast their so called solid Euro counterparts, they tend to retain their value and score high on NHSTA's critical safety ratings as well, even the might small Jazz managed an impossible ( for its size ) five stars. So I guess its perceptions and nothing else.
  13. The best tank and tank engine was made by the Germans, the most powerful were used in Panzer and Juggernaut tank, they were dual Mercedes Benz turbo charged engines developing over 1200bhp each. Skoda is based on VW platform and VW's current ranking in the world car league is quite low. Since Skoda is based on VW platform, calling it a solid car without a relative comparison is vague in every sense. The only reason you see so many Skoda in Mumbai is due to the diesel factor, there were virtually no cars in its segment with diesel engine. The Magnum is a far better buy but it will take some time to etch into the perceived notions. It terms of performance, the Magnum is miles ahead of any Skoda. VW took over Skoda as it needed a cheaper manufacturing base and Eastern European Czech provided the perfect place for it.
  14. ULSD is going to be the law in India as well, most probably by end of this year.
  15. If you mean regular fuel, the Honda is designed to run on pump grade diesel and unlike Bluetec, doesn't need any urea.
  16. The handling and ride is very close to Tavera.
  17. The Isuzu will cross 150,000 mark with ease, I am not too sure about the Cummins.
  18. The Rhino used Isuzu and now uses Cummins, so in terms of reliability, its an even match at least for the powertrain to the Scorpio and Safari but not to the Innova. However if given a choice between Rhino or the Scorpio and Safar, I would take the Scorpio and Safari over Rhino.
  19. Do you think its foolishness? Just like Scorpio looks butch and nice to you, some may find the Rhino to be a beauty.
  20. Its an MUV...........its not about the cost, its about the classification of the vehicle, the category, if you bring in the price factor, the Rhino's forte' is its low price tag but its priced bit higher than Sumo and Tavera and the company is marketing it as an Scorpio, Innova and Safari alternative.Gurkha2008-01-09 06:23:41
  21. The Rhino is a cross between Scorpio and Qualis, and its also a direct competitor to the Innova, Scorpio and Safari, thats why the comparison.
  22. Refuting general consensus based on collective evidence and data doesn't do good for one's subjective opinion. Its like I would say I like a bullock cart and consider it best, live with it. Stick to your views, no harm in that, you have every right to but then don't try and sway others to it unless you can provice some constructive evidence to support your so called subjective views.
  23. Have you seen the H1, where do you see beauty in it?, but then you see beauty in the Scorpio as well which the Aus mag rated as rank ugly. By the way, leave the job of closing the thread to FRG who is the mod here. Every time something disagrees with you, you threaten to close down the thread. Does this mean you are the mod here now? First you deviate from the original topic by commenting on the looks of Rhino and making reference to Qualis's looks, as soon as you get the answer you start chiming about off topic. Please let the mod be the judge here.Gurkha2008-01-09 06:10:41