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  1. My friend once said that in India if 2 wheeler 5 should travel and if car 10 should travel is the funda. Considering that anyone with a budget of 7+ lakhs would only go for this car unless he is a bachelor or a enthusiast. This is the most practical car in our country.
  2. Went and looked at the car in flesh. Has enough space both in the middle row as well as 3rd to seat adults with right adjustment in the middle row. I am close to 6 ft. and I found it comfortable. Boot space is also not as bad as seen in the pics. There was a family of 4 + the driver taking a test drive and the car drove as smooth as any car. No lag at all.
  3. Official page - While everything is perfect something got to be not so right. Colours for Ertiga looks awkward. They could have done better with better colours.
  4. Good competitor for Ertiga. Next few months will be interesting with the launch of ertiga, duster, ecosport and probably mini xylo.
  5. Even I saw the camouflaged Duster on the way to chennai along with a Renault Fluence by its side. I took a snap of the duster and it looked good, not very big like SUV's, but compact and good looking. It took off and sped past quickly.
  6. What is even more surprising is that in the last so many years, FIAT is not even able to find one good leader with some brains to direct their company. Or is it also that the same dumb bosses from Italy are running the show here with CEO's for namesake. Good cars, good engines, still a flop show. On the other hand TATA, poor cars, poor engines, still doing better.
  7. The no.s are for 2011
  8. ET reports that Innova sales for Dec'11 is 51,930. Here M&M is working overtime for months to deliver 8000 cars and has stopped taking booking.
  9. Pricing lesser than XUV, by how much also is going to make a difference. I am sure people wont mind paying a little bit more premium if they are going to get a world class XUV over the Safari.
  10. I was assuming that Ertiga is going to be a lone warrior in this segment. Now we have a healthy competition here with mini xylo, renault duster and ford ecosport. Pricing is going to be the key in deciding the success of all these. Ertiga that fact of being a Maruti with 1.3 multiject and compact dimensions yet spacious has a lead already in the race.
  11. Finally Tata has woken from their fantasy world and have priced their products rightly. They need to price their products right the first time, think of the owners who bought at a higher price point. Any inputs on the revised XUV price, I hope they launch it at the same price point.
  12. The interior looks like that of an 80's defunct car that you will find in road side car repair shops, filled with dust. Only Tata can go so cheap and still...
  13. Honda's engine is light years ahead of competition, hyundais engine aren nowhere near. Santro, Getz all are fuel guzzlers, for that Maruti engines are much better. It makes sense to pay a little extra for the Brio rather for the Korean Hyundais.
  14. This will have inital rush just after the launch. And later people will settle for the alto for it pricing, reliable engine and maintenance costs.
  15. After the success of Maruti Ertiga, Tata will come up with a similar model.
  16. Glad to hear the news.. figo is definitely worth the money. Though may not have great looks, it is a very practical car and for that purpose it has sold as many and will sell many more.
  17. Renault Koleos = Fool's Paradise
  18. Saw this car doing test rounds on my way to chennai. Looks pretty decent on road. Can someone help me to upload pics.
  19. Tata wanted to take a giant leap of its brand image. Aria is again loaded with features, it looks too bulky to be driven in the city. Maruti who has been in the market for so long could not break in to that territory Tata jumped into it and took a beating.Contrary Mahindra has done the right thing, they have launched XUV, premium SUV and the right price and depending on the success, customer service and brand image improvement, later they can go for a more premium segment. Probably the korean SUV's might be lined up there. Which states they have done some homework. First Tata needs to improve their brand image, even if it means if they have to stop manufacturing some those cars that they are manufacturing now and launch more meaningul and well refined cars. Having the Jaguar technology in hand and not using for their products, but ready to dive deep into dept is another thing to ponder. Again Mahindra is better here, they have taken over a company that is more or less suitable for their portfolio unlike the Tata, that has taken over Jaguar. One who relates to Tata cannot relate to Jaguar and one who relates to Jaguar cannot relate to a Tata. You have the fruit but cannot eat it
  20. Been to the Mahindra showroom in Bangalore - I should say love at first sight when I looked at the XUV. Very well built, truly a world car, very spacious for the front two rows of seating. Loads of features available, whether we use or not. Now, third row is pretty cramped, at 5"11 I dont think I can sit there for a long journey. For average height people, should be ok. At third row, you feel like you are entraped In Innova my son could move from second row to third row and play around as a result of the bucket seats. Not possible here. Interior. Dashboard and door are very well done. The centre console cries "Cheap" all the time and to be honest is pathetic for a car at this price. Moreover the centre console, dash and other things dont flow as a single unit. They are like bits and pieces fitted in once place unlike the innova, which flows so smoothly as one piece, even though simple. If only the interior design team could have the job half as well as the exterior design team, this would be much better. Drivers seating position - again innova wins here. I felt the drivers view and ergonomics are better in innova. For e.g. gear shift, I have stretch my full hand to reach out to the gear. Boot space again is a big drawback, cant even keep a decent bag. Innova wins here as well. Btw. I dont own a innova and I am not biased. Will I buy XUV, absolutely yes and is it worth the money. I feel the price is just about it and not underpriced like it is made out to be. Onroad in bangalore for W6 is 14.x and for W8 is 15.4 and for W8 AWD it is 16.x. And this money is definitely worth paying for the looks, diesel engine and the presence, definitely not for the chinese gizmos that are all over
  21. @AMG1: Pls. share your experience in travelling on the car. Engine refinement, ride quality, ergonomics.
  22. A-Star car is only for nuclear families with parents and 1 or 2 kids. Totally agree that this with a boot is giong to be a disaster and makes no sense at all. Cant imagine why someone will buy this as thieir first car.
  23. If this car's base price is at 10.8 then what about the price of mini Xylo and what should be the price of Ertiga... everyone should be confused and would be busy in meetings, a worried lot.
  24. Fortuner's fortunes are gone and so is Innova's. This car can be parked in any part of the world and would still look fully in place. At last a world class SUV from India. The only disappointment for me is the missing beige interiors.