VSG12777

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  1. Agree with you 100%. Ford has not done another Figo, which many of us expected. The prices are higher than the new Fluidic Verna's prices. Here's a comparison of the prices: Fluidic Verna Prices New Fiesta Prices PETROL PETROL 1.4L(Base) 6.99 Style 8,23,500 (P) 1.6L(Base) 7.64 Trend 8,77,200 (P) 1.6L SX 8.24 Titanium 9,17,200 (P) 1.6L SX O 8.94 Titanium+ 9,42,200 (P) 1.6L SX O AT 9.64 DIESEL DIESEL 1.4L D (Base) 8.09 Style 9,27,200 (D) 1.6L D (Base) 8.74 Trend 9,77,200 (D) 1.6L D SX 9.34 Titanium 10,17,200 (D) 1.6L D SX O 10.04 Titanium+ 10,42,200 (D) 1.6L D SX O AT 10.74 The manual versions themselves are so expensive. It was mentioned in some posts that the dual clutch automatic version may be launched around the end of the year, in the petrol version. Can't imagine how much more that version would cost. The Verna 1.6 SX O manual costs 8.94L, while the Fiesta Titanium Plus manual costs 9.42L. So the automatic would easily add another 50-60k to this price, which would make it more than 10L ex showroom. Warm regards, Venkat
  2. Me too. I was really hoping that the facelift would coincide with the SX4 diesel launch. However it doesn't seem to be the case. I plan to get an SX4 automatic in the next 2-3 months as I love the car. This is disappointing though. In the Indian market, we still have the original SX4 model that was launched worldwide in 2007. The slight facelift in 2009 October, dealt only with the change to the VVT engine (better smoothness and refinement), addition of USB/iPod port, change to dual tone interiors, new alloys, new grill, and illuminated steering audio switches. Our Indian market SX4 still does not have a distance to empty indicator or average fuel consumption indicator, which is there in most overseas versions. Check out the Singapore and Malaysian market SX4s which are really loaded. Particularly the Singapore version. They have exactly the same 1.6L engine and 4-speed automatic transmission. But check the interiors and the features. Superb. The Singapore SX4 comes with integrated LED indicators in the side mirrors, and electrically folding mirrors! There are dual front armrests for both the front seats! There is a 9 speaker audio system, with 2 speakers and tweeters on all 4 doors, plus a centre dashboard speaker! Keyless entry and keyless start/stop! ISOFIX child seat mounts - which are absent in almost all cars in India, except Skodas, Mercs, Volvos and BMWs. I just wish Maruti would incorporate at least some of these upgrades in the Indian SX4. They won't cost much - things like the dual front armrests, electrically folding mirrors, LED built in indicators and so on. Hmm ... it's only a dream I guess. The Australian and US market SX4s come with a 2 litre VVT engine, producing almost 150 bhp! It's priced and specced to compete with the Corolla and Civic!
  3. Any updates on the launch date for the new Verna? On another automotive forum, I read a post saying 1st week of April 2011. Also, any idea if there would be a petrol/diesel automatic transmission variant?
  4. Fantastic to know the SX4 diesel is coming in Feb 2011! Does anyone have any idea about whether the SX4 lineup is getting a facelift along with the diesel launch? I am sure we all have seen the shots of the facelifted SX4 in China on this forum. I thought apart from the "over-chromed" front grill, the car did look nice. I am also particularly interested in this aspect, since I am considering picking up the SX4 automatic in 2-3 months. Just took a test drive this Saturday and liked the car quite a bit. It was huge to say the least. Very comfortable, refined and smooth engine and quite a smooth shifting 4-speed automatic gearbox. Sound proofing was quite good too. I touched 90kmph and my wife sitting at the back said it was pretty quiet. ---Venkat
  5. VSG12777

    Getz deals

    Hi Aseembehl Here is what is missing in the Getz 1.3 GVS compared to the 1.3 GLS/GLX: 1. Front fog lamps (can be fitted separately) 2. ABS (standard only on GLX; can't be fitted separately) 3. Body coloured ORVMs (can be done separately) 4. Body coloured door handles (can be done separately) 5. Rear spoiler (can be fitted separately) 6. Hub cap only (as against full wheel cover in GLS and 14 inch alloys in GLX) (the hub cap would cover only the centre portion of the wheel rim, as compared to the wheel cover is a cover for the entire wheel's front that is exposed) (wheel covers / alloys can be fitted separately) 7. Tailgate ajar warning lamp/chime (can't be fitted separately) 8. Driver seat armrest (can't be fitted separately) 9. Rear wiper and washer (can't be fitted separately) 10. Rear windshield defogger (can't be fitted separately) You've mentioned that the price difference between the 1.3 GLS and GVS is 21k. Well for that 21k, you would get these on the GLS: 1. Front fog lamps 2. Body coloured ORVMs 3. Body coloured door handles 4. Rear spoiler 5. Full wheel covers 6. Tailgate ajar warning lamp/chime 7. Driver seat armrest (very nice comfort feature) 8. Rear wiper and washer (very useful) 9. Rear windshield defogger (another useful feature) And, if you pay a bit more and go for the GLX, you would additionally get 14 inch alloys and ABS as standard. For the ABS alone, I'd say the GLX is definitely worth it. However, the GLS is a very good one too, as you have everything except ABS. The GLS is well worth the 21k extra you'd pay for it. I'd say go for the GLS at least, if not the GLX. You can later customise the interiors and go for better alloys and wider tyres etc later. I am sure the dealership would anyway work out a deal on the sun control film, remote locking, perfume, etc. That should not be an issue at all. Hope that helps. Warm regards, Venkat
  6. Hi Spearhead1909 U can expect the 1.4L DOHC petrol engine to be introduced too around or before the diesel launch. Hyundai has already got lots of feedback through the dealers that people are unhappy with the current 1.2L Kappa being offered. Hence most likely the 1.4L petrol (100 bhp) and 1.4L CRDi (89 or 74 bhp) would be launched. The 1.2L Kappa version may be restricted to the base trim like the Magna and the higher versions may get the 1.4L petrol engine. I have a friend on Team-bhp.com who works with a company that supplies some components to Hyundai and he is the source of this information. Warm regards, Venkat
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    Getz deals

    Hi Thackervijay You're right. I checked the Getzprime.co.in website for the colours. But the thing is, they have changed some of the colours being offered. My cousin was interested in a Getz and wanted to know the colours. They used to have a lovely sky blue and a dark navy blue colour, which are no longer being offered. In fact now there are no blue shades at all. Disappointing. Those 2 were such lovely colours. Now all they have are Crystal White, Electric Red (bright red), Berry Red (darker, more like maroon), Space Silver (more like silver metallic grey - common colour), Black Diamond, Dark Grey Metallic (a dark grey metallic shade, quite impressive) and Champagne Silver (seems more like beige/cream) which is also a reasonably good light shade. Oh well. So Aseem, which colour are you planning to go for ? Try to go for the GLX model man. And then soup up the interiors, wider tyres (at least 195/60/14) and audio, sun film etc and the car would be fantastic. You'd probably spend slightly less than a lakh to do all of the above. One of my friends on Team-bhp.com has done it to his 1.3 GLX and it's smashing. He has actually gone for 205/50/15 alloy & tyre combo and the car looks so good. It handles superbly too it seems. All the best !! Don't forget to post pics here once you get the car !! Warm regards, Venkat
  8. Yup that's absolutely right. Though the i10 and i20 share the same engine, the i20 has loads of features (esp in the Asta variant) and also drives differently. The gear ratios are different too. Plus loads of space. Warm regards, Venkat
  9. Well, the Indian market not being that mature is definitely true. And as for the volumes of i20, Hyundai itself as a company seems to have given much more importance to the export versions. Their priority seems to be only the export sales. That is why I guess only one engine option has been introduced in the Indian i20 along with some features being deleted in the Indian version. Who knows - they may launch the 1.4L petrol and 1.4L CRDi diesel during the later part of 2009. Let's wait and watch. I'd be picking up a car only by end of 2009 so I've got ample time to wait and get a good one :-)
  10. VSG12777

    Getz deals

    Hi Ankitj Ya what you say is true. I asked the guy on the phone but he said no freebies would be offered since the cash discount is already 26k. But anyway I shall check. Compared to the Bangalore price of 5.39L, the Chennai deal is about 20k less. Warm regards, Venkat
  11. VSG12777

    Getz deals

    Hey for those in Chennai looking a car in the Getz segment, I have an update. Got this info just today from the guy who attended to me last Sunday during the i20 test drive at Hyundai Motor Plaza, Guindy, Chennai. The Getz 1.3 GLX now has a cash discount of a lovely 26k, bringing the on-road price down to a sweet 5.17L in Chennai !! But no other freebies, except mudflaps and the mat kit. Still, I think at 5.17L, the Getz 1.3 GLX model is now a steal - especially compared to the i20 Magna 1.2 which doesn't even have ABS or powered mirrors. Plus, the Getz 1.3 GLX comes with 14 inch alloys and ABS as standard with 175/65/14 tyres. Also I noticed that the driver seat armrest provided in Getz 1.3 GLS & GLX is not available on the i20. This was a very nice feature and lovely to rest your left hand on while cruising on the highway. Chennai folks looking for a Getz 1.3, please take note of the above price & discount and make the best of it. Not sure till when this offer is valid though. The sales guy, Kirubakaran said it would take a max of 10 days for delivery as now for Getz 1.3 there is no ready stock. Everything is "on order" basis only. In case any of you in Chennai wants to go in for the Getz, please do post back here, email me (vsg12777 at gmail dot com) or PM me so that I can pass on the contact details of Mr. Kirubakaran and even refer you to him. He was a nice guy and I'd like to refer someone to him if possible. Warm regards, Venkat
  12. Hmm. That Zigwheels article says the 1.2L Kappa engine was pretty good and not all that underpowered. I would say, most normal users wouldn't feel it. Those who like that instant throttle response when we floor the gas pedal, would surely be very disappointed. The Zigwheels article says they were able to do 3 digit speeds quite easily and the i20 handled well too. Now that I've read this article, maybe I should take another test drive to verify this. When I test drove the Getz 1.3 GLX in August 2008, I didn't feel this sluggishness. I did the same thing in that car too - floored the gas pedal in 2nd gear and then shifted to 3rd and floored it again. By the time I could glance back at the speedometer, I had already gone on to the airport road and the needle touched 90-95 kmph. I thought the Getz 1.3 GLX was nice and peppy, being very quiet and refined at the same time. Ride was fabulous and felt more like a bigger sedan. Warm regards, Venkat
  13. Thanks guys. I have now begun to love writing such reviews / reports and my wife seriously asks me why I don't think of making a career out of it !! Hmm - "easy to ask and easier said than done" was what I replied to her recently. I was expecting the i20 to be a fully loaded hatch with good petrol and diesel engine options (even though I wouldn't go for the diesel as my usage is not that high) but once I saw the launch specs with just the 1.2L engine, I was utterly disappointed. Anyway the Getz doesn't sell that much. Why can't they get rid of it and position the i20 better, with more engine options ? I am sure then for 6.3L on road we should be able to get the 1.4L i20 fully loaded. Another 20-30k extra for an auto tranny. That would be fabulous. But would they ever do that ? Oh well .... guess we can only wait and see what Hyundai India has in store. Warm regards, Venkat