Durango Dude

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  1. There aren't any premium products for Maruti to sell through NEXA. Maruti is basically testing the waters with NEXA, I pity those guys who own this franchise and don't know how they'll be compensated. Peddling a product through NEXA means automatically lesser numbers as there are lesser showrooms, if you peg the price high then it's brought down by the market forces as a downward revision (S-Cross). I think Maruti needs to concentrate on getting the interiors right, like they have done in the Ciaz and this is sold through the regular dealerships. You can't pass off a funeral black or grey interior as premium in India. Ideal product would be the Swift Sport to start with. Then may be the full fat Kizashi relaunched with all the bells and whistles.

  2. Ciaz's front borrows heavily from the Kizashi and rear from the Honda City, side is a combination of both. Maruti has never made it big in the 3 box category after the Esteem. Perception also goes against it as a 'hatch-maker'. Honda on the other hand is the 'boss'. Ciaz must be priced not just right but real 'tight' for it to succeed, and it should perform real well in order to succeed. Ciaz has to deliver on these 3 fronts in order to succeed: tight pricing, fuel efficiency and performance. I'd choose a City any day.

  3. Best compromise, even if you aren't considering, is the Swift petrol. I drove a Swift petrol old gen second hand car from Salem to Chennai recently, it was sweet. 'Fun to Drive' is a relative term; surprised you seem to have dismissed all cars in the list as NOT fun to drive. I feel Swift even after all these years is fun enough and also value for money.

  4. Thats a lovely picture. Welcome back Durango Dude

    Thank you. I have lost touch with the automotive world. Have taken a liking to photography.

    @Subhadeep (aka. sb-alto). what an excellent photographer you are...amazing clicks, attention to the topic and I must recognise that you have an excellent camera too.Which one is yours?

    Thank you, Subhadeep, I have the Nikon D3200. This long exposure is using the Tokina 11-16mm DXII.

    Awesome pic. Your elantra looking well maintained.

    I still have it after more than 8 years and still is giving me good service.

  5. With the Cruze churning out 164 Ps wouldn't it be a little too much if the Elantra were to come out with just a 126 PS. I feel it must have received a larger diesel heart. May be they are aiming at the FE conscious. Lets see how this Hyundai D Segmenter does. It would be difficult to convince people to opt for this in place of the top end Diesel Verna.

  6. Though that is good news for us petrol car users, I dont know how long it will last. With the rupee tanking from the dollar day by day it wont be long till the prices go up again. I just love the way Goa got rid of VAT. Petrol prices went down by 11 rupees

    Would make sense to take a long drive from Mumbai to Goa to tank up. The petrol bunks on the border must be making brisk business.