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  1. Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) Ltd., sold 4,102 units in the month of August'09 as against 3,945 units sold during the corresponding month last year recording an increase of 4%. The company sold 21,727 units during the fiscal year period April-August' 09 as against 20,357 units during the same period last year recording an increase of 6.7%. Model wise sales break-up: Jazz: 1029, City: 2536; Civic: 231; Accord: 229; CR-V: 77 (Source:
  2. Yesterday, I visited the Maruti Showroom in Rajkot (Gujarat) to see the new Estillo. There were two colours available in showroom. Dusky Brown and silver. The dusky brown, as I have seen it personally, looks superb & amazing-fantastic (Personally, I like only white colour , but for the first time, I liked the colour other than White). The gear-shifting is smoother than earlier Estillo version. Interior on front side, well good. The instrument cluster is fine. The switches for power window etc. look to be made of cheaper quality of plastics. Rearseat space- No difference found as compared to older version. But that space is definitely lesser than Spark or i10. Boot space- Good. View from backside-rearview, no chnage as compared to older version. Rearpower window switches are different than front power windows, but rear powerwindow switches look as made of cheaper quality plastics/bad shape(actually, they may not be of cheaper quality, I am talking about looks only). Rear wiper is good to see. Overall, I felt that the exterior is fantastic, but the interior is not at par with i10. If MSIL thinks that it has made New Estillo with similar quality of interiors as in i10, sorry, it has to rethink. Only, question is, ASS & resale value - both are superb in case of Maruti. If compared to other models of Maruti, New Estillo is better than old version of Estillo and Wagon-R(present version). No discounts on any of models of New Estillo. No music system with any model (not even the highest version which comes at Rs. 4.51 lacs on road in Rajkot). Now, we have to compare prices of i10(Era), i10(Magna), Spark LT with all models of New Estillo. The higest version Spark LT comes (after discount) at Rs. 3.78 lacs on road in Rajkot. Having almost all features available in new Estillo. i10 Era comes at Rs. 4.04 (after discount of Rs. 10K) on road.
  3. Today, Maruti has launched new Estillo.The Maruti Suzuki new Estilo houses the K-series 'K10B' engine under the hood. The 998cc three-cylinder engine delivers a power of 68 PS@ 6200rpm and a higher torque of 90Nm @ 3500rpm. The improved engine technology enables more power, low NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) and the lighter weight of the engine helps to increase the fuel efficiency with lower emissions. The new Estilo comes with ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 18.2 kmpl. Price is Rs.3.12 lacs to 3.66 lacs (ex-showroom Delhi). Pl see link http:// Maruti-Suzuki-launches-Estilo-with-K-series-engine-and-bold-new-design.aspx
  4. Pl see about the proposed launch of new Estillo on 25 Aug 2009 by MSIL
  5. Reply to Swiftvxi06 about Alto Extreme: Alto Extreme comes with body colour mirrors, body colour bumpers, seat covers, JVC Music system, body colour door handles, wheel covers at Rs. 3.11 lacs.
  6. Thanks for valuable feedback. As this is my first car, I am having almost nil practical experience in driving of car (except at time of learning of driving), I am having confusion between Alto /Spark.
  7. Pl see foll. news on Honda Siel Cars reports a 12% increase in sales during July 2009, at 4,857 units as against 4,337 units sold in July 2008. The company sold 17,625 units in the period April-July 2009, as against 16,412 units in the year-ago period, an increase of 7.4%. HSCI sold 3,268 units of the City, 1,037 units of the Jazz, 299 units of the Civic, 223 units of the Accord and 30 units of the CR-V, during July this year.
  8. I am planning to buy my first car. I am confused between Alto LXi and Spark LS. Reasons: Alto is having Maruti tag, fantastic after sales service network, very good fuel efficiency, and better resale value as happens in all Maruti cars. However, on other hand, Spark LS is more spacious, even at present price, looks luxurious one, 3 yrs maintenance free+1 lac km warranty, Rs. 45000 discount, more spacious, more powerful (995 cc engine as compared to 798 of Alto). Price Alto LXi Extreme model 3.11 lacs inlcuding music system, seat covers, body colour bumbers/mirrors. Spark is Rs. 3.45 lacs excluding seat covers, but with body colour bumpers/mirrors. Spark is more powerful and smooth than Alto. However, Alto is the most successful car at present (in segment). Pl advise.