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  1. The design sketch looks good. It seems Nissan has already started appointing dealers. The frugal 1.5 Renault engine is a perfect fit for the Micra, might even be the mileage king in its segment.

    It will have to go head-on with the Swift. Any attempt to sell it as a premium hatch will spell doom for Nissan's first serious attempt at a mass produced car in India.

  2. If the Polo is going to be pitted against the Swift, we cannot expect Fabia levels of plastic and interior quality. VW needs a modern sub 1.5 diesel for the Polo. The Fabia diesel is unrefined and under powered.

    The interior reminds me of previous generation Japanese cars, but if its well put together and priced at Swift levels, it should do well.

  3. True, the Figo is based on the present Indian Fiesta platform. The latest European Fiesta if and when introduced will be more expensive and might slot into the i20/Fabia category.

    What Ford need right now is a car that can do good numbers. For that they need a car in the swift/vista segment. The Figo fits that bill.

  4. comparing i-vtec to a quadrajet diesel is like comparing chalk and cheese. The characteristics of a petrol are totally different from a diesel engine. So, it does not make sense to compare the power and fuel efficiency of the two cars/engines.

    Ideally, you should be comparing the honda city with the Fiesta, Verna, SX4 petrol models and the Jazz with the petrol i20, Fabia, Fusion and so on.

  5. Since the oil PSUs say that are not ready to meet the April 2009 deadline for supply of low sulphur fuel, does that mean the present Euro emission norms will stay for the time being? What does it mean for people looking to buy Euro IV compliant cars, atleast in the interim period?

  6. I would suggest you wait for the launch of the Chevy Cruze and then test drive the Civic, Jetta, Laura, Corolla and the Cruze of course. It is worth looking at a diesel, considering your monthly mileage.

    Civic and Cruze are the better looking of the lot. Both the Jetta and the Laura are solid cars and have that typical european sturdiness, while the Corolla is a good all rounder.

    My pick:

    Petrol - Civic

    Diesel - Cruze