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  1. Regarding Diesel pricing Kirit Parikh committee made two recommendations:

    1. decontrol the diesel prices.

    2. Tax approx. Rs. 80,000/- on private passenger diesel vehicles to make up for the difference in excise duty on petrol & diesel.

    I would like to sat that even if the central Govt. deregulate diesel, there will not be a major hike in diesel price. It may be Rs. 2 - 4 at the max. Once this is done, there will be no subsidy on diesel. So the proposed tax on vehicles is not linked to this.

    Central excise on diesel is approx. Rs 2.50 and on petrol Approx. Rs. 14.50. Govt. charges this much less excise on diesel due to its usage in various sectors, as discussed in detail in this forum and can not make it same for both petrol and diesel. This is the only tax, due to which a private diesel car/SUV owner gets undue benefit vis a vis a petrol car/SUV owner. To compensate this very differential only, the Kirit Parikh committee recommended to tax diesel cars / SUVs upfront, based on some calculations.

    Therefore, This additional tax has nothing to do with deregulation of diesel prices. It can be imposed even if diesel is deregulated. It is to compensate the lower excise duty on diesel being enjoyed by private diesel car / SUV owners.

    The diesel car owners will still be enjoying lower state taxes (VAT), which is approx. 20% on petrol where as it is Approx. 12.5% on diesel in most of the states.

  2. @creativebala, Yes, I own a Spark and even after three and half years of usage, I do not find much degradation in its NVH levels.

    I am surprised to note that Etios lacks Weather gaskets in all the four doorsas pointed out by Munish. In fact, after reading this I checked the pictures of Etios to verify it.

  3. From this post of a real owner, we can infer one thing that most of Indian car magazine reviewers seem to be biased towards some specific brands. Or they review a particular car keeping in mind the brand image of that manufacturer in India.

    Yes, engine & transmission are most important parts of a car, but in my view body shell is also equally important.

  4. Evo is available in Europe for more than a year now. They should not change the exteriors of current punto in India instead should change the interiors only. IMO, whether Palio or Punto, the original design has been the best and any face lift of exteriors has only deteriorated the looks.

    To maintain the quality they should do the following to the RHD Punto available in UK:

    1. Better AC (which they have already done)

    2. Suspension and G.C. as per Indian roads (already mastered)

    3. No tinkering with any of the materials specifications or drawings to maintain fit & finish intact and to keep niggling issues in check.

    4. Striping off various features to match various variants of swift, both feature-wise as well as price wise.

  5. I keep visiting the form quite often and sometime write also.

    My SPARK is running fine. I would like to mention here that even after changing all the shock absorbers, it had developed same problem after sometime. But Chevrolet A.S. S. people were co-operative and changes the mounts even after warranty was over. So a happy ending to suspension problem.

    P.S. : My intro dates back to 23 Dec. I think it went un-noticed.

  6. The Rs. 80.000/- to be levied on Diesel cars / SUVs is not the Green Tax. It was proposed to equalize the higher excise duty on petrol paid by the end consumers i.e. car/SUV owners, taking into account an average running of 8,000 kms per annum.

    The average running may be true for a petrol vehicle but for diesel it should be around 15,000 kms. So the whole argument of committee seems to be flawed.

    As for as pollution from diesel vehicles is concerned, best way is to control the adulteration, which in turn is possible only when subsidies are removed.