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  1. without a diesel, I doubt the new CR-V will clock more than double digit sales every month. Pointless bringing it to India
  2. Amaze is no doubt a better product than Dzire but I don't think Honda has Maruti' marketing muscle or hunger to push it in the market. Amaze will do well but won't topple Dzire in terms of sales volumes
  3. 458 Challenge looks fantastic! I hear that Gautam Singhania did 170 laps of the BIC in it or 900km of flat out testing and used up two sets of tyres and one set of brakes. And his efforts did pay off. GHS set a fastest time of 2:03.3 which is very impressive. Hats of to Gautam for his passion and sheer love for driving
  4. Great scoop! Looks like Brio could have some competition now! Wonder why Maruti have slipped it in so quietly
  5. Have my doubts if this model will make it to India as plans for the Up! have been shelved. If there is no Up! there will be no Taigun. VW needs to lower its cost structure to be viable in this country
  6. Urvan a much bigger vehicle and more likely to compete with Force's Traveller. Engine capacity would be atleast 2.5 litre diesel. Looks like it will be only for commercial market.
  7. No real game changer in this list. For that we need to wait for the EcoSport coming mid-2013
  8. It won't be in Rs. 1.6 lakh in India. The small Datsun will be an 800cc petrol which goes head on with the Hyundai Eon and Alto. So price will be closer to Rs 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh
  9. Great calculation @Hersch but you've missed out the most important point - resale value. The resale value of most petrol cars plummets the moment they leave the showroom whilst diesels depreciate far less. If you take this into account then a diesel makes more sense than a petrol car even before it leaves the showroom
  10. Wonder how competitively Jaguar will be able to price XF2.2 especially if it continues to be an import. There are some fantastic deals on the BMW 520d and Merc E220CDI. However, Jag brand is much stronger than all the German ones I feel and hence it can command some premium
  11. Really not much of a change. But i like the nose now. It looks a bit more aggressive. Getting a ZDi option is smart as there is an increasing demand for higher variants
  12. Still looks to weird and I doubt it would have the refinement to match an Ertiga. M&M pay price it well but won't have the quality. That's where Indian companies fail
  13. Get the feeling that Honda may launch another kind of vehicle in the Rs. 13-16 lakh bracket. An SUV would be an ideal replacement for the Civic to plug that vacuum.
  14. You will be surprised how many people will want to drive a car that Sachin drives. Everyone knows that he is passionate about cars and that makes the endorsement even more credible. The car however will have to live upto expectations and be priced correctly. Get the pricing wrong and no amount of plugging by Sachin will make it a success
  15. Have been told by ex-Maruti people that Suzuki needs to re-evaluate its 'Japanese' style of management. To achieve harmony between management and workers there has to be a 'give and take' approach, a little flexibility in the way workers are dealt with. Japanese style of working is very black and white and unyielding. While it may be correct by the book, at a human level it creates a lot of bitterness when things go wrong
  16. The old 3-series is now cheaper than a VW Passat! That's amazing value! or is it?? Long term maintenance and parts availability on outgoing 3-series is likely to be quite high
  17. The R-class was a complete flop. The MPV looks and lack of diesel effectively killed what little demand there was.
  18. Top management of VW has quit! Not sure if they walked out or were kicked out. Neeraj Garg who headed commercial operations of VW since it started in India has gone and so has the sales head. VW is in a mess in India. Poor planning is the main reason for poor sales and products which are not best in class doesn't help matters either. VW have only themselves to blame. Not Skoda
  19. What matters is long term durability and reliability. The Logan has proved that it is mechanically rock solid and there is no reason to think that the Duster (which shares the platform with the Logan) should be any less. THe XUV 500 is more 'show' than substance and it has already earned a reputation for having glitches and niggling faults. M&M have just been lucky that there only competition has been from Tata and hence has got away with products that are not as well engineered as European products. For me its Duster all the way!
  20. New 3-series will take BMW to the next level. I think this will be a huge success. X1 sales have been disappointing and perhaps with the face-lift coming at the end of the year, things could change. Question is. how long before Audi overtakes BMW to No. 1 position?
  21. I just don't believe the ET report. Firstly, to develop an all-new diesel engine needs a lead time of at least 5-6 years. I seriously doubt the specs too. 800cc, 2-cylinder? If at all, more like a 1-litre triple which is the trend in hatchbacks these days. Maruti engineers having a good laugh about this wildly speculative report
  22. Audi Q3 attracts 26 % registration tax in states like Maharashtra because its an import (CBU) so pricing of Q3 not that attractive, X1 now going for massive discounts and price differential between X1 and Q3 is around Rs 9-10 lakhs if you take all this into account not sure if Q3 will get the numbers Audi expects
  23. The thing about these events is that you only get a handful of laps. By the time you are getting warmed up its time to go home. Before paying of this drive one needs to find out how many laps you can drive in the R8. If its around 10 laps then its worth it. for just 4-5 laps I don't think its worth the effort or the money.
  24. Personally, I am disappointed by XUV 500 as a product. The ride and handling is pathetic and it suffers from serious flaws like torque steer. The gearshift is poor, the interiors are overdone and the styling too is a bit OTT. Sadly, Indians don't buy a car on merit but on perception. The XUV 500 looks great in their eyes. is packed with features (some of them are pointless or don't work properly) and for the price there is simply nothing else. A good effort by M&M no doubt but it doesn't deserve the kind of success it has seen
  25. There are massive discounts on the outgoing Capiva. Upto Rs. 2 lakh off! But even at this clearance sale price its not a good deal because new 2.2 Family Z engine is far better than outgoing 2-litre VM Motori developed unit