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Hi Friends, Been a long time this topic was doing rounds in my mind and I finally thought of sharing it here and looking for a larger opinion. My Swift is almost going to be 8 years old now. It hasn't really started showing any age but that's the car my wife primarily uses. Now with the growing traffic in Pune and especially in Hinjewadi and city areas, driving a manual really is a painful thing. I test drove the Wagon R AMT a couple days ago and came out really impressed how an auto transmission can help keep your nerve in traffic. I'm a manual fan by heart any day but the convenience factor made me think hard on this option. I have a Fiesta to enjoy the drive anyway and going away with the Swift, which I seldom use, will not hurt me a lot. Now the confusion here is between the similarly sized and priced cars from Maruti stable - Wagon R and Celerio. Here is my comparison. This is the max amount I want to shell at this time. Otherwise the Polo TSI would have been booked by now. Main factors for choosing these 2 cars: Dimensions - need a compact sized car - my wife finds the Swift a little fat to manoeuvre in dense traffic. Auto gears - must (Alto isn't on this list because it would be a complete step down from the Swift) Decent space. Wagon R VXi - Rs. 5,67,609 OTR (discounts available) Advantages: Tall body - elders can get in/out fairly easily, good view of the road. Adjustable head restraints - Safety feature most are unaware of - I feel this is a must. VXi variant comes with a rear defogger and wash-wipe too. Disadvantages: Very boring looking center console Not enough space to even park your cell phone. Oddly placed 12V power socket. No Bluetooth No Steering mounted controls (the Stingray will get it but only as an option - still no bluetooth) Thin tires Celerio ZXi - Rs. 5,92,789 OTR (discounts available) Advantages: Passenger airbag as standard Well countoured rear seats Neat looking dash design Lock-unlock switch like the Swift (I don't know, but I feel it's convenient) Bluetooth pairing Steering mounted controls for audio as well as phone Rides on comparatively better tires Disadvantages: Very thin seats - integrated head restraints Hatch lock design is a complete eyesore Overall, the WagonR option pack will give me Airbags and ABS and cost a little over the Celerio ZXi AMT spec. Both cars are very closely priced and discounts offered are pretty similar too. I spoke to a few friends who recently bought a WagonR and they vouched for it. The confusing factor is mainly the dash design that I kinda liked on the Celerio but the seats are a complete disaster. There can't be best of two elsewhere, can it? I'm looking to get this deal done as soon as possible. All suggestions welcome
The iconic Stingray name is back. Chevrolet took the covers of the 2014 Corvette at the Detroit Motor Show and has given it the Stingray name. The new Vette will be powered by a 6.2 liter V8 engine churning out 450 bhp. Transmission will either be a 7 speed manual and a six speed auto box with paddleshifts. What do you feel? I think it looks hot Check out a full picture gallery here: http://www.autocarindia.com/Gallery/328747,new-2014-chevrolet-corvette-stingray-photos,1.aspx