I'm whack in the middle of a 'Blog Mela' hangover, thanks to an utterly enjoyable post from over at Yazad's. That being the case, I thought I'd fashion this post of mine on similar lines. What follows therefore, is an attempt to bring you the best of the web from over the past few days on what's been happening on the Indian car scene. So belt up, tilt that seat back, play your current favourite road-tune over in your head, stretch those legs deep into that footwell and enjoy the ride.
The folks at Autocar India have traded in their old Palio 1.6 GTX for a newer 1.2 nv which they'll be putting through their long-termer test in the months to come. Though they do miss their old, bigger-hearted buddy, it's smaller cousin hasn't done much to disappoint so far.
Ford India rolled out their 100000th unit of the Ikon sedan earlier this month. And as it is their wont to do everytime they reach a landmark of this kind, Ford's celebrating with a limited period, limited edition offer. This time it's called the 'Josh100' series. For me, Ford sets the bar when it comes to staying top of mind through consumer-driven promos and special offers. Remember the 'Ikon Anniversary' and 'March Masti'?
Shortly after, the ARAI came out crying foul demanding an explanation from Hyundai on the ad, their main peeve being that the ad did not clearly name the competitors' models that the Santro was positioning itself against (it didn't take a genius to figure out that Hyundai was hitting out at the WagonR) and that it had also had issues with its name being flashed in the ad. They would rather be referred to as 'the country’s premier certification and homologation agency', thank you.
Not one to to be bogged down, Hyundai's out with new ad that calls them just that as well as mentions very clearly the 5-seater and 4-seater B-segmenters available today. Check out page 17 of today's Chennai edition of The Hindu for 'Kissa Kursi Ka'.
The 5-seaters: Hyundai Santro Xing, Hyundai Getz, Maruti Zen, Tata Indica, Fiat Palio, Opel Corsa Sail The 4-seater: Maruti Wagon R, Maruti Alto, M800