What, it took an appearance in an inane, semi-jingoistic 'new-age comedy' flick for people to sit up and take notice of the Santro? Not for me, no...because I hardly remember the car from this movie. For its own sake, I hope the Swift makes a more promising impression in the movie that will introduce it to the Indian masses.
The entire nation, I daresay, can now let go of the collective breath it's been holding all these days in anticipation of the launch of the Swift. After much vacillation on both the launch price and date, the car 'officially debuted' today. The bottom-end LXi version has been launched at a cool Rs. 387000 (ex-showroom Delhi). The mid-range VXi option can be yours for Rs. 405000 and the fully-loaded ZXi (the one with the 'Z' is always, the coolest, isn't it?) comes in at Rs. 485000. Again, smart on the part of Maruti to price the 3 variants with almost a lakh of a difference between the bottom and top. Something for everyone to choose from.
And going by the reviews (read what BS Motoring had to say after they did the car), it looks like the Swift is the answer to both the Indian carbuyer's andMaruti's dreams and looks very unlikely to disappoint either. Or should I say it better not disappoint, because over 8000 of the cars have been spoken for already.
Update: The Swift will grace Indian roads only by the first week of June when customer delivery begins. And the mouth-watering prices at which it's been launched may not be the same for too long, but no one's confirming that yet.
I'm feeling a bit of déjà vu while I'm making this post. I'm getting the feeling that I've done this link featuring a 6-hatchback shootout already. Maybe it's because I've posted a couple of hatch head-ons already? Or did I just read it in the magazine and that's where I barely remember it from, my near term memory being what it is. I'll try and figure that one out while you run along and read it...go on, it's one where the Palio wins again. =) Oh and hey, if any of you do come across my having posted about this earlier, leave me a comment, will you?
Like the review itself says, a diesel car that delivers some kickbutt performance and comes with a reasonable sticker tag attached, is somewhat of a rarity - and all this without a compromise on what diesel cars are bought for in the first place - more miles for your money. With the possible exception of the Palio D, the Indian car buyer didn't have much to choose from.
Well, the carmag reviews still find the Petra a hard deal to beat but whether Fiat has been able to rustle up the numbers to back that up, is yet to be seen. For the time being, the Petra remains an excellent car that is yet to get its due.
How the heck do you get away with calling the new Honda CR-V a sedan? Anyways, going by the way this review of Ver 2.0 of what is, in my opinion, India's best looking SUV reads, Honda has succeeded in making an already awesome product even better.
Some time ago, I had mentioned on this weblog that in the search for my first car, someone had yet to give me a
compelling reason to buy the Hyundai Getz. Well, over the last couple of days,
someone did. With nothing else to do over the rather long weekend, I
decided to make the best of it and took the Getz, the Ikon Flair and
the Palio nv Sport out for test drives.
Disclaimer: 1. While I'm going to be talking mainly about the Getz here, I will draw comparisons now and then with the Palio and the Ikon. 2. This is the first car review I’ve ever written. Go easy on me.
There's a lot riding on the test drive (no pun intended). No surprise then, that for many, it ends up being one of life's more stressful exercises, especially for new drivers and first-time car buyers. Here then, is a little tip to make it a little easier: take the test drive one step at a time (yeah, there's a before, a during and an after) and you won't find yourself thinking about ten things at the same time. Oh, and see if you can carry this checklist with you.