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Old 3rd August 2012, 17:55   #16
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Hey GTO! As said by amtak, a Proper Rio review would definitely be nice to get a good perspective.

I personally feel the 72 hp engine will suffice for the Rio. No one is gonna be buying it as a hot hatch. () So that power with the Rio's average dynamics should do fine. If the lower power output results in lesser turbo lag and better FE, then it will be a definitely a decent buy. I have seen the older Rio. It looked quite funny due to its tiny appearance and very unimpressive looks. But this one at least by photographs looks better than that.

If it does not have too many dynamic shortfalls and the looks are more proportionate, then it is definitely a car too consider if someone wants more space than a normal hatch and cannot afford a Duster. Or someone who doesn't want the farmyard Bolero. It is a decent compromise between the two. It could capture the market and the Indian mentality about SUV's which the Ford Fusion could never do. The product makes sense, but marketing needs to be very well calculated with professional execution.

But Premier definitely need to prove they are serious by improving the *** situation, especially as the Mini-Zylo is not that far away from release. Who knows, they might actually do decent figures!

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Premier must nor spruce up the marketing strategy and offer a 4/5 year warranty and also increase the customer satisfaction experience.There are aound 50 dealers only and training / channelize them is easier than when the number reached 150.

They HAVE to do this to fight with established players like M&M, Maruti et all.
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The difference between the Petrol and Diesel entry variants is more than 2L+, why such a huge difference. Unfortunately the Rio website give the prices of only Petrol variants, no pricing available for Diesel variants.

Whats different in the new look Rio from the earlier models?
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According to the brochure, all models have all available safety features as standard. Which is pretty neat. And the difference between the lower and higher models is the lack of alloys, music system and floor matting!
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The difference between the Petrol and Diesel entry variants is more than 2L+, why such a huge difference. Unfortunately the Rio website give the prices of only Petrol variants, no pricing available for Diesel variants.

Whats different in the new look Rio from the earlier models?
Other than cosmetic changes, the main change is the Fiat Engine , which is its USP.
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Old 27th August 2012, 16:04   #22
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In Peenya Industrial estate, saw a building with name 'Technology development centre' for Rio. Not sure what development they are doing in that building. There is an dealership next to it.

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Is there anyone from T-BHP who owns a Rio? Wanted to have some feedback from BHPian before we have any official review on the vehicle. Haven't seen any Rio on road till date!
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I just drove one last fortnight. It was possibly the worst brand new vehicle I've ever driven. The chassis doesn't know what the wheels are doing. The steering is out of sorts. The ride quality is decent, but then the build quality is abysmal. The brand new TD vehicle had zero clutch travel and was already rattling. There was no place in the footwell to park my large shoes and the airconditioner was not cooling at all. The plus point was the large wheels and attractive alloys.
BUT HEAR THIS! I don't know what Premier has done to the MultiJet engine, but there was NO Turbo surge, no pickup (no lag also, though) and none of those cruising abilities that make us love the Swifts and Fiats and Tatas. The engine was just dead. ONLY Premier could make something as stellar as the MultiJet look dead.
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My friend was working with Premier when Rio was launched. He was in core marketing team. He spent good two years of his career in that company.

When they were being ready for launch of the vehicle, he invited me to have a test drive in company premises. I went there and at first glance, I actually appreciated the chunky stance and posture of it. But the good feeling ended as quickly as it came.

Few Points:
1) Absolutely no thinking of Ergonomics.
2) Abysmal interior/exterior build.(I don't even dare to write the word QUALITY)
3) Back seat angle. How can a seat be Acute angled?

Many many other points discussed in above posts also bothered me.

When my friend asked me about my opinion, I advised him to look for a new job.
I asked him a simple question,

Where is Premier's After Sales Service ??? Would he be ready to pay his hard earned money to have a piece of junk


The answer: He changed his job and is living with a korean happily!

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Was on my way back from the Pune and saw a brand new unregistered Premier Rio on the expressway 'stalled' and possibly with some malfunction. There was a guy peering under the bonnet in a white shirt and blue pants. Possibly a Premier employee, if am not mistaken that's their company dress code.

Reliability issues on a brand new car or maybe a test car failing. Its a mystery.
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I saw a couple of new Premier Rio's in Mumbai recently. Looked quite nice at least externally. But dimensions are too dinky car. When I saw a white one recently in my peripheral vision, first impression in my mind was white Santro.
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According to Overdrive's test,0-100 comes up in 14.99 seconds,which i think is pretty decent.
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If PAL has sold 2000 units, then surely its an accomplishment.

I'm not sure by putting in FIAT 1.3 MJD engine would help, for that matter even if Merc's Kompressor engine is plonked in RIO, I'm not sure if it would boost sales.

There is need to create awareness about the brand and the car.

If Rio had come under Maruti badge, it would have been interesting to see the sales numbers..
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Saw my first Rio today, looks much better overall compared to a Quanto and its a poroven 1.3 Multi-jet for diesel. So am wondering what can go wrong !!
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