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View Poll Results: Your Car of the Year 2012?
Maruti Alto 800 36 1.70%
Renault Pulse 9 0.42%
Chevrolet Sail U-VA 30 1.41%
Maruti Dzire 42 1.98%
Mahindra Quanto 22 1.04%
Maruti Ertiga 420 19.79%
Renault Scala 8 0.38%
Renault Duster 1135 53.49%
Nissan Evalia 5 0.24%
Tata Safari Storme 67 3.16%
Hyundai Elantra 97 4.57%
Ssangyong Rexton 12 0.57%
Hyundai Sonata 8 0.38%
Toyota Camry 7 0.33%
Mercedes B-Class 13 0.61%
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 23 1.08%
Mini Cooper 28 1.32%
Audi Q3 34 1.60%
BMW 3 Series 126 5.94%
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Old 9th December 2012, 11:12   #136
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Default re: The Team-BHP Car of the Year 2012. EDIT : Renault Duster it is!

Voted for Duster for all the obvious benefits it offers for indian consumer. Although, it loses out on the cost factor, missing out the 4x4 variant (until now) and a very basic petrol version (without any security features).
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Voted for the Duster.
The Diesel 85 BHP is excellent value for money. Poor man's Fortuner :-)
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Voted for Duster. What the Scorpio did 10yrs (?)Back, the Duster is doing now - providing a worthy SUVish alternative to sedans. There has always been a pent up demand for a more rugged alternative to sedans in India thanks to vanishing city roads, "might is right" funda in city traffic, improved highways triggerring more people to take to the road trips with lots of baggage. Scorpio cashed in ( and continues to ) on this demand when it came and strangely not a single other manufacturer chose to tap this segment further. And then came the Duster - the efficient Diesel was another big bonus. If Diesel was as expensive as Petrol, I would think the Duster would still sell as many ( more of Petrols though ). Also want to add that the SUV trend should not extend any further to smaller segments. Duster should be as small as SUVs get IMO. Really hope to see more action in this segment in the coming years.
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Default re: The Team-BHP Car of the Year 2012. EDIT : Renault Duster it is!

My Vote to Ertiga. Why?
1) Flexibility to be used as 5 Seater + Huge Boot space (OR) as a 7 seater at least within the city.
2) Easy to drive around in city, doesn't take much parking space as innova or other 7 seaters.
3) Good fuel efficiency.
4) MASS Network
5) Well Priced.
6) ABS in the lower version(LDI) as well.

I would love to see the 1.6L DDIS engine in Ertiga though.
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Old 9th December 2012, 20:50   #140
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As it stands.
Renault Duster - 315 votes
Renault Pulse - zilch

Two faces of a coin. Just shows the power of VFM (well almost) + SUV !!
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Default re: The Team-BHP Car of the Year 2012. EDIT : Renault Duster it is!

Like every year, I have voted for a car that I would buy with my own money - Maruti Ertiga.

The Duster was a close second with Dzire & 800 next in the pecking order.
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Default re: The Team-BHP Car of the Year 2012. EDIT : Renault Duster it is!

Yep the Dzire, Ertiga and the Duster are the ones to vote for considering market response.

The new 3 series and the Rexton tug at the heart quite a bit.

Yet voted for the Strome possibly coming from a previous Safari owner with an Aria on hand, there could be a bit of bias. But then if TATA had never made the Aria then the Storme or XUV or Rexton would possibly have been at the top of my shopping cart list.
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Default re: The Team-BHP Car of the Year 2012. EDIT : Renault Duster it is!

Man, looks like Duster is going to win with more than 50% of votes just like how XUV 500 did last time.

But my vote goes for Ertiga, if you think of it as efforts put by a design team to help company / people. I am guessing Ertiga would come higher in terms of effort and intention.

For Duster, the platform was already there, all the PD team had to do was remove all the components and make the car cheap. Which they did perfectly.
But for Ertiga, its a well thought our strategy to
a. Make use of the Ritz platform
b. Satisfy the demand for UV's in India, given that Innova and Aria are too big and unaffordable by most families.

Bottomline. So in terms of intention of developing the model and efforts put in, I guess Ertiga scores more
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Old 10th December 2012, 10:50   #144
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My vote too goes for Duster. I do feel that it is overpriced. Even with that it is selling in good numbers as in that segment (Entry level cross over with feel of an SUV with drivability of a sedan) there is hardly any competition.
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I was split over Renault Duster and Maruti Ertiga. However, my vote goes to the Duster simply for being the first compact SUV (ignore the Rio) and we expect to see a lot of action in this segment in the years to come.
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Duster it is! Renault has done a superb job with it. They could have packaged the features of the Lower variants much better though.
Ertiga is a close 2nd. It is brilliantly packaged. 7 seater, national diesel engine, reliability, based on the super successful swift, and excellent service back up. If I had to look at a family car today, then this is it.
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It's the Ertiga for me. Good dimensions, can carry 7 people with aplomb or 5 people with a HUGE boot, great Maruti network. Infact, to me it seems the most VFM buy for a family which includes husband, wife, parents and couple of kids. all can travel in comfort without having to pay for it through the nose.

I will put my money on the Ertiga.
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Old 10th December 2012, 20:35   #148
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Default re: The Team-BHP Car of the Year 2012. EDIT : Renault Duster it is!

Voted for the sail U-VA.

Though was a bit put off by its looks, was really impressed with the space and comfort it had to offer. Also add to that my liking for hatches/dislike towards SUV's.

Haven't driven one but was also very much impressed with the T-BHP review, which should we say was way more than just positive. Its really good that they can make a spacious family hatch that also has the dynamics and engine for that rare hidden spirit of a family man.
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Old 10th December 2012, 22:44   #149
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Voted for the one and only - Duster. This is because of the sheer excitement and frenzy it has caused in the Indian automobile sector by its presence.
No other car from a lesser known brand in India has done that before. Comparing it against Ertiga would'nt be fair because of the sheer size of the parent company the car belongs too.
More so, because of the fact that the car ticks quite a few boxes right like- handling,comfort,road presence,proven and capable engine etc.
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For me its the Ertiga, it ticks all boxes for a typical Indian family. It has adequate space, good interiors, good safety kit, decent engines and suzuki service network.


I wonder what the poll would have looked like if GTO voted last since GTO has a lot of fan following (including me).
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