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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 22nd December 2012, 10:19   #331
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I am not in the market for buying car. But if I had to go for one, I am most likely to shortlist Elantra. Hence voted for it.
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Close call between Ertiga and Duster but I voted for Duster. Here's why.

a) Renault has created its own space which in the hindsight looks too tempting for a sedan-buyer to upgrade to, with a slightly higher price point

b) Renault as brand had 4 brands introduced earlier (IIRC) and none made it to the "100-crore club" if I can use that analogy. They could have simply kept getting in new flavors of the same 4 in the years and just be happy with a nibble in market share. Instead they came up with the Duster - which to me is a very bold move. That the Duster has made Renault a stronger contender in the budget "soft-off-roader" by itself deserves kudos.

c) Apart from the aesthetics, VFM pricing, it ticks most boxes.

d) Ertiga too ticks all the boxes but coming from the Maruti stable it was expected to deliver the high standards. That too me just took out the "surprise" element which Renault delivered

Hence "Duster" is my COTY 2012.
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It's the Duster for me.

This car did the impossible! i.e. eating into the market share of mighty Scorpio and Safari. It has given a completely different look to the Renault sales graphs. Renault has hit the Bulls eye with Duster in India.
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I am mighty surprised by the huge margin with which Duster is leading the poll for COTY 2012. I personally feel when you are putting in that kind of money for a Duster plonk in a lakh or two more and go for the full fledged SUVs like the Scorpio or Innova if you want space. Duster neither offers you space nor the rugged looks of a SUV. It's a compromise on everything.

I voted for the Renault Scala, it's a decent offering at that price .

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I voted for the BMW 3 series. Just love the 328i. Nippy, good looking car.
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Well, the Renault Duster has been awarded the prestigious Indian Car Of The Year 2013 in a function at Taj Land's End, Mumbai on December 20th.

The official press release :-

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THE INDIAN CAR OF THE YEAR & THE INDIAN MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR 2013 UNVEILED

~ Renault Duster & KTM Duke 200 were awarded with the prestigious ICOTY & IMOTY 2013 awards respectively~

Mumbai, December 20, 2012: In line with the American Car of the Year, European Car of the Year and Japanese Car of the Year, leading automobile magazines in India who constitute the jury of Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) and Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) along with JK Tyre presented the most prominent awards of the Indian automotive industry – the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) and the Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2013 (IMOTY) at Taj Lands End in Mumbai on December 20, 2012. Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited handed over the Indian car of the Year trophy to Mr. Marc Nassif, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Private Limited and Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Executive Director – S&M, Renault India Private Limited and the Indian Motorcycle of the Year trophy to Mr. Amit Nandi, Vice President – Pro-Biking, Bajaj Auto on behalf of the esteemed jury of ICOTY & IMOTY 2013.
The ICOTY & IMOTY awards are the most credible and coveted award and almost like the 'Oscar' of Indian automotive awards. These awards are an expert and independent judgment of the best new car and motorcycle. They are aimed at recognizing focused, consistent, and rigorous efforts made by auto manufacturers, with the highest levels of performance in the areas of design excellence, innovation and R&D, and the awards have been gaining prominence with each passing year. JK Tyre has been associated with these awards ever since its inception.
It is pertinent to note that though many new cars & two wheelers were launched in the year 2012, a few more than 20 qualified for the 2013 ICOTY & IMOTY award. It was a very close competition between the top three contenders in both the categories. Maruti Ertiga, Renault Duster & Hyundai Elantra were amongst the finalists for the ICOTY category, while the finalists for the IMOTY category included the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS and Discover 125ST, KTM Duke 200 and Honda Dream Yuga. The nominated cars and motorcycles were judged on various parameters such as price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, and value for money and suitability for Indian driving conditions.
Congratulating the winners, Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd. said, "The ICOTY and IMOTY awards represent India's best on wheels; the nominated cars and motorcycles compete under strict and rigorous guidelines which are a hallmark in the making of the most coveted awards in the auto industry. I congratulate the winners and nominees who are trailblazers for the industry and ever since 2006 the awards continue to reflect the commitment, zeal, enthusiasm and stand as a benchmark of excellence which every auto manufacturer aims to earn."
The esteemed jury for ICOTY and IMOTY constituted of Bob Rupani and Gautam Sen of Auto India; Vikrant Singh and Rahul Ghosh of Auto Bild; Aspi Bhathena of Car India & Bike India; Bertrand D'souza and Shubhabrata Marmar of Overdrive; Srinivas Krishnan, Pablo Chaterji and Rohin Nagrani of Business Standard Motoring and Girish Karkera and Sriram Narayanan of Top Gear. Two new jury members were added to the jury list this year- Dhruv Behl of Auto X and Muralidhar Swaminathan of The Hindu Business Line. This specialist jury consisting of senior Indian automotive journalists is the best from the industry and together they have over 300 years of experience. The jury is known for their analytical skills and competence in evaluating and testing cars, as a part of their profession. The highly experienced jury members are responsible for selecting a single decisive winner and the voting process has been designed to be very fair and unbiased.
Congratulating the winner, Mr. Bob Rupani, Executive Editor, Auto India & Chairperson, Indian Car of the Year 2013 said, "As a founder Jury Member I am very proud to see the amazing growth and popularity of this award. It is by far the most credible award with a completely transparent voting procedure. This year the competition was particularly tough as we saw the launch of some very fine machines. In fact we had as many as three contenders from just one manufacturer Maruti-Suzuki. In the end it was the Renault Duster that took the crown and I feel it is a very deserving winner. It has set several new benchmarks and like all past ICOTY award winners it is sure to become popular with Indian consumers."
Mr. Pablo Chaterji, Senior Editor, Business Standard Motoring & Chairperson Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2013 said, "This year, we saw a variety of motorcycles from across categories in contention for the IMOTY 2013 award. We had affordable performance bikes like the Pulsar 200NS, commuters like the Honda Dream Yuga and Suzuki Hayate and even a cruiser in the form of the Royal Enfield Thunderbird. In the end, however, the KTM Duke 200 was the clear winner - it's an exciting and affordable combination of great design, thrilling performance and outstanding agility, all in one package."
The expert jury ensured that the voting system is fair and transparent, to make ICOTY and IMOTY the most coveted awards in the industry.
The glittering ceremony was made even merrier by a scintillating musical extravaganza presented by the Silver Strings.
About ICOTY and IMOTY
ICOTY and IMOTY are the bodies formed to recognize exceptional level of competence, innovation and technology in the auto & auto ancillary industries. The awards recognize the company with the highest level of performance in terms of product development, quality, timely delivery, competitive pricing, project management and customer service. All the acknowledged jury members evaluate cars and motorcycles as a part of their journalistic work and are known for their professional competence. The awards are in line with international standards and modelled on the American Car of the Year, European Car of the Year and Japanese Car of the Year.
About JK Tyre & Industries Ltd:
JK Tyre & Industries Ltd. is the first and only Tyre brand in India to be awarded 'Superbrand'. It is also recently been recognised by Reader's Digest as the "Trusted Brand." It is the flagship Company of the JK Organisation known for manufacturing leading tyre brands - JK Tyre, Vikrant and Tornel. JK Tyre is the leading Truck and Bus Radial Tyre manufacturer in India and has crossed the 4 million number mark in Truck Bus Radial Tyres including exports of 1 million tyres to the global markets. With a distribution network of over 4000 dealers and over 130 stocking points, 3 Truck Wheels showroom & 17 Truck Radial tyre care centres, the company has left a mark across every Indian road treading into every nook and corner of the country.

SOURCE - http://www.rushlane.com/renault-dust...r-1256599.html
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Well, I voted for hyundai elantra.Reasons being:

(a) Thanks to the Fluidic design concept being employed on each and every hyundai car that make thier car quite distinct from other car manufacturers. This one the Elantra , I alluded to, seems to be the best of the lot.Its beautifull compared to the previous gen Elantra.

(b) I am quite content to know that they installed the tried and tested conventional 6 speed AT on their car rather than a DSG box which has its own set of reliability issues associated with it.I believe, it(DSG box) requires a descerning mind on part of a repair guy, to entangle the problems that come with DSG, and than to diagnose and repair it!.Better to go for something thats reliable like conventional AT.

(c) Nevertheless, Hyundai cars come with all the bells and whistles with respect to the top variant. Airbags, ABS+EBD,etc , you name it and they have it! Especially concerning Elantra.

And many other reasons, which might already have been set forth in detail , on this forum. Therefore, I may not reiterate it.
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My Vote goes to the Ertiga. Reasons,

1. Great 5 seater with loads of luggage space and occasional 7 seater.
2. A very practical car which will satisfy most of the requirements of an average car buyer.
3. Maruti's great after sales services and spare parts availability. Looks contemporary also. A good VFM product.

However, I'm quite surprised with the Duster, even with the after sales service is a gamble, it still manged to be the COTY.

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Hello All,

My Vote goes to Renault Duster.

The Car is really a Owner's Pride & Onlookers Envy. Whenever I see this Car on road, I feel it is surely an attention grabber. Much is said about its Pricing, built & styling, bit I sincerely appreciate the guts on part of Renault to come up with 5 seater SUV.

Any other Indian manufacturer would have launched the same Car with 7 or 8 seater capacity, but Renault launched & marketed this Car in true sense & essence of SUV.

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However, I'm quite surprised with the Duster, even with the after sales service is a gamble, it still manged to be the COTY.
I guess less of a gamble that the VW family esp. Sköda.
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For me it's a choice between the Duster and the Ertiga.

I start by asking myself, which car can be a replacement for my trusted Ford Fusion?

Renault Duster

+ ve's
  1. Car like handling & good ride comfort
  2. Good space
  3. Excellent GC
  4. Looks good
  5. Reliable (Based on reports from markets where it has been available)
  6. Efficient diesel engine

- ve's
  1. Features on offer for the price it demands
  2. Renaults A.S.S is an unknown territory (Going by what I hear, I am not impressed)
  3. Some oddly placed controls
  4. Biggest -ve for me is that I have most (if not all) of the + ve's listed above in my 7 year old Fusion, why should I upgrade and empty my purse?

Maruti Ertiga

+ ve's
  1. Great space on the inside
  2. Efficient diesel engine
  3. Decent equipment for the price
  4. Well put together interiors
  5. Looks great IMHO
  6. Considering the features on offer, I feel it is VFM
  7. Maruti's relaiable A.S.S

- ve's
  1. It is neither a comfortable 5 seater with good luggage space, nor a spacious 7 seater.
  2. Again, the biggest -ve for me is that I have most (if not all) of the + ve's listed above in my 7 year old Fusion, why should I upgrade and empty my purse?

End of the day, neither car makes the cut, so I keep the Fusion . If I really have to choose, It would be on the basis of the -ve's listed above and the price.

So, Ertiga it is for me.

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My Vote goes to the Ertiga. Reasons,

1. Great 5 seater with loads of luggage space and occasional 7 seater.
2. A very practical car which will satisfy most of the requirements of an average car buyer.
3. Maruti's great after sales services and spare parts availability. Looks contemporary also. A good VFM product.

However, I'm quite surprised with the Duster, even with the after sales service is a gamble, it still manged to be the COTY.
I fully agree with this and also would like to add one big + point
1. Proven 1.3L DDiS engine. The claimed 19KMPL is absolutely believable based on performance experience of numerous friends who used Swift since many years.

I wonder if Duster will sustain the momentum after 1 year when there will be increased competition in the segment.
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While I voted for Duster, I am personally biased towards my 7 seater Innova that I drive and I can only imagine that I would vote for it had it made it to this list. The doubt I have is what if I had to buy my Innova today? Would I have settled for a Duster instead?
Exactly my feelings. No car mentioned here combines practicality, comfort, long distance cruising ability and space for the entire family like Innova does. I am a die hard fan of the vehicle and love it for what it offers.
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I fully agree with this and also would like to add one big + point
1. Proven 1.3L DDiS engine. The claimed 19KMPL is absolutely believable based on performance experience of numerous friends who used Swift since many years.
That big plus is kind of applicable to the Duster as well. Its engine (1.5 dci) is doing duty in many other cars like Logan/Verito, Sunny, Micra, Pulse, Scala, and the Fluence.
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It's duster for me too. More than anything, after owning one extremely well diesel sedan (lancer) and one nimble, excellent petrol car with struggling power (Alto), I presently own a thirsty petrol sedan with good power and city drivability. (Etios).

I always have craved and been craving for a vehicle with good ground clearance for our awful roads, a rock solid reliability, bullet proof body withstanding good abuse and decent power coupled with good economy (read diesel heart)

Duster just ticks all the boxes and so it is my choice. I'd own one next year by this time if Honda Amaze diesel is not well priced!
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