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Old 2nd September 2014, 15:25   #31
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I got an invitation to visit TATA Motors Pune plant last week, and sent confirmation email on same day. I did not receive any acknowledgement or further details from them.
@Latheesh, you'll receive it just a day or two before the actual date of travel - Don't worry, be patient.
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Very Nice.

Thanks pankajparikh for the excellent write-up.
You could spot me sitting right next to the bumper.
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Adding AC vents for the rear seat passengers & an additional roof light for the back bench probably would have been more of a more practical alternative as opposed to adding DRLs & angel eyed headlamps ..
Purely my view. AC vents for the rear seats are much needed in cars which do not have the central vents right above the centre console (eg. Hyundai i10). Otherwise, the conventional setup is good enough to throw air to the second row. Moreover, the rear vents most often cool the feet than the face, which is the comment I receive from friends and family, for our Safari!

As for the rear roof lamps, they have them on the eCS, but wonder why they have omitted them on the Zest. But I cannot remember a single day in our last near 1 year of the eCS ownership, where any of us in the family ever used them. Perhaps that was more like a vestigial organ, that disappeared with evolution!

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For the test-drive - we were driving the top-end Revotron (Petrol) Zest and while I changed it from Normal to Sports mode on the fly - could immediately feel the power boost other than which I don't think there were any other feature changes.
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I think, as they have all the money in the world - it has become very easy for TATA to create a game changing experience in this segment, just by hiring the right people.
pankajparikh: Congratulations on the chance to visit & tour the manufacturing facility. And to test drive on their tracks an engine that is technically superior. Not an opportunity that everyone gets everyday.
I guess Tata needs a little more than money to change the game - agree you can get top talent to build the focus but will it go down all the way to an implementation at ground level is what remains to be seen

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Indeed, he was very customer focused. And the first time he heard about me was in my public account email to him, no prior knowledge. ..
And it may take another generation of cars beyond Zest/Bolt for that to happen, where people are willing to take a chance based on the sheer brilliance of the car, compared to the competition at the price point. I could be wrong, time will tell.
Indeed Sawyer. Agree to this completely. This is the reason why quite few people I've talked to are waiting for the Zest to go through it's run-in period (so to speak) before they put in their hard earned money on this entrant car.

OT: That being said, the market has taken to Mobilio very happily despite it's evident, glaring short comings & cost-cuttings. I guess this goes to show that our market it very difficult to pin-down to specific buying preferences to just one pattern.
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OT: That being said, the market has taken to Mobilio very happily despite it's evident, glaring short comings & cost-cuttings. I guess this goes to show that our market it very difficult to pin-down to specific buying preferences to just one pattern.
The thing to remember is that the bulk of car buyers aren't represented by TBHP members in terms of their preferences.
In the volume segment what they want is a car that looks good, has enough features, delivers good mileage, is well priced, and is as reliable as an appliance. And when it needs attention, after sales support is cheap and reliable.
Things that move members here to heights are non issues for most. The i20 is a big success in spite of the poor handling and weird steering. On the other hand, Fiats are a big flop.
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I got an invitation to visit TATA Motors Pune plant last week, and sent confirmation email on same day. I did not receive any acknowledgement or further details from them.
Latheesh, which date have you been invited on? I got an email with a survey link today morning. For me, it's 13-Sep.
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Latheesh, which date have you been invited on? I got an email with a survey link today morning. For me, it's 13-Sep.
I got the invite for the 13th as well. Are you going for the event? I will be go nice to meet up with other TBHP members.
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The insulating material seems to be absent in many models in the same category: Honda Amaze and on the Xcent too. Seems to be becoming a standard (lack of) feature!

I would really like to see the rear wiper as standard on all models as it is really additions and costs so little extra.

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A black carpet/insulating material covering the interior of the boot lid seems to have been omitted altogether.

Adding AC vents for the rear seat passengers & an additional roof light for the back bench probably would have been more of a more practical alternative as opposed to adding DRLs & angel eyed headlamps ..
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I got the invite for the 13th as well. Are you going for the event? I will be go nice to meet up with other TBHP members.
Cool. Yes, I have confirmed. Waiting to hear from them now.
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The insulating material seems to be absent in many models in the same category: Honda Amaze and on the Xcent too. Seems to be becoming a standard (lack of) feature!
True.

I wonder how much a company actually stands to save by skimping on carpeting (and leaving the innards of the trunk lid exposed). Especially when mass market cars these days are trying hard to convey a VFM proposition in order to woo customers.

Adding a bit of extra carpeting, a lamp in places where required, an arm rest for the driver, extra power outlets for rear seat passengers, scuff plates in the door sills etc. do play a role in imparting a more premium feel to the car (which would help boost sales) apart from being practical.

Reasons being -

(a) Most people I know of, own more than one smart phone & laptops which need to be charged on the move. Extra charging points really are useful.

(b) An extra lamp for rear seat passengers help locate that elusive ear-ring/dropped keys when needed as opposed to groping in the dark.

Ditto for the trunk when picking up groceries scattered all over the place.

Maybe adding a hook for holding shopping bags in place would also help.

(c) Scuff guards for the door sill - need I explain?
I am yet to find passengers who manage to maneuver their feet into the car without scuffing the paint/muddying the door sills & carpeting

Instead, they would rather sell cars which are faux chrome plated all over.

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I would really like to see the rear wiper as standard on all models as it is really additions and costs so little extra.
For hatchbacks, this is quite true.
In case of sedans, this may prove a bit of an engineering challenge.
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Latheesh, which date have you been invited on? I got an email with a survey link today morning. For me, it's 13-Sep.
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I got the invite for the 13th as well. Are you going for the event? I will be go nice to meet up with other TBHP members.
Sept-13 and confirmed my participation. Got a survey link yesterday, and submitted my details.

So we have 3 BHPians visiting on 13th.
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Very Nice.

Thanks pankajparikh for the excellent write-up.
You could spot me sitting right next to the bumper.
Hey, thanks dude - made my day!
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Sept-13 and confirmed my participation. Got a survey link yesterday, and submitted my details.

So we have 3 BHPians visiting on 13th.
Congratulations, Guys
Advise - carry some bag along, as they'll provide some papers, etc + the T-Shirt that you'll have to wear and carry your existing one through-out the visit. Also carry ur DSLR's if you have any, they allow pic's at some places..
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Congratulations, Guys
Advise - carry some bag along, as they'll provide some papers, etc + the T-Shirt that you'll have to wear and carry your existing one through-out the visit. Also carry ur DSLR's if you have any, they allow pic's at some places..
Thanks for the pointers. Appreciate it!

About the camera, I think you have covered the plant pretty well, I'll just enjoy the visit! For a few pics I might take, will use the phone cam.
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It was our turn yesterday, and was a wonderful experience.
It was nice meeting you Dry Ice, any other BHPians were there?
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