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View Poll Results: Your Car of the Year 2014?
Maruti Alto K10 25 1.02%
Datsun Go 12 0.49%
Maruti Celerio 129 5.26%
Tata Zest 962 39.20%
Hyundai Xcent 39 1.59%
Hyundai Elite i20 486 19.80%
Honda Mobilio 57 2.32%
Maruti Ciaz 121 4.93%
Honda City 238 9.70%
Mahindra Scorpio 75 3.06%
Toyota Corolla Altis 54 2.20%
Hyundai Santa Fe 29 1.18%
Audi A3 91 3.71%
Mercedes GLA-Class 45 1.83%
Mini Cooper 21 0.86%
Mercedes C-Class 70 2.85%
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Old 6th December 2014, 15:53   #16
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(Edit) Elite i20 : That car is a stunner! Brilliant design.

Also, Zest seems to be THE turn-around product for a bleeding Tata Motors.

A BRILLIANT VFM offering.

TATA Service is rated better than TOYOTA, what more.

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Old 6th December 2014, 15:54   #17
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Among this list, my vote goes for the Elite i20. Never before has such a car oozed style and desirability in its class. Its well equipped and build quality is fantastic as well. It feels like a world class product. Every time I see a new i20, it stirs up something in my heart, even though I am driving a GT TDI.
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Old 6th December 2014, 15:55   #18
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Rooting for the Zest. Make in India.

With hopes that it won't have serious long term issues.

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Voted for Alto K10. Its an improvement over earlier K10, has an engine which is super good on highway given its displacement. Fun to drive.
After all, the drive, sorry, any drive must not be boring. K10 is not boring to drive. Xcent kind off is boring to drive.
Given the size of motors, Ciaz should have a lower price tag IMO. Celerio lost for me due to poor seats ( and similarly, the Xcent too ).

Second is Scorpio. Nice to see an Indian firm come up with a much improved version of existing product. Elite i20 is worse than Celerio for me. Cost = gone up, airbags in top end version = reduced. Petrol engine remains lethargic and diesel is way too expensive.

Alto K10 is the car which may be one of the most Fun to Drive cars ( atleast in city environment ) and it does not cost a bomb to either own or run or maintain one.
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For the first time ever this is going to be a difficult decision. My Top contenders are-
  1. Honda City- Improved Package, now with Diesel power. But Diesel too loud and build quality too tinny.
  2. Hyundai i20- Truly the only premium hatchback till the new Honda Jazz arrives. But Chassis and Dynamics are still worse than most of the competition.
  3. Tata Zest- Good comeback effort by Tata. Great VFM and Diesel AMT. But i still fear going to Tata dealers, hope they sorted QC issues and random niggles, it's impossible to gain trust back overnight.
  4. Mahindra Scorpio- With most of the serious shortcomings now fixed, the solid chassis based truck looks like a good VFM option now. But Ergonomic issues still remain and the new design will take ages to grow on my eyes.

I am not voting for now, i need time to think!
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Default re: Team-BHP Car of the Year, 2014. EDIT: Tata Zest it is!

Voted for Zest.

Got to check out the car (exteriors only) at my office parking lot the other day, and shamelessly peeped inside for a look.
I can safely say that this is a quantum leap for TATA.

Others have stuck to what they do best (Maruti - grugal cars, Hyundai - awesome styling, Mahindra - butch looks), but this is a great attempt from TATA to shed the stigma associated with Indi(ca/go).

With the variants and equipment on offer for it's segment, Zest is my choice for TBHP COTY.
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Default re: Team-BHP Car of the Year, 2014. EDIT: Tata Zest it is!

This poll is as difficult as the question "Who do you love most, Mommy or Daddy?"

I really like the Zest, the GLA and the Elite i20.
Though I have made my decision, in my mind, it is still a tie!
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Hyundai Elite I20 all the way.
However, in this case it is the Diesel version Top Spec Asta with all Options that gets my vote, because I feel the Petrol is very underpowered.
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My vote(hands down) for the Celerio, for bringing in a much needed mass market automatic(although not fully auto, but nevertheless). The Zest just followed it up with the diesel but I admire the fact MSIL took the lead, at a time when the market terribly needed such a vehicle. Everyone else is just following up now.
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Voted for Zest.

Reason: The product is an honest effort by the manufacturer (TATA) to make amends and develop a product that is truly best in class on most parameters.
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I feel that the award has to go to the Mercedes Benz GLA because of its compactness and its price point which makes it a starting point for those who are entering the luxury class.
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Datsun Go
What you won't:
• Cost cutting is obvious, especially with the interiors
• Too noisy. Overall NVH levels are rather poor
• Datsun is an unknown brand & Nissan's after-sales service is substandard
• No ABS or Airbags offered on any variant
• Awful 155 mm Strada brand Tyres
• The Micra Active is close, especially from an EMI perspective
• Missing essentials (glovebox lid, retractable rear seatbelts, ORVM adjustment stalk, day/night IRVM, proper head-unit)

Market Response: Flop.
I think we need to add the fact that it flunked NCAP so badly that it was strongly recommended for urgent withdrawal!
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I voted for Zest:

1) VFM
2) Cheap to maintain, service and spares costs reasonable and good number of Tata Motors service centres.
3) Genuine efforts by TATA to get back their name and what they deserve in long term.
4) Nice interiors, space and a brilliant suspension.
5) Its a TATA- Made in India, will always have my soft corner for any Indian company and especially TATA a company with a human touch.
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Voted for the Zest. Its a great effort by Tata and they're headed in the right direction, atleast product wise after a very long time. They launched it with diesel+AMT combination,something the segment was missing for long and which also lead to other manufacturers follow suit,though implemented better.
If the dealership experience is improved, it could turn around fortunes for Tata.
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If TATA deliver with the Zest and the upcoming Bolt then we are looking at exciting times for TATA MOTORS.
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