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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 11th December 2014, 14:06   #346
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i voted for Tata Zest because:

1. Innovation: 3 driving modes. Unknown to the majority of Indian car buyers till now.

2. Feature Bundling: AMT with Diesel. It is the need of our times.

3. The departure in traditional Tata products.

My #2 choice was Honda City for the sheer desirability factor. I ruled out at the premium segment as these cars still remain outliers in the overall market.
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Old 11th December 2014, 14:16   #347
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How about the below?
  • No 1.4 petrol anymore...
Thanks. Have to disagree though, let me explain.

I bought a CRDI since I was looking for a diesel car. In that context AT,1.4 P doesn't matter. Sunroof, 6 airbags were never an option for the previous gen i20 in the diesel variants. And no other car this side of 1 million INR has 6 airbags anyway.

The braking power is far superior in the current i20 than the previous version with disc-brakes which is what matters at the end of the day, right?

For our use, the current HU & 8 speakers is more than enough. Yes, it might not be as good as a HK unit in Zest. No doubt, but is not at all mediocre by any standards.

There are a few "could-have" luxuries that's missing, agreed. But then that is the case for all the vehicles in this poll, isn't it? However are there any glaring omissions which make the i20 a not-so-competent car? I feel not.
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Old 11th December 2014, 14:16   #348
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Voted for Hyundai Xcent. I really don't care that only 33 others have voted for it till now, compared to hundreds of members who have voted for Zest, i20, City and Celerio.

Xcent is a well rounded and practical package which provides immense value for money. The Grand i10, on which the Xcent is based, is a remarkable improvement over the previous generation i10. Xcent provides decent cabin space and boot space. It provides good interiors and creature comforts. Boot is also well integrated and doesn't look like an afterthought. It comes with a refined and powerful NA petrol engine and a frugal (adequately powered) and refined diesel engine. It also offers AT option in petrol variant. I agree that the car is not perfect, but we need to understand that they need to keep some room for improvement during the mid-life make-over.

I personally don't consider Zest as a brand new car. For me, it is basically a chopped up Manza with some mechanical and cosmetic mods. And all the quality improvements which have been made now, should have been there since the beginning. What we are calling as improvements is actually Tata products playing catch up to the quality levels of its competitors. The turbo petrol produces only as much power as its NA competitors, why bother with a turbo then ? The AMT production is still not localised. I would wait for at least an year of the honeymoon period to be over before recommending Zest to anyone.

Celerio is a one trick pony. Remove the AMT and it has no USP. Even the AMT has not been localised. Safety features not being offered with AMT. Long term reliability of AMT unit is unknown.

i20 and City are not major improvements over the previous generation cars. Unrefined diesel engine in City and underpowered petrol engine in i20 are not acceptable.

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I voted for TATA Zest, mainly for design, pricing and diesel AMT in mid segment.
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Hyundai Elite i20 for the sheer transformation it has brought to the styling from the curvaceous design of earlier generation. The market has taken it like a duck to water. Massive improvement in driving dynamics, build quality and style. I think the Elite i20 has managed to move the goal posts further for its competition. In a market where all hatchbacks looks alike Elite i20 has managed to stand out from the competition in terms of style and silhouette.
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Am curious now.

Do you mind mentioning those "features & comfort" which are lacking in the i20 elite for the benefit of others, especially for owners like me who have done 8K+ kms on the car? Will be more than interesting to have a different perspective on the perceived shortfalls.
Where in my post have I mentioned that i20 lacks anything? I have just made a neutral statement. Please read it again. Cheers!
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Our current COTY leader Zest beats Honda Amaze second month running as per news reports.

http://auto.ndtv.com/news/tata-zest-...e-month-711242
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Old 11th December 2014, 18:18   #353
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Tata Zest it is! For entering unchartered territories of introducing a Sub-10 Lac diesel automatic which was the holy grail formula that every car maker worth his salt wanted to crack. This is HUGE.

Am not sure how many still realize it, but they moved the goal posts by introducing a new segment altogether and it is already showing in sales. And not to mention the amount of efforts they are putting in Quality which has made them one of the best in the segment.

Hyundai did with the I20 what they do best. Make a great looking car with even better interiors and throw in all features they can think of along with a strong engine on paper. Having owned quite a few Hyundais now, all I can say is they still camouflage their weaknesses well without making any notable inroads to address them.

Their driving dynamics still leave a lot to be desired and its engine though slightly better than the last one still isnt driveable enough. But they cracked the formula to the Indian masses' mindset I guess, so, good for them.

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I think we are close to reaching the saturation regarding the voting for COTY with 15+ days still to go.

I had listed below previous year's statistics.

Year - Total Votes (COTY - leader votes & voting %)
2014 - 2101 (Zest - 831 votes, 39%) & counting
2013 - 1362 (Ecosport - 696 votes, 51%)
2012 - 2122 (Duster - 1135 votes, 53%)
2011 - 2626 (XUV500 - 1487 votes, 56%)
2010 - 979 (Figo - 375 votes, 38%)
2009 - 1058 (Nano - 406 votes, 38%)

Does another private notification to all help to get more voters?
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Old 11th December 2014, 21:04   #355
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TATA Zest it is, for me.

Making an impression against tough competition -MS Dzire, Honda Amaze and Hyundai Xcent, that too from an Indian Manufacturer is an achievement in itself.

Hope the good buzz coverts into decent long term run for TATA. They deserve it
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My vote went for the Zest. Looks like the Tatas finally got their act together. Attractive match of features and pricing. A mass produced car will be produced in mass if it appeals to the masses.
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I think we are close to reaching the saturation regarding the voting for COTY with 15+ days still to go.

I had listed below previous year's statistics.

Year - Total Votes (COTY - leader votes & voting %)
2014 - 2101 (Zest - 831 votes, 39%) & counting
2013 - 1362 (Ecosport - 696 votes, 51%)
2012 - 2122 (Duster - 1135 votes, 53%)
2011 - 2626 (XUV500 - 1487 votes, 56%)
2010 - 979 (Figo - 375 votes, 38%)
2009 - 1058 (Nano - 406 votes, 38%)

Does another private notification to all help to get more voters?
I agree, the participation for COTY is very low considering the member strength and given the high no of active members.
Why our learned and (sometimes)opinionated members are holding back in giving their opinion for COTY?
Till last time I checked moderators have not mandated to post a justification for a vote and also they have not mandated a purchase for a car voted COTY by a member.

I surely wish for a higher participation, that will lend credence to the car crowned COTY here.

I do not know whether one more PM from moderators will help, but I think if all senior, distinguished and seasoned participants make a point to vote for COTY, participation will increase.
Could there be some correlation shown between vehicle voted COTY here v/s its success in market in successive year - may be this will encourage the members in participating in a vehicle's success story?
Any other suggestions welcome.

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Ha ha! I just voted for the TATA ZEST and checking the results, it seems a favourite. Amazed to see TATA gaining such a good brand value our or this car. Just goes to show what a sincere effort can do. Wonder why didnt they think of doing similar things about 2 decades back, they might not have been giving Maruti and others a run for their money.

Rants apart, Zest is my choice simply because it offers a great VFM and provides first in class (as a matter of facts 2 classes above) features. Neat stylising, unobtrusive cost cutting (you cant see but you get a feeling its there). Proud to see the Indian manufacturers finally accepting quality sells. Proud to see that an Indian manufacturer has proved quality does not mean you cannot provide VFM. Kudos!
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Voted for Celerio. Brought the concept of budget automatics for the first time in our market.
Ahem, that credit should actually go to the A-star isn't it? I quite liked that one!
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Voted for TATA Zest. Good package with AMT as an option. Wish they improve their service levels.
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