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Old 29th November 2006, 10:33   #16
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Honda Fit would be really hard to do in a price range of 4-5 Lakhs. I think if launched it'll not be less than 6L on the road & that'll be simply too expensive for a hatch even if it's a Honda since the sales numbers will be pretty small to make any dent in the mainstream market.
In that case Fit would be pitched against fabia, if skoda launches it in india. But there seems to be no model of honda other than Fit fitting a small car badge of honda. Also the car is positioned as 4 to 5 lakhs car, so they will not be comming with a Kei Car as well.

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Manufacturers for hatchbacks today are seriously looking at exploiting the duty cut for small cars by plonking in smaller engines & reducing the lengths of the cars by playing around with the bumpers etc. Since it is in this segment that the real sales numbers lie.
Then lets build a car for honda
It could be the same platform as the Fit, but cost saving things like:

1. Use the 1.3L honda city exi re-engineered to 1.2L and keeping the length less than 4 meters(tax benefits) or they may even have to develop or outsource a deisel engine less than or equal to 1.5L or how about the puny 1.0L of the insight.
2. Using interiors similar to a 4 to 5 lakh car. means reducing the 'plush' thing.
3. Using lesser options.

By the way we are talking about Toyota small car, Toyota have good number of small cars, petrol and diesel engines.
They can consider the following cars directly or their platforms:
. Toyota Succeed
. Toyota Probox (based on succeed)
. Toyota Vitz (also known as Yaris)
. Scion xA
. Toyota Aygo (this was is news in 2005)
. And ofcourse they have Diahatsu in their kitty


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Old 29th November 2006, 10:38   #17
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In that case Fit would be pitched against fabia, if skoda launches it in india.

Actually the fabia[sedan] is to compete with the Honda city sedan.Dont know if skoda has plans to launch the fabia hatch as well.


From the TKM briefings ,for the time being they want to launch a new car which would not be segment specific,something which they did with the qualis and the innova.One car which comes to mind is the avanza another is the daihatsu terios/be-go.




Chinese Toyota avanza

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I tihnk it can either be

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The rear of the Yaris isnt that bad. its the front thts a bit messed up
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The rear of the Yaris isnt that bad. its the front thts a bit messed up
The front is really messed, shud say...!!
Doesnt the badging look like the badging Verna has now come up with??
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