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Old 11th February 2006, 13:02   #31
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Default How many vehicle models we know are named "Sierra"?

You're talking about the same car with different names.
How about the same name for different vehicles?

Take for example, "Sierra"
Sierra is a Spanish word meaning "saw" and a mountain range that looks like the teeth of an inverted saw. (That's where we get our word "serrated" edge)
The "Sierra Nevada", meaning "snowy range" in Spanish, is a mountain range in Andalusia, Spain. The name is also used for a snowy mountain range in eastern California.

It is
  1. Europe's first jellybean family hatchback sedan in Europe: Ford Sierra (1982-1992).
  2. A truck in Canada: GMC Sierra.
  3. Spelt slightly differently, a small sedan in USA: Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.
  4. A short wheelbase version of our Maruti Gypsy in Australia: Suzuki Sierra.
  5. An prototype SUV-pretender in India: Tata Sierra.
  6. ...
Can a name once used for a product in one market, reused in that same market for a differently positioned product?

In India, we have two completely different classes of vehicle being called "Honda City".
IMHO, there's a world of difference in positioning
between the Old Honda City, which was a Honda-Civic-like family sedan, and
the Fit Aria (rebadged as the new Honda City) which is a small 2-box avant garde hatchback,
(See http://www.mugen-power.com/street/04.../wp04_1024.jpg)
with an unbecoming dikky, glued on as an afterthought.

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Old 11th February 2006, 13:14   #32
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The baleno 1.6 engine with 91 bhp does wonders only with a sub-tonne frame - add 300 odd kgs of the optra to that and it will sleep ....

a heavy car like optra definitely needs an engine of more than 100 horses to get it going ...
Maybe, maybe not.
It IS the quickest or close enough right now. Yes it'll get bogged down by the extra 300 kgs, but price it right and theres a definite huge market for it. (I have a hunch the Suzuki engine itself may be lighter and negate a little bit of the 'sheet metal' bulk). Then again, how terrible is a Baleno with 4 adults and luggage ? No first hand experience so cannot comment.


The Altura must have been heavier too by a bit, and expected to haul more luggage.

The key is pricing, maintenance, FE. The Suzuki engine gives you all that - and makes the car wayyy more practical. There's always the 1.8 for performance.
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Maybe, maybe not.
It IS the quickest or close enough right now. Yes it'll get bogged down by the extra 300 kgs, but price it right and theres a definite huge market for it. (I have a hunch the Suzuki engine itself may be lighter and negate a little bit of the 'sheet metal' bulk). Then again, how terrible is a Baleno with 4 adults and luggage ? No first hand experience so cannot comment.


The Altura must have been heavier too by a bit, and expected to haul more luggage.

The key is pricing, maintenance, FE. The Suzuki engine gives you all that - and makes the car wayyy more practical. There's always the 1.8 for performance.
http://www.internetautoguide.com/reviews/45-int/compact-cars/suzuki/esteem/2001/index.html
The 1.6L suzi engine may as well be a dud on the optra owing to the excess weight .. However the 1.8L option may fare better .. Baleno at 980 kgs is pretty peppy with 4 adults and luggage too .. Nothing that can make it a dud ..

However the weight difference btwn the baleno and the baleno altura is a mere 30kgs .. So dont think it would make much of a difference .. As far as i remember it ran the vary same engine as the baleno , with even the gear ratios being the same ..
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The key is pricing, maintenance, FE. The Suzuki engine gives you all that - and makes the car wayyy more practical. There's always the 1.8 for performance.
Sadly, it is not the engine which forms much of the pricing or the maintainence costs part - others like heavy body parts, suspension set-up make up for the higher pricing of the Optra, as compared to any suzuki offering.

And I am also not much sure about the FE part if a small engine has to lug a lot of weight around - even minus the 4 adults n luggage ...


Would love to see MUL/suzuki come out with a vehicle in india which is as comfy, luxurious, safe and has better ride quality than the Optra - and then provide it at the same low price, FE and maintainence costs as its other offerings, without cost-cutting at the expense of build quality ...
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Baleno at 980 kgs is pretty peppy with 4 adults and luggage too .. Nothing that can make it a dud ..
Well - what if the Baleno has 4 adults and luggage to start out with - and then you were to fit in 2 more adults and a lot more luggage , and go for a drag race with the Optra 1.6 with just 2 adults in - that would seal the discussion for me ...

I dont intend to de-ride the Baleno engine in any form - its a great engine in its present offering, but lets not stretch its capabilites a bit too far.
Also want to point out the fact that the 1.6 Holden is no slouch either ...
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Hi Goldie, only the 1.8 is a Holden engine. The 1.6 is a Daewoo.

Zenx, if you put the Baleno engine into the Optra, it'll be seriously underpowered, and your FE will go for a toss because you'll have to keep revving to get the car going.

Here's a thought for you. Put the 104 hp Optra engine into the Baleno and see what happens.
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Of course we're starting to go around in circles now , but my point is that not everyone is looking for the zippiest car.
* suzuki has a huge cost-efficient (to setup, run) service network with the ecomies of scale on its side
* the 1.6 Baleno with a full load is still decently powered - cannot imagine why it'll completely suck in a sightly heavier car (anyone has weight numbers for optra's vs baleno's engines?)
* If there were a stripped down Optra 1.6 - it'd pretty much be the Baleno! 5.5-6L for a 'newer' better interiored optra, even if less powerful, would rock!
* A lower entry point, lower TCO and the proven suzuki engine (definitely a longer term reliability winner over most others) make it a very attractive proposition.

Of course, this is all hypothesis. GM/Suzuki are hardly likely to do this here, so this is all mere conversation.
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Many more cars have different names the world over.

http://images.google.co.in/imgres?im...lr%3D%26sa%3DN

Anywayz a Optra with a Baleno engine wont make any sense at all. The Baleno Engine is total plane. THe 1.6 Daewoo Etec Mill is ages ahead in terms of technology and thats the reason that Optra 1.6 weighing all of 1250kgs is no slouch.
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Many more cars have different names the world over.

http://images.google.co.in/imgres?im...lr%3D%26sa%3DN

Anywayz a Optra with a Baleno engine wont make any sense at all. The Baleno Engine is total plane. THe 1.6 Daewoo Etec Mill is ages ahead in terms of technology and thats the reason that Optra 1.6 weighing all of 1250kgs is no slouch.

The N.AMerican Suzuki is actually a Chevrolet Aveo which is also sold here. The Indian swift is not presnt at all.
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atleast same car is sold with different names in different countries, but our WagonR is sold as OPEL AGILA and SUZUKI WAGONR side by side in Italy.
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here is a chance to see how much a brand image works.

can some1 pull out sales of the same cars sold by different brands in the same country?
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The N.AMerican Suzuki is actually a Chevrolet Aveo which is also sold here. The Indian swift is not presnt at all.
Thats because the latest Swift is the Indian Swift and that article is not the latest
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Exclamation Chevy Optra is also Suzuki Forenza

Hi Guys
I just saw the suzuki website.
Suzuki Auto

The Chevy optra is sold under Suzuki brand name too.
Its called Suzuki Forenza.
Also what surprises me is the cost at $15649 making it around 6.73 lacs INR.

And the specifcations reads as
  • 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC 4-cylinder engine, 127 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm, 131 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,200 rpm
  • 4-wheel disc brakes, front ventilated
  • Advanced, dual-stage driver and weight-sensing front-passenger airbags Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
  • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags (SRS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Speed-sensitive, power-assisted, rack-and-pinion steering (SSPS)
  • 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3/WMA™ playback and auxiliary jack
  • 60/40 split, fold-down rear seatbacks
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • 12-volt accessories outlet
Seems we are being cheated when it comes to Optra which is available at a higher price here,and that too devoid of the above specifications.
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GM has 20% stake in Suzuki. Suzuki WagonR = Vauxhall Agila, so Optra as Forenza is not suprising!

Suzuki also has relationshiop with Fiat. Fiat Sedici = Suzuki SX4.
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This is very old news, but good that you have become aware.
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