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Old 14th February 2008, 17:34   #1
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Default Accent to be the official babu car...so bye bye Amby?

The Hyundai Accent will be the official babu car from now on, with the red/blue beacon on top!
So what does this mean? Since, the Govt was the biggest customer of the Amby, does it mean it is the end of the day for the Amby? Will HM now finally think of putting the old warhorse to sleep?


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Hyundai gets nod to supply for govt purchases
  • Hyundai on Wednesday said it has got approval for supplying vehicles to government institutions.
  • The mid-sized sedan Accent GLE, has been selected by the Government of India for its fleet of official cars, Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) said in a statement.
  • The Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals in the Department of Supplies under the Ministry of Commerce, the central purchase and quality assurance organisation of the Union Government, has approved the Accent GLE for use by all government departments across the country.
  • The Accent will be supplied to all government agencies at the Union and state levels at a special rate, it said without specifying details.
  • The DGS&D is also currently evaluating the Hyundai Verna and Sonata models for registration as approved automobiles for acquisition by government bodies.
Full Article: Hyundai gets nod to supply for govt purchases- Automobiles-Auto-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times
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Yes, bye-bye Amby. But, after its long stopped selling, expect it to become a collector's item - from the zero mindspace it occupies now.

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Will be sad to see the amby go. Although accent is generations ahead I am not totally for a Korean make to be indias offical vehicle.
Tata Indigo or Scorpio fit the bill better as Indian brands
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Actually, I feel terrible for the babus. Having become accustomed to the supremely comfortable back seat of the Ambassador, the low crouched seat of the Accent is a huge step backward. Makes you wonder if the Government even bothered to do some research before releasing the P.O. Our "what car" section would surely have lead to a more appropriate car for their usage
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Actually Our "what car" section would surely have lead to a more appropriate car for their usage
Such as possibly the Indigo XL?
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A few days back, I was amazed at the sight of 3 Accent Police cruisers parked side by side in their "livery".
It would be a very pleasant sight to see them all over the country.
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Probably they looked at the external factors like the broad shouldered design and decent looking sedan as their main criteria for selecting this car for the "official babu".

Though being an accent user, i agree that the back-seat is pretty low and makes it difficult for elderly people to get in and out ( and we know all our babus are above 45 age minimum) In a way, i am glad they selected this car, purely because i use it and have absolutely no complaints from it.
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Well half the Ministers have been using the Lancer in Karnataka.
The Amby was great vehicle for them and also low on maintenance and the way the driver drives them! God save Accent
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A few days back, I was amazed at the sight of 3 Accent Police cruisers parked side by side in their "livery".
It would be a very pleasant sight to see them all over the country.
Hyundai donated those cars to the Chennai Police. We even had a thread on that.



If you ask me, I would have recommended a diesel Logan/Indigo. Both have great rear seat comfort.

The diesels would have been better for the Government and better for us, afterall it is our money that puts in petrol in these cars.

Indigo definitely has more workshops in the country, and since the Accents will be bought all across the country, the Indigo would have been the best bet.
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You would think they would have picked a Tata or Mahindra product based on nationalistic sentiments.
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Actually i do not think this is the end of the road for the trusted war-horse Amby. Its just that the government has approved the purchase of Accent for governmental usage. Already Lancers, Indigos (petrols) are some of the cars which are approved vehicles for governmental procurement. Accent just joined that list. Thats about it.

In government procurements any order can only be placed to a listed vendor and approved products. So this small GO probably means only that the Accent is also available now as an option in the catalog while placing the order for the next department car. That however does not mean the Ambys go out.

In fact knowing the way things perform in the governmental departments for regular procurements the Accent will still be a tough ask because it will cost more than the Ambys. And most departments work on fixed budgets.
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Relax guys. This just means that Accent has been included under the DGS&D scheme. Means babus do not have to invite tenders to buy Accents. When any thing in included in the DGS&D scheme, (Directorate General of Stores and Supplies), the manufacturer enters into a contract, usually valid for one year, to supply that item for one year at the contracted rate.

This really does not mean that Amby is out.

When a babu wants something not listed in the DGS&D contract, he has to invite tenders. If you look out in the tenders section of news papers, you should see ads asking for supply of things like computers with "AutoCAD 2000" or "Osciloscopes of 'foo' make". So, no more ads inviting tenders for "Accent GLE".
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Relax guys. This just means that Accent has been included under the DGS&D scheme. Means babus do not have to invite tenders to buy Accents. When any thing in included in the DGS&D scheme, (Directorate General of Stores and Supplies), the manufacturer enters into a contract, usually valid for one year, to supply that item for one year at the contracted rate.

This really does not mean that Amby is out.

When a babu wants something not listed in the DGS&D contract, he has to invite tenders. If you look out in the tenders section of news papers, you should see ads asking for supply of things like computers with "AutoCAD 2000" or "Osciloscopes of 'foo' make". So, no more ads inviting tenders for "Accent GLE".
,there are other cars like maruti esteem which were being used.Also maruti baleno was used before.it is just that they have different models to choose from.
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A few days back, I was amazed at the sight of 3 Accent Police cruisers parked side by side in their "livery".
It would be a very pleasant sight to see them all over the country.
Wouldnt that be part of the 500 Accent CRDis that were gifted by Hyundai to the TN Police?
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Hyundai donated those cars to the Chennai Police. We even had a thread on that.
Oh really!
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Wouldnt that be part of the 500 Accent CRDis that were gifted by Hyundai to the TN Police?
Yes.Not 500,but just a hundred that I know. They would be maintained by Hyundai till the warranty ends after which it is the maintenance depot of the Police dept. which will taking the job.

One very surprising thing is that these are really well kept and Im yet to see one with a dent or peeled paint.
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