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Old 19th June 2009, 11:09   #16
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firstly sid, you must be banned from this forum for owning nokia 3350 and operating it even in 2009
I too used to keep a 3310 as a spare phone. Now I keep a 1100 as a spare. Advantage; they are reliable. No hanging, crashes etc. like the new phones. Like having a MPFI car and another carb car as a spare.

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But these Maruti AT boxes are horribly unreliable and Maruti doesnt know how to deal with their AT boxes at all. I hope thats not the case when the A Star AT comes out.
This is news. Everywhere I read that Maruti's are the most reliable and the A.S.S. is the best. I thought those comments for reserved only for TATA-FIAT here. At least you've been honest about Maruti.
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I think the AT market is developing. I also hope they give us something better than the 3 speed AT which did service in the Esteem, Zen and WagonR. I had a Zen At and as compared to the 4-speed AT of Hyundai (Santro, i10, verna) it was pathetic.

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AN A-Star AT is definitely good news for me as it widens my choices. However, Maruti's past in AT remains a big worry.
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I doubt if it will be cheaper than i10 AT, well good scoop though, well awaited AT on atleast one car from Maruti.

Though I would love to have one on Swift or SX4
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Last week I had the privilege of being driven in a Santro AT, it was really amazing. If the A-Star can match similar performance and mileage surely it will be a success, since a lot of people will look at it as a city car. Good going Maruti. BTW wont this be the first AT from the Maruti stable?
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Good going Maruti. BTW wont this be the first AT from the Maruti stable?
No. As I mentioned earlier at some time or another there were AT versions of the Esteem, Zen and WagonR. All had a venerable 3-speed box which is very poor as compared to the Santro/i10 4-speed box, not to say about the boxes in higher segment cars. Event he 800 had a 2-speed AT in its disabled car avatar.
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Old 19th June 2009, 14:35   #22
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Perhaps the reason why Suzuki (and Maruti) never have had a good competitive AT option (compared with Japanese peers) is its market focus. Its main markets are Europe, Japan, and India; which are low to moderate AT penetration markets. By comparison, Toyota/Honda targeted US as their `overseas' market from the 1950s. The US is an AT market as much as India is a manual market. That explains Toyonda's better ATs.
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Its good that companies are intorducing more AT cars into the market. They are a natural choice when you think about the traffic jams in the major cities these days. Hope they bring out a Ritz D AT. That would be something!
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I doubt if the A star AT would be launched anytime soon in India. May be there were testing it for the export model?
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There is some talk going over certain blogs and sites about an August 15 launch of the A Star automatic. Surprised at why nobody here has a scoop or insider information.

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There is some talk going over certain blogs and sites about an August 15 launch of the A Star automatic. Surprised at why nobody here has a scoop or insider information.
Frankly, i think nobody is bothered! The normal A star itself has all but disappeared from the buyers mind, so lesser said the better, about the automatic!
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motoroids has already test driven the vehicle

Maruti Suzuki A-star automatic first drive review / road test

2010 Maruti Suzuki A-star AT (Automatic Transmission) - All you need to know
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From the Motoroids review - I can see 2 positives and 1 negative

1. The AT gear lever is on a slotted panel - that means less mistakes while shifting P-R-N-D-3-2-L

2. The gear indicator in the dash. This is real good. Again minimizes mistakes during shifting.

3. NO AIRBAG offered.

I would be real interested to know the price of this one.
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Hmm, May actually be better than the i10 AT and pose a problem is priced right. They need to do face lift and make it look like the nissan or something.
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A star auto will be launched either tomorrow ie 15 aug or monday.
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