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Old 22nd January 2012, 13:49   #136
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Give it thirty years and you might get what you seek on the second-hand market!
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Old 22nd January 2012, 15:05   #137
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After having shifted back to Mumbai, and driving here for a bit, here is what I seek from my next car:
- Powerful Diesel engine, mated with an auto gearbox that has S Mode at least!
- Good night time illumination, with separate low beam and high beam
- Sun Roof
- Good Audio System - Touch Screen would be fun to have
- Parking Sensors
- ABS
- Electronically foldable ORVMs, that are convex/concave
- Decent sized for city traffic, as this would be my everyday use car.
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Old 22nd January 2012, 15:57   #138
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I miss a bunch of things in my Vento and those are the ones that make my list:
  • Turbo Diesel engine
  • Airbags even in the back
  • Sunroof, preferably panoramic
  • Around 180 BHP/300 Nm at least
  • DSG or any other dual clutch auto transmission
  • 7-speed or above transmission (my Vento AT is 6 speed)
  • ABS, EBD, Brake assist, ESP, anticipatory braking etc. etc.
  • Ability to seat 7 comfortably
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Old 22nd January 2012, 18:24   #139
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The things that I dont have and definitely wish I had in my Yeti are;
1. Built in, in-dash SatNav like they have in the UK spec.
2. Bluetooth compatibility/ connectivity for my phone which they have in the UK spec.
3. Better HT type tyres rather than the soft car type performance tyres that they have given in the India spec.
4. Panoramic sun roof would be "good to have" but not a "must have".

I guess they will bring these in whenever they launch the 170BHP 4x4 DSG L&K version if at all they do. At that time it might be a nice upgrade.
Also, if and when the higher spec Yeti gets introduced here, I hope they will allow existing owners to have these extra things retro fitted by their dealerships, since the provisions are all there in the existing spec itself.
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While ABS and Airbags are a given, I'd really like my next-car to have auto-fold and electronically-adjustable ORVMs.

Parking my car in my house is a bit of a challenge, and auto-ORVMs will be a boon for me. I'm fed up of stretching all the way to the passenger-seat to adjust my mirror.

And although my Jazz does have electronically-adjustable ORVMs, it does not have the auto-fold option, and that's very annoying, considering that the Jazz is a relatively wide car and stretching out just to open the mirror is quite a cumbersome affair. I need to get out of the car and manually open it every time.

Of course, it helps if you have a passenger in your car

EDIT: Oh, and I'd love to have a bluetooth head-unit. Will save me considerable amount of time and money that I'd otherwise spend on buying auxiliary cables every other month!

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Yes, I would love these too. That Subaru AWD I was using in the UK had these and they were very helpful indeed. I wish the Yeti had them too!


A Bluetooth HU would be nice too I am sure but I am reasonably pleased with the Radio Bolero unit as of now.

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EDIT: Oh, and I'd love to have a bluetooth head-unit. Will save me considerable amount of time and money that I'd otherwise spend on buying auxiliary cables every other month!
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a) What are the other technology that the manufacturers can incoporate in the lower segment from the premium segment?
Well, as we all know, the Mercedes Benz S-Class has proven to be the benchmark for equipment and features. What you see in an S-Class now will be available in much cheaper cars, 5-10 years down the line. It's all good!

So at the moment, I'd say safety-features like PRE-SAFE would be a great addition to lesser cars. This safety-feature consists of active and passive safety features. What it does is, it senses that the car is going to meet with an accident and the car responds accordingly. The sun-roof closes automatically in order to prevent debris from finding its way into the car. The seat-belts tighten and the seats themselves assume the upright position. Brake-assist - when the car brakes 'for you' when it senses a collision. Stuff like that.

Infrared and night-vision technology could find its way into regular and lesser cars.

I would really like to see self/re-inflatable tyres on cars soon. A la, James Bond's 7-Series in Tomorrow Never Dies.

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b) What is the way forward in innovation for the premium car manufacturers
The way forward? Well, the way forward will be if car-companies manage to incorporate all electronic features in their cars and reduce the niggles to a bare minimum, if not nothing. A car like the XUV is loaded with kit, but what's the point of all that kit if it tends to act-up and fail every now and then?

I'd rather have a car with minimum electronic-aids and a strong core, rather than a tech-laden and feature-rich car that will give me problems often. So, if a car company can introduce a host of features and ensure that they don't fail, they've 'moved-forward'.

Even Mercedes isn't bullet-proof (figuratively, of course. The S-Guard on the other hand, is genuinely and literally pullet-proof ) because the S-Class' brake-assist hadn't worked on some occasions. There is always scope for improvement.

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Yes, I would love these too. That Subaru AWD I was using in the UK had these and they were very helpful indeed. I wish the Yeti had them too!
You had an AWD Subaru? Which one was it? That's great! I love Scoobys! Boxer-engines and AWD is all you need IMO *winks*

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Old 22nd January 2012, 22:08   #143
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Rented and used a Subaru Forester AWD AT top end one on my last holiday in the UK.Amazing car indeed!

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You had an AWD Subaru? Which one was it? That's great! I love Scoobys! Boxer-engines and AWD is all you need IMO *winks*
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I miss a bunch of things in my Vento and those are the ones that make my list:
  • ABS, EBD, Brake assist, ESP, anticipatory braking etc. etc.
Noopster, your Vento AT HL does have ABS and EBD.


For me, the Ritz ZXi has most of the features I wanted in my first car. But then, I do want my next car to have:
(1) Electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs
(2) Reversing camera and parking sensors
(3) Steering adjustable for reach
(4) Anti-glare IRVM
(5) Lamp in the boot
(6) Cooled glove box
(7) Climate control
(8) Leather interiors

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Most importantly, we need to have a full fledged Carputer that is highly customizable and allow us to customize car functions and allow extensions. With the cost of electronics going down, this should be feasible now.
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Old 25th September 2012, 17:57   #146
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For my next drive:-
1) Climate control- driving a Honda 2012, still cant get over the fact that Honda would skimp on such a piece.
2) more power, at least a 2.2 lt.
3) Sunroof.
4) More rear bench space.
5) Brake Assist and ESP
6) All leather interiors.
7) Genuine seven seater.
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I would like to have a open roof 2/4 seater in the range below 7L. Something like a open top version of A-star like their concept vehicle Cabriolet shown in the image below..

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I think the Indian car industry has grown up to get these kind of versions for their popular hatchbacks and sedans like Swift, i20, Fiesta 2012, City and even Nano.

I think the Indian Auto think tanks needs to orient in these diffrent direction to cater the new market.
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CNG tank which does not occupy the boot space and also the kind which does not reduce power..
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Old 25th September 2012, 22:01   #149
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I would like tyres which are easy to repair in case of puncture. Can we have technology in the car which:
1. Raise the car on the jack.
2. Push a button in the dashboard which slowly rotates the wheel and scans rubber for the offending nail
3. A display in the dash which highlights the spot where nail is in the tyre.
4. A handheld instrument to extract the nail and put in the sealing plug
5. Air pump built into the car (maybe in the boot) which has a hose to reinflate to specified pressure.

All this while the wheel is still mounted. Lower the jack and drive away. Entire procedure should take max 15 mins.
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Traffic View - Talking GPS. Is a Must i see in Metros
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