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View Poll Results: Vote for the Team BHP COTY 2009
Tata Nano 406 38.37%
Maruti Ritz 46 4.35%
Fiat Grande Punto 160 15.12%
Premier Rio 2 0.19%
Tata Manza 63 5.95%
Honda Jazz 15 1.42%
Mahindra Xylo 13 1.23%
Fiat Linea 113 10.68%
Chevrolet Cruze 89 8.41%
Toyota Fortuner 105 9.92%
Skoda Superb 40 3.78%
Mercedes Benz E Class 6 0.57%
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Old 23rd December 2009, 15:48   #1
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Default Team-BHP Car of the Year 2009 EDIT : The Tata Nano it is!

Kickstarting this year, YOU, the BHPian, will choose the Team-BHP Car of the Year. Each year from now on. And via a poll, of course!

Given below is a list of all cars launched in India in 2009. Included are some relevant highlights on each car.

The list has been sorted by price, and in ascending order. Look forward to your votes and also the reason why you voted for the car that you did.

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Tata Nano

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  • An absolutely revolutionary car in terms of cost of production and, thus, VFM. A "proper" car for 1.xx lakh rupees
  • A car for the masses. Mr. Ratan Tata's dream has been accomplished
  • Cute looks and very compact size
  • Fantastic engineering for the price
  • Surprisingly spacious interiors
  • Rear-engine RWD layout
  • Lightweight, easy to drive
  • Different tyre sizes at the front and rear
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Maruti Ritz

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  • A modern looking hatch. Ugly rear end though
  • Fresh interiors are packaged well
  • Fantastic 1.2L petrol engine + the "national" 1.3L diesel engine
  • Handles well for a tall boy
  • An Automatic transmission is missed
  • Bumpy ride at the rear at low speeds
  • Hasn't yet been able to replicate the success of the Swift

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Fiat Grande Punto

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  • Italian styling gives the Punto stunning looks
  • Solid European build quality
  • Great diesel and petrol engines. Neither are road burners though
  • Amazing handling and high speed stability
  • No compromise on safety. Even the diesel gets ABS & airbags
  • Average fit & finish on the inside
  • Prominent engine noise at high speed
  • After sales & service still poor
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Premier Rio

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  • "Comeback" car for the erstwhile Premier Auto
  • First Chinese vehicle to be sold in India
  • Compact size. Poor fit, finish, quality and depth in engineering
  • 1.5L TUD5 Peugeot diesel engine
  • Very basic interiors. Insides feel cramped
  • Chinese product reliability could be an issue
  • Not many dealers around
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Tata Manza

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  • Absolute VFM sedan. Potential to shake up the entry C segment
  • 1.4L petrol and 1.3L diesel engine. Both sourced from Fiat
  • Class leading rear seat comfort. Class topping interior space
  • Fantastic ride quality
  • Lots of features offered for the price
  • Fit and finish though good, can be improved
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Honda Jazz

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  • Easily the biggest, and arguably the best, hatch in the country today
  • Honda made a guffaw by overpricing it. Atleast Rs. 1.25 lakh too high
  • Refined 1.2 petrol engine
  • Flexible "magic seats" offer innumerable cargo carrying options
  • Fit and finish is top notch inside out
  • Equipment list is poor. Not even a parcel tray or alloy wheels!
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Mahindra Xylo

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  • Robust & quick 2.5L common rail diesel engine
  • VFM price tag
  • Spacious interiors and comfortable seats
  • Built to last. Can take a lot of abuse
  • Ride gets bumpy at high speeds
  • Not a handler. Substantial body roll on cornering
  • Hasn't clicked as Mahindra would have liked. Chief competitor (Innova) still the leader. Even the Scorpio selling more
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Fiat Linea

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  • Fiat's "come back" vehicle
  • Beautiful looks & solid build
  • Class-leading levels of equipment
  • Mature ride quality. Fantastic handling and road behaviour
  • Average outright performance from both (petrol and diesel) engines
  • Fit and finish on the interior is average
  • Niggling problems. Below average after sales & service
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Chevrolet Cruze

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  • Great styling. Looks suit the Chevy bow tie perfectly
  • Stonker of a diesel engine. Performance can shame all competitors
  • Excellent levels of equipment
  • Well priced. Offers good value
  • Turbo lag is a downer, especially in bumper to bumper traffic
  • Not very spacious on the inside. Interior fit and finish is average and has scope for improvement
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Toyota Fortuner

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  • Macho looks and tremendous road presence
  • Powerful 3.0 liter diesel engine. Competent performer
  • The market can't have enough of them! 1 year wait period
  • Spacious interiors. Not luxurious though
  • Toyota reliability
  • Firm suspension gives a bumpy ride
  • Poor braking ability
  • Fantastic Toyota after sales support
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Skoda Superb

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  • 40 lakh luxury for 1/2 the price
  • Solid European build quality
  • Choice of three engines: 1.8L and 3.6L petrols, 2.0L diesel
  • Fit and finish is excellent. Equipment levels class-leading
  • Spacious interiors. Unreal luxury. Can make the E Class feel "small"
  • Turbo lag present in the diesel. 2.0L diesel is a poor choice
  • Shoddy after sales service
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Mercedes Benz E Class

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  • Build quality is back to the classic Merc days
  • Funky styling (Non-Mercedes touches too)
  • Loaded with gizmos and technology
  • Choice of a V6 petrol or diesel. Both are performers. 7 speed auto box
  • Luxurious interiors. Quality can be compared to the S Class
  • Not really a driver's car
  • No 5 year service packages yet
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NICHE CARS:

Even though the following cars have been launched in 2009, they have not been included in the Team-BHP car of the year poll. Reason = All of them serve an extremely small niche segment of the market, and are of little relevance today.

Audi Q5
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BMW 7 Series
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BMW X6
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BMW Z4
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Jaguar XF
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Jaguar XKR
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Land Rover Discovery LR4
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Land Rover Freelander 2
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Land Rover Range Rover
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Nissan Teana
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Nissan X-Trail
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Porsche Panamera
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Rolls Royce Ghost
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Toyota Landcruiser
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Volkswagen Beetle
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Volkswagen Touareg
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Tata Nano, without a second thought! I don't even need to go through the other poll options. The Nano is not only the car of the year, but also the most important (automotive) landmark of this decade.

Hats off to Ratan Tata for achieving his dream....one after another! Around the same time 10 years back, he stuck to his commitment of a car that will have the space of an Ambassador at the price of a Maruti. Fast forward to '09, the Manza shows just how much Tata have advanced in their 10 real years of car making.

Know what the coolest thing about the Nano is? Sure, its the cheapest car in the world, yet feels like a proper car. Its got more room than the 800 and is surprisingly peppy in the city. But the coolest part of the Nano is its styling, looks and image. I mean, this is the only 1.5 lakh rupee car that an owner of a 80 lakh S Class wouldn't mind having in his garage. It wows both...first time car owners and those from the luxury segment.

Simply put, the Nano has spunk. Character. Attitude. Heck, I find some 10 lakh cars lacking in these areas!
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