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View Poll Results: Which magazine will you subscribe to this year?
Autocar India 371 63.97%
BS Motoring 76 13.10%
BIKE India 16 2.76%
CAR India 27 4.66%
Top Gear 147 25.34%
Overdrive 129 22.24%
Indian Auto 11 1.90%
Any other (Please name) 33 5.69%
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Old 22nd June 2012, 13:15   #241
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I buy top gear off the shelves every month. TG is great, but when it comes to numbers they do a very shoddy job. If you refer their new car buyer's guide, you will find many incorrect numbers and typo errors. On the contrary Auto car is very precise in this aspect, but their writing is somewhat dull and boring.
TG's test drive reports too are becoming very predictable with many indian folks trying to ape JC, RH & JM in their attitude. But its good fun reading the magazine.
H/ever, after joining team bhp, I dont think I have ever looked at any magazine for any decisive information. When I made the decision to buy the Rapid 3 months ago, it was purely based on information from T-BHP.
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For me overdrive it is. I find the quality of tests and the methods to be quite professional. Ofcourse there are odd times when the guys say, this car does everything well, but that car is the ultimate winner. In any case, I have team-bhp which gives unbiased views. Also in most of the magazines, last 10-15% pages are reserved for ads, some 5-6% pages for motosport news (which I personally dont even look at), and some 10 odd pages containing list of all the indian cars and bikes, which most of the times is a CtrlC CtrlV job from the previous issue.
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I have subscribed to Auto India for a long time. The magazine is never delivered on time . I get the magazine only after I call them or email them.
I buy top gear occasionally.
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Old 23rd July 2012, 11:04   #244
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Autocar continues to dominate!

In the latest Indian Readership Survey (IRS 2012 Q1) Autocar India has achieved a readership figure of 296,000 readers per month...which is the highest ever in the 12 year history of the magazine. The readership is twice more than the next auto magazine, and also exceeds the readership of the next two auto magazines combined!

Congrats to Hormazd Sorabjee & Team.

Curiously, BSMotoring is no longer in the top 3 (a position it held for long), and has even been overtaken for spot 4

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I was an avid reader of these magazines but not anymore as I find the articles in most of them quite similar, be it the reviews or the segment wars. If one magazine comes up with a segment war the next months issue of the others will surely contains the same. I think reading on team-bhp is much better, besides its free
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I think we need another option - 'None' And that's what I would select. With TBHP I don't need an auto mag subscription.
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I think we need another option - 'None' And that's what I would select. With TBHP I don't need an auto mag subscription.
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Honestly, I don't consider any magazine to be genuine and unbiased at least in India. I prefer to do my own research instead of reading these magazines.
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Autocar continues to dominate!

In the latest Indian Readership Survey (IRS 2012 Q1) Autocar India has achieved a readership figure of 296,000 readers per month...which is the highest ever in the 12 year history of the magazine. The readership is twice more than the next auto magazine, and also exceeds the readership of the next two auto magazines combined!
Not suprising. Without going much into the brand affinities, I must say that the overall quality is pretty good – whether it is on the overall packaging, or the articles they carry. I believe it helps them that Autocar is an international name (and hence adhering to the processes and quality standards). And their key crew –Hormazd, Renuka etc. are probably the most seasoned and updated in the Indian mag world.

Interested to see if TopGear can get into the second slot next year.
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I have subscribed to the AutoCar and TopGear iPad editions.
I like both these magazines in particular though I keep buying the others too from the news stand.
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I have never bought an auto magazine after i joined TeamBhp. So yes, there should be a "None" option for folks like us
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...Curiously, BSMotoring is no longer in the top 3 (a position it held for long), and has even been overtaken for spot 4...
The article from BSM are also available in the Business Standard's Weekend edition. I noticed that the articles are practically the same though printed in the newspaper after a delay. The point I am making is, that BSM readers need not buy the magazine.

In recent times What Car? and Auto Bild are decent reads.
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The same goes for that silly ZigWheels from TOI - what a waste of a bunch of journos. Simply copy paste rehashes of articles written by others.

I also like What Car and AutoBild.

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The article from BSM are also available in the Business Standard's Weekend edition. I noticed that the articles are practically the same though printed in the newspaper after a delay. The point I am making is, that BSM readers need not buy the magazine.

In recent times What Car? and Auto Bild are decent reads.
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Had to pull this thread out of freezer. Not exactly any lies here but suppression of facts, sure is. Of late, Autocar India has been perceived as being overly generous to Hyundai. And it shows at page 39 of their latest issue at "Top 10 models July 2012".They made a mention of i20 making it to the list as a noteworthy performance. Ok, good. But what about i10 and Eon? Where are they? Why no mention about that? Eon, a car built to take on Alto and i10, a hot-selling hatch until recently did not make it to the list yet no word about that from Autocar. What do we call this?
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Had to pull this thread out of freezer. Not exactly any lies here but suppression of facts, sure is. Of late, Autocar India has been perceived as being overly generous to Hyundai. And it shows at page 39 of their latest issue at "Top 10 models July 2012".They made a mention of i20 making it to the list as a noteworthy performance. Ok, good. But what about i10 and Eon? Where are they? Why no mention about that? Eon, a car built to take on Alto and i10, a hot-selling hatch until recently did not make it to the list yet no word about that from Autocar. What do we call this?
Did they list the i20 1.4 CRDI or the 1.2 VTVT?
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Had to pull this thread out of freezer. Not exactly any lies here but suppression of facts, sure is. Of late, Autocar India has been perceived as being overly generous to Hyundai. And it shows at page 39 of their latest issue at "Top 10 models July 2012".They made a mention of i20 making it to the list as a noteworthy performance. Ok, good. But what about i10 and Eon? Where are they? Why no mention about that? Eon, a car built to take on Alto and i10, a hot-selling hatch until recently did not make it to the list yet no word about that from Autocar. What do we call this?
True. I remember i had got an edition maybe a year ago when they did a comparo of all the diesel hatchbacks, around the time the Liva diesel was launched. That edition listed that the i20 had the worst quality interiors compared to the other hatchbacks! Now that is hilarious. Since then i haven't bought a new issue of ACI, even though they tried tempting me with this years Anniversary Edition about the Ecosport(that too with a different engine lineup). I think the only reason i will ever get a new issue is when i need an update on car prices
BTW u do mean that ACI are perceived as being UNDER GENEROUS to hyundai isnt it?
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