Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 3rd March 2010, 18:58   #31
Senior - BHPian
 
theragingbull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 2,602
Thanked: 611 Times
Default

I don't think this car will be a success in India. There are already better cars in the B-segment today.I fail to see any USP in the Micra. The exteriors and interiors aren't really attractive. Girls might find it very cute though The engine is not a benchmark either. Just a regular 3-pot. Unless Nissan prices this in the sub-4L bracket, there's no point launching it here.
theragingbull is offline  
Old 3rd March 2010, 20:42   #32
Senior - BHPian
 
xingamazon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,399
Thanked: 110 Times
Infractions: 0/1 (5)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by theragingbull View Post
I don't think this car will be a success in India. There are already better cars in the B-segment today.I fail to see any USP in the Micra. The exteriors and interiors aren't really attractive. Girls might find it very cute though The engine is not a benchmark either. Just a regular 3-pot. Unless Nissan prices this in the sub-4L bracket, there's no point launching it here.
+1 on that, frankly even I do not find it that impressive. Hope the prices are attractive.
xingamazon is offline  
Old 3rd March 2010, 21:00   #33
BHPian
 
theEnd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Bombay
Posts: 534
Thanked: 5 Times
Default

The design is very gimmicky. It looks like an oversize toy of some kind.

This sort of car, if priced cheaply, could do well if marketed to less educated first-time car buyers.

For those of us who know about cars, its miserable, due to a childish design, ridiculous interiors and underpowered engines. However, underpowered engines seem to have become a rule in India, especially in the hatchback segment which has been moving down the power scale ever since the Palio 1.6 was launched almost 10 years ago.
theEnd is offline  
Old 3rd March 2010, 22:37   #34
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Mpower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 10,432
Thanked: 1,682 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xingamazon View Post
+1 on that, frankly even I do not find it that impressive. Hope the prices are attractive.
Quote:
Originally Posted by theEnd View Post
The design is very gimmicky. It looks like an oversize toy of some kind.

This sort of car, if priced cheaply, could do well if marketed to less educated first-time car buyers.

For those of us who know about cars, its miserable, due to a childish design, ridiculous interiors.
Micra is designed primarily as a car for younger audiences in Europe.

It looks cheeky, funky and youthful. Interior has many touches inspired by the Mini.

This effectively means that you are cutting out the older buyer in the Indian market who is looking for nice 1.2 liter hatch. The Polo still remains the only choice for a 'grown up' looking modern small car. Maybe Vista too
Mpower is offline  
Old 3rd March 2010, 23:09   #35
BHPian
 
harishnair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Quilon/ Sharjah
Posts: 512
Thanked: 5 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mpower View Post
Micra is designed primarily as a car for younger audiences in Europe.

It looks cheeky, funky and youthful. Interior has many touches inspired by the Mini.

This effectively means that you are cutting out the older buyer in the Indian market who is looking for nice 1.2 liter hatch. The Polo still remains the only choice for a 'grown up' looking modern small car. Maybe Vista too
That might be possible in Europe, but in India this car is sure to attract a lot of attention from the older crowd.It just looks tailor made for them.
harishnair is offline  
Old 3rd March 2010, 23:31   #36
Senior - BHPian
 
ashutoshb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NOIDA
Posts: 1,102
Thanked: 631 Times
Default

Looks so feminine! Did a youtube search on nissan micra/ march.. found only japanese women users in the commercials.
ashutoshb is online now  
Old 3rd March 2010, 23:51   #37
BHPian
 
Sudan_NFS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: chennai
Posts: 759
Thanked: 13 Times
Default

I don't think so that car would be in B segment, it would be in A+ segment like i 10 range.Since I have seen the test car if they try to put in B-segment then it would be overpiced one because the size of the car is like Indica-V2.
Sudan_NFS is offline  
Old 4th March 2010, 00:39   #38
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Mpower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 10,432
Thanked: 1,682 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ashutoshb View Post
Looks so feminine! Did a youtube search on nissan micra/ march.. found only japanese women users in the commercials.
It does have a few design features from the VW Beetle. In the US, something like 80% of Beetle customer base is female.
Mpower is offline  
Old 4th March 2010, 15:21   #39
BHPian
 
Daewood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 943
Thanked: 223 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ashutoshb View Post
Looks so feminine! Did a youtube search on nissan micra/ march.. found only japanese women users in the commercials.
maybe they will pitch it against the Estilo and they will have to launch it in Pink too
Daewood is offline  
Old 4th March 2010, 15:52   #40
Senior - BHPian
 
shashank.nk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,520
Thanked: 732 Times
Default

First its VW and now Nissan! Why cant we get a good 4 cylinder engine in these modern hatches? I just hope the other manufacturer's don't go the VW or the Nissan way and give us only 3 pots in their future cars
shashank.nk is offline  
Old 4th March 2010, 22:34   #41
BHPian
 
designersf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ann Arbor
Posts: 602
Thanked: 58 Times
Default

Guys, I can confirm that the quality is top notch (see the older gen's reviews) and the car is around 3800mm long (the earlier one was 3770mm or something like that). Contrary to many comments, the car is actually quite big but the styling gives it a compact appearance. Moreover, in Carlos Ghosn's comment, the claimed Fuel efficiency is 26km/l. If that holds true, then the ARAI figure should be close to 20-21. This would make it the most efficient hatchback in India (exclusing Nano).
designersf is offline  
Old 5th March 2010, 13:53   #42
BHPian
 
designersf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ann Arbor
Posts: 602
Thanked: 58 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by theEnd View Post
The design is very gimmicky. It looks like an oversize toy of some kind.

This sort of car, if priced cheaply, could do well if marketed to less educated first-time car buyers.

For those of us who know about cars, its miserable, due to a childish design, ridiculous interiors and underpowered engines. However, underpowered engines seem to have become a rule in India, especially in the hatchback segment which has been moving down the power scale ever since the Palio 1.6 was launched almost 10 years ago.
Which car doesnt look like a toy and Can you define what less educated means? Who would not buy a car that is - well engineered, returns excellent fuel economy, is light and easy to handle?
designersf is offline  
Old 5th March 2010, 19:41   #43
BHPian
 
sandygordon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Cochin
Posts: 490
Thanked: 976 Times
Default

Will they give us the legendary 1.3 engine in mx-5, atleast as an option ?
sandygordon is offline  
Old 5th March 2010, 19:44   #44
BHPian
 
sandygordon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Cochin
Posts: 490
Thanked: 976 Times
Default

Cmon guys... change

The Baleno and the palio are cars of the 90s...
Live in the present
Funky is the new name for flair..
I liked the micra design..
sandygordon is offline  
Old 5th March 2010, 20:12   #45
BHPian
 
hpzone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: COK/LON
Posts: 137
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

Micra is a car for young generation in Europe. They always targeted the 18-25 age group, firt time car buyer, mainly females. Hence the styling

For family they have much better cars like NOTE and QASHQAI
hpzone is offline  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nissan Micra Diesel. EDIT: 95k kms of happy ownership, a 2nd Micra joins the family! bravo82in Long-Term Ownership Reviews 194 26th September 2016 21:49
Made in India Nissan Micra global recall: 9,600 Micra compact cars with faulty sensor rkg The Indian Car Scene 1 25th February 2012 09:22
Honda Brio - Small car for India - unveiled!*UPDATE* SCOOP Pics Pg.23 sidindica The Indian Car Scene 577 8th September 2011 00:49
Heart vs. Head - Nissan Micra or Maruti Ritz? UPDATE: Booked the Micra W.A.G.7 Hatchbacks 38 29th December 2010 20:28
Nissan Micra head for India....... The Hurricane The Indian Car Scene 1 26th May 2008 06:52


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 20:36.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks