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Old 21st November 2014, 20:08   #76
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That doesn't look like a temp number plate at all! My guess is that it's driven down from Nepal, looking at the format.

Must say - that car stands out for its unique design.

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That doesn't look like a temp number plate at all! My guess is that it's driven down from Nepal, looking at the format.

Must say - that car stands out for its unique design.
I believe these are Bhutan number plates. In my vists to Bhutan, I have often seen such red plates. These can also be seen around Sikkim on visiting Bhutanese cars. Perhaps Nepal also has similar plates.
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Bhutan plates for sure
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I believe these are Bhutan number plates. In my vists to Bhutan, I have often seen such red plates. These can also be seen around Sikkim on visiting Bhutanese cars. Perhaps Nepal also has similar plates.
Googled a bit. Wikipedia says- "The current license plate for private vehicles in Bhutan is composed of letters and digits in the LL-N-A NNNN format.The letters are written in white on a Red license plate. The first two letters for private vehicles are BP This is followed by a digit signifying the region in which the vehicle is registered.

Western Bhutan (1)
Central Bhutan (2)
Eastern Bhutan (4)
Southern Bhutan (3)
Then the an Alphabet from A-Z is followed by four digits running in sequence like 1234. So a car registered in Western Bhutan could have the number BP-1-A1234."

Not only it should be starting with BP for Bhutan, the format doesn't match as well.
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Bhutan plates for sure
Now it says for Nepal, "The licence plate of Nepal is more detailed in comparison with other countries. The current licence plate format for vehicles in Nepal consists of four parts composed of letters and digits in the LL NN LL NNNN format:

The first part indicate the zone code, signifying the zone in which the vehicle is registered.
The second part is the set number which is prefixed when the four digit number runs out from the last part.
The third part indicate the type of vehicle like private, public, governmental, national corporation, tourist etc. as well as the class of vehicle like two-wheeler, light vehicle, heavy and medium-sized vehicle etc.
The last part signifies four digits running in sequence."

BA is the Bagmati province of Nepal. CH stands for non-commercial vehicle. And red plate with white letters indicate a private registration.

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Just to quell any further speculation, the car in question is actually a private vehicle as decoded by CrAzY dRiVeR. The owner happened to drop by our neighbors today.
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How is this guy able to run the car for so long on these plates?? Isn't there some kind of rule about it!!!
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Just got through the registration process of team-bhp.

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Reviving an old thread to post some pictures of the Kia Soul I spotted on 31st Oct near Adhchini, Delhi.
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This car belongs to me and yes its a private vehicle.

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No buddy, its a nepalese registration.

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The car went back to Nepal and came back. The two set of pics are from different trips. One needs to get a permit from Indian Embassy in Nepal to drive down cars with these number plates in India.
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Just got through the registration process of team-bhp.

This car belongs to me and yes its a private vehicle.
Great! Welcome to the forum Piyush, why don't you start an ownership thread?
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Great! Welcome to the forum Piyush, why don't you start an ownership thread?
Thanks mate !
Would love to start an ownership thread, maybe sometime in near future.
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Just got through the registration process of team-bhp.
This car belongs to me and yes its a private vehicle.

Piyush good to know that this is your "Soul".

I am in love with its looks.

How much did it cost you ?

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I am in love with its looks.

How much did it cost you ?
Hi Mayank,
Thanks for your appreciation.
Tax rates are insane in Nepal. So the prices are very high. It costed me around 50L Nepali Currency (On-Road).
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Kia Motors, the Korean compact-car specialist controlled by Hyundai Motor, is quietly planning an entry into India.

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The Korean carmaker is set to announce its India entry within the next three to six months.The Kia management, on the other hand, is busy negotiating with several state governments to set up a manufacturing facility.
Kia is likely to select Tada in Andhra Pradesh as its manufacturing site because of its close proximity to Hyundai Motor India's facility at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.
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Partner Hyundai, which has a more than 17% market share in India, is likely to support Kia with engines and press parts, with Kia doing the painting, body work and assembly in house. This will keep the cost low.
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Kia's entry into India would be simply fantastic!

It looks like Andhra Pradesh is likely to be the lucky state that would receive a massive investment of INR 3400 crore. Sri City already plays host to Isuzu's spanking new manufacturing plant. Tada's proximity to sister company Hyundai's plants near Chennai is likely to play a key role in AP bagging the investment:

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The Hyundai Motor Group is following its global strategy of locating Hyundai and Kia plant within a distance of 100-200 miles (160-320 kms) to enhance synergies and economies of scale. The distance between Tada in Andhra Pradesh and Sriperumbudur is 95 kms.
India is currently the 5th largest passenger vehicle market in the world behind China, USA, Japan and Germany [or behind China, USA, Europe (EU + EFTA) and Japan, depending on the way one classifies the European markets]. No mass market manufacturer worth their salt can afford to ignore India any longer. While Hyundai Motor Group is represented very well by the Hyundai brand in India, the time is ripe for sister-brand Kia to make an entry now!

Kia is always a better choice as a second brand for India from the Hyundai Motor Group, instead of the newly independent luxury brand Genesis.

Genesis is a brand basically meant for the New World, and for those few countries elsewhere that aren't cursed by the typical feudal mindset of Old World societies.

In societies that aren't cursed by a feudal mindset, a person's first name is more important than his/her surname, family name, patronymic etc. In the feudal-minded Old World societies, a person's surname, family name, patronymic etc. plays a far more important role than his/her first name. This is a rather simple way of putting things, but I think it should be quite clear.

The Genesis brand has its greatest chance of success in the New World, and among people and in societies that aren't characterised by a feudal mindset. I think Hyundai/Genesis have understood this basic fact very well indeed, and that's why the Genesis brand is only getting launched in North America, China and the Middle-East for now, apart from their home market of South Korea (of course!) Genesis can also add Australia & New Zealand and Latin America soon, but they would be well advised to stay away from the feudal-minded Old World societies for now. Of course, the Middle-East is just as feudal-minded (may be worse) compared to a place like India, but the expat population is huge in many countries of the Middle-East (in some cases outnumbering the population of citizens), so it's an exception to the rule. And despite being an old part of the Old World, China isn't quite a feudal-minded place as other Old World societies, so the Genesis brand has a good chance of succeeding there. Plus, Genesis can take advantage of the deep dislike among many Chinese people for brands such as Lexus, Infiniti & Acura (due to historical reasons) and quickly move into this large vacuum.

So yeah, Hyundai, Kia makes far more sense for India than Genesis!

Kia should begin their innings in India in a very unconventional way, in keeping with their tagine, The Power to Surprise. Hyundai have already done all the hard work in getting established as a mainstream brand (and the second largest manufacturer in India), and Kia don't have to do it all over again. They should begin on an electrifying note, and take it further from there.

The first vehicle I'd like to see from Kia in India would be the fabulous Soul EV:



Once people have warmed up to mainstream EVs, Kia can follow it up with the very practical and more affordable, but boxy and quirky little Ray EV:



Yes, it would make great sense for Kia to build their factory keeping pure EVs and full hybrids in mind. Their factory should smartly incorporate facilities to make electric motors, components and battery packs right from the beginning, instead of internal combustion engines. They can always get ICEs from Hyundai's engine plant.

Kia may be late to enter India, but they should come only with the latest technology! EVs & hybrids are the future, and Kia can reap huge rewards in an electrified future if they lay the groundwork right now!

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I have owned a few Kias in the past, their compact cars Cerato and Cerato Koup are very well made and crossovers are good handlers too.

Hyundai prices them as a more premium brand in the middle east and africa market with a lot more kit, lets see what they bring here.
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Kia likely to set up new production base in Andhra Pradesh.

The carmaker could also bring the Picanto hatchback and the Sportage crossover to India

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The new Picanto, which was shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, is a five-door. For other markets, excluding Europe, it gets two petrol engines: a 998cc, 68bhp, three-cylinder motor, and a 1,248cc, 85.7bhp, four-cylinder unit. The hatchback's measures 3,595mm in length, 1,595mm in width (excluding door mirrors), 1,490mm in height, and gets a wheelbase of 2,385mm wheelbase and ground clearance of 152mm.
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The all-new Kia Sportage, now in its fourth-generation, made its debut at the Frankfurt motor show last year

The most significant change to the Sportage is the increase of 30mm in its wheelbase which is now at 2,670mm. The vehicle is now 40mm longer, at 4,480mm, with the front overhang expanding to 910mm ( an increase of 20 mm) and the rear overhang shrinking slightly to 900mm ( less by 10 mm). The latest model remains at the same height (1,635mm) and width (1855mm) as the outgoing Sportage.

http://www.autocarindia.com/auto-new...sh-400220.aspx

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