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Old 20th June 2005, 16:10   #16
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when you can pay that for a 77BHP NHC, why not to this.
You may say Honda reputation. Naa.
not any more.
My point too. I am not willing to pay any royalty to someone because of the brand name.
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Old 20th June 2005, 16:10   #17
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it cost about 780,000 for the top ended model.
when you can pay that for a 77BHP NHC, why not to this.
You may say Honda reputation. Naa.
not any more.
Not so in Bangalore. Here it would exceed 8.5L, can some buyer of Fusion+ (ABS) in Karnataka confirm the price. BTW, I didn't buy NHC.

I guess Fusion is considered a B+ segment car or hatchback, not a sedan, etc. People don't want to pay that much for a hatchback. Ford has not been successful in differentiating Fusion as a crossover segment car.

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People don't want to pay that much for a hatchback. Ford has not been successful in differentiating Fusion as a crossover segment car.
People pay more than 10 lacs for Skoda. Problem is not with a hatchback. Problem is with Fusion's identity. It does not have a clear positioning in the market. Price may be an issue but according to me it's not the prime one.
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Fusion is an interesting case study. I guess Ford did'nt want to launch the latest gen Fiesta sedan because the old one was doing so well.
I feel they should have launched the sedan in the first place and pitted it against the NHC. Keep the old Ikon with only the 1.3 ltr engine.

I've seen the Ford ad and they've picthed the Fusion as a lifestlye product and not a typical family vehicle. But, the market for a lifestle product is v small in India.
and secondly not everybody has accepted it as a lifestyle product.

Duratec is a great engine, but a people mover needs torque and the Rocam had plenty.
IMO, they should relaunch the Fusion with the 1.6 Rocam engine, decontent the features and drop the price by a lakh and a half.....and also seriously think about adding
that 1.4 Duratorq diesel.

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Having pushed a Fiesta Zetec hard on a track - I was very impressed with the handling.
Was it the current gen model that's sold in Europe or our desi Ikon? I've been really impressed with Ford's (of Europe) chassis tuning philosophy.
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Was it the current gen model that's sold in Europe or our desi Ikon? I've been really impressed with Ford's (of Europe) chassis tuning philosophy.
Was the latest one - you can see pics in my posting below:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5908 (High Speed Course at Driversskill.com)

considering our duty strucuture etc and current price in the UK. The Fusion is reasonable priced

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The latest craze is Europe is tall-boy hatches or mini-minivans like Zafira, Megane, Cross Golf, Focus-Cmax and the Fusion. These are supposed to be less sporty, less glam and more utility than their
short-boy origins. Ford as usual thinks Indians and stupid and tries to market it as a premium lifestlye product.

Fusion is fine product but at the end of the day, its a Santro zoomed out 150%.

Rudra, you are right, Octy is technically a hatchback (or as some people call it, a notchback), but its cleverly disguised to look like a sedan. I was fooled till I tried to open the (non-existent) trunk one day. Perception is all that matters.
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Arranged Marriage.

Wanted a Nice Mate who would be part of my life, help me go to office quickly, without any hassles, manage well if there are too many ones crowding me in the Roads. One who would not demand many gifts and one I can travel in, if I am in the mood for a company.

I looked at the Snaps of Fusie’s, Hondies, and Innovies and settled on Fusy.

Had a great Honeymoon for about 1500 Kms.

Now after 7000Kms, No changes in the mate.


Gotten used to her.
Likes her more.
No complaints
She is as she was.
Everything is as it should be
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She has not tried to change you yet?
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Arranged Marriage.
It seems now you had fallen in love with her after marriage
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She has not tried to change you yet?
umm, sometimes yes.
On empty roads or light traffic.
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since you know her for just 7k kms, i suggest you use adequate protection whenever you drive her...seatbelts and airbags in particular.
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Is she high maintenance???

I guess you will find out when she gets a little older. You see she is from a high class background (read imported parts) and therefore her needs and requirements will not be cheap.

But you can keep your head high when you are seen together on the road because she is definetly unique.

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since you know her for just 7k kms, i suggest you use adequate protection whenever you drive her...seatbelts and airbags in particular.
Seatbelts go in before the gears are engaged. Always
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Is she high maintenance???

I guess you will find out when she gets a little older. You see she is from a high class background (read imported parts) and therefore her needs and requirements will not be cheap.

But you can keep your head high when you are seen together on the road because she is definetly unique.
you probably are right.
As it runs more, I will know Just hoping that things will smoothen out.
it is the trouble when you buy a vehicle first time before anybody else. I have asked around people in UK who are using Fiesta and they gave good ratings. Unique, yes and moreover, it is fun to drive and shoot it around.
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the best thing i could ever ask u dude ....
how is she in the nights???
HAHAHAHHAHA
is she efficient?
good shes not used...
ever wanna sell her...pm me
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA REALLL FUNNY
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