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Old 12th March 2006, 20:36   #1
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Question New luxury car

My friend (his dad actually) needs a luxury car in a budget of 25-50L. Strictly no benz. His dad was pretty inclined to the superb but it didnt have that prestige factor in it (great car though). The car will do about 4-5K kms a month.FE is not a major factor.
The priorities are in this order
  1. Prestige (other than benz)
  2. Luxury and safety
  3. Performance
  4. A.S.S
  5. Resale value(say in about 3 years)
  6. F.E.
At present there are no audi and BMW showrroms and service centres in Hyderabad.Where can we get these cars serviced ???
Is it worth waiting for the new camry??

When is the BMW 3 series launching in India ???

Hope you guys can help.
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If the benz is out of the picture then the Audi comes into the fray. It may be a little over the budget but may be worth spending the extra buck.

It would be advisable to have a dealer close to your friends place while deciding to buy the car.
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Audi n BMW are good. Way better than the Merc, but the ASS would be a problem i guess...
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What about the superb(diesel) does anybody own one and how does it compare to the BMW and AUDI
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What about the superb(diesel) does anybody own one and how does it compare to the BMW and AUDI
Even though this question is for those with ownership experience on superb, but as a bystander in my opinion there is absolutely no comparison as far as Prestige is concerned.

Also in the segment you have the new Camry which was launched recently. This is a great car which is completely imported.

Lets just jot down the probables excluding the Merc:
1. BMW 3, 5
2. Audi A4, A6
3. Toyota Camry
4. Superb
5. Hyundai Taracan
6. Mitsubishi Pajero
7. Nissan X-Trail
8. Suzuki Grand Vitara
9. Toyota Prado
10. Porsche
11. WV (New Launch...dont remember the name)

It would help to define needs further.

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The Audi A6 is at 43.5 lacs ex-showroom.. So with with tax and insurance shud be around 50L .. Its one awesome car..
Not really sure what wud a Beemer cost but then if ASS is a issue then well what option do u really have other than Indian cars which would mean a Skoda Superb or wait for the new Camry... But dont think they wud have enuf prestige factor..
Personally I am not really happy with the rear seating of a Skoda.. It is not luxurious enuf. Its too upright and there isnt enuf of thigh support..
Cant say about camry rite now as its yet to be launched..
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Other queries :
Will the cars be able to take the occasional potholed village roads ???
Are you talking about the VW passat or toureg nishanth ???

Any hyderabadi BMW or Audi owners on this forum ???

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Audi n BMW are good. Way better than the Merc, but the ASS would be a problem i guess...

I used to think the same. I thought Beemers were miles ahead of merc's but I saw this myself at the recent toronto autoshow. Merc's are much better.

Audi is even better than mercedes and my preference. FWD maybe a hinderance.

look at volvo s60/s80 if possible. Not as prestigious as mercedes but interiors are better than BMW and equivalent to mercedes.
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Any idea when the BMW 3 series will start to sell in India
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It would help to define needs further.
In what way should i elaborate further
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WV has come out with a new car that is in the 40L to 80L range will try to get the name for you. Saw a small preview on one of the Auto shows on TV.

It would help to know the following:
1. If the car will be self driven or not.
2. Is SUV suitable for the role or you concentrating only on cars.
3. Will he like a sport coupe etc.
4. You have mentioned the village roads thus the sports coupe is out for sure.
5. Preference of fuel...if any.
6. Only first hand cars preferred or second hand can be considered

With the big budget, the world opens up and it is always good to concentrate on a particular segment, test drive the cars, check out the positives and negatives and make the descision.
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Your budget mentioned is really big 25-50 lakhs. But since u mentioned he was inclinded to the superb he should probably check out the new Camry, its packed with alot of features and cheaper too. Tho nothing beats the Superb when it comes to backseat comfort/space.
If snob value is what he is looking for then he is restricted to the Audi A6and BMW 525/530(my best pick)

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The Audi A6 is at 43.5 lacs ex-showroom.. So with with tax and insurance shud be around 50L
it doesnt really come up to 50L... well thats if u buy smartly... u transfer insurance from u r old car onto the A6 and register it in thane(no octroi) then its pretty much around 45L.
I am not sure how good the car is coz they sent one to my dad for a test drive and the AC failed before he could even step on the gas.

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WV has come out with a new car that is in the 40L to 80L range will try to get the name for you. Saw a small preview on one of the Auto shows on TV.

It would help to know the following:
1. If the car will be self driven or not.
2. Is SUV suitable for the role or you concentrating only on cars.
3. Will he like a sport coupe etc.
4. You have mentioned the village roads thus the sports coupe is out for sure.
5. Preference of fuel...if any.
6. Only first hand cars preferred or second hand can be considered

With the big budget, the world opens up and it is always good to concentrate on a particular segment, test drive the cars, check out the positives and negatives and make the descision.
The car will be chauffer driven
NO SUV or SPORT COUPE
Preferably diesel.
Only first hand cars

Even to test drive a car I am sure we have to go to delhi or mumbai.The car has to be registered in hyderabad.The biggest problem after buying these cars is to service them in hyderabad.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by nishant_kingpin
WV has come out with a new car that is in the 40L to 80L range will try to get the name for you. Saw a small preview on one of the Auto shows on TV.

It would help to know the following:
1. If the car will be self driven or not.
2. Is SUV suitable for the role or you concentrating only on cars.
3. Will he like a sport coupe etc.
4. You have mentioned the village roads thus the sports coupe is out for sure.
5. Preference of fuel...if any.
6. Only first hand cars preferred or second hand can be considered

With the big budget, the world opens up and it is always good to concentrate on a particular segment, test drive the cars, check out the positives and negatives and make the descision.

VW is not a luxury brand. The luxury brand for VW is AUDI. Audi is better than mercedes in most of the comparisions an equal in the rest.

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I saw the CAR & BIKE show yesterday and they said that new CAMRY is going to be out very soon and priced around 21 for the top model.

So I think CAMRY is a good and a safe bet considering TOYOTA's reliability and service in India.

If u take my opinion go 4 CAMRY.
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