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Old 28th March 2011, 16:58   #3271
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The panel gap is not that improved from our 2009 Punto, but the cut seems to be a lot less sharp and has been ground a bit.

The gap around the horn pad, I think is an intended one though.

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Are these pics from a car that was about to be delivered??
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Old 28th March 2011, 17:32   #3272
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As long as Tata makes these cars, these crude edges will remain. The gap around the ignition varies from car to car and there is no consistency whatsoever, although it is now much better than the initial 2009 batch of Punto's.
The horn pad gap is not a finishing issue. It's there on all Punto's, the european ones included.
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Are these pics from a car that was about to be delivered??
Yes this was from a delivery ready car
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Old 28th March 2011, 21:35   #3274
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As long as Tata makes these cars, these crude edges will remain.
Yes are finishing issues with Fiat products in India but I don't really think TATA is making them, they can't even make a proper Indica.
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Old 29th March 2011, 07:12   #3275
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Actually, it is the other way round. Tata does not make any FIATs, rathers it is the FIAT guys who spend a lot of time building Manzas and Probably even some Indica Vistas.
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Old 29th March 2011, 10:00   #3276
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^^ What is that FIAT doing with TATA cars.
AFAIK they are only providing engines.
Are you saying FIAT is involved in the R&D section of TATA
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Actually, it is the other way round. Tata does not make any FIATs, rathers it is the FIAT guys who spend a lot of time building Manzas and Probably even some Indica Vistas.
I know, the Ranjangaon factory is a Fiat factory, but the whole company is 50% Tata owned. They share suppliers, etc and i'm not too sure whose manufacturing policies / QA systems are used. Fiat's world wide are quite well put together (although not in the league of the Germans), so why is this happening in India ??


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^^ What is that FIAT doing with TATA cars.
AFAIK they are only providing engines.
Are you saying FIAT is involved in the R&D section of TATA
I think he was referring to the Manza's built at the Tata Fiat Rangangaon plant.

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Old 29th March 2011, 13:38   #3278
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FIAT's Ranjangoan plant is fullyrun by FIAT only, and their policisare in use.

I dont think FIAT's are any worse put together than any of the European cars built in India. It is only a few parts whose quality is in question on FIAT car in my opinion, mostly the plastic quality. Other than that I dont think you will call FIATs as badly put together.

True FIAT India is owned partly by Tata Motors, but this does not effect how FIAT makes their cars.
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Old 29th March 2011, 21:19   #3279
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The people who are responsible for the poor fit/finish (which IMO is not that bad, especially if you are in the driving seat ) are the FIAT guys and nobody else.
Even if the car is hand-built by Ratan Tata himself.

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After the blue they now gonna stop production of the exotic red color? A TBHPian had tough time getting (ordering) the red one. Seems they dont produce red ones as the demand for this is less!

Pray they dont stop making red Punto and that this is a rumor by the dealer!
Yes there is a shortage of Exotica Red Punto, cause I am still waiting for mine to be delivered, which I booked almost a month back. The reason given is Exotica Red is not a popular color and they struggle to sell it.
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^^ I do not buy this. Its the most popular color on a Punto after White. There must be a different reason.
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Yes there is a shortage of Exotica Red Punto, cause I am still waiting for mine to be delivered, which I booked almost a month back. The reason given is Exotica Red is not a popular color and they struggle to sell it.
Very true buddy! I also booked a Red one but then it would take more than 45 days from the day I booked, so I went with T.Wine color. Now the car will be delivered on Monday (hopefully) .
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Very true buddy! I also booked a Red one but then it would take more than 45 days from the day I booked, so I went with T.Wine color. Now the car will be delivered on Monday (hopefully) .
Has everyone who has booked the red colour gone in for the 90 HP MJD version? Because red does not seem to be popular in that particular variant. Else, it is one of the most popular colours for the Punto alongside white. If not, then maybe they have a shortage of paint supply or something for that colour.
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Has everyone who has booked the red colour gone in for the 90 HP MJD version? Because red does not seem to be popular in that particular variant. Else, it is one of the most popular colours for the Punto alongside white. If not, then maybe they have a shortage of paint supply or something for that colour.
Mine is 90HP but I saw the other GPs two in their current shipment are also not Red (both non 90HP) and checked with other dealer in Gurgaon. Even I spoke to a production guy in Pune who said that there in no 90HP E.Red planned for next 15-20 Days
But at the same time, I like the metallic shade and paint quality of T.Wine.
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I havent seen new Red Puntos for quite sometime. Initially red was the hot favorite. But not now as I see
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