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Old 30th September 2013, 07:18   #31
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Default Re: Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm

IMHO, the show can be termed as a 'good attempt' at best.

Here's what I found missing:
1. The XUV site claims that the suspension was tuned with collaboration with Lotus. No mention of that in the show. Would have loved to see details around it.

2. Apparently the XUV has been tested in multiple parts of the world. A mention of the global places where it was tested and for how many kms would have been an interesting statestic.

3. The price point at which XUV is placed, vis-a-vis the feature-set, actually created a completely new tempting option for Indian customers. How M&M came up with the positioning and pricing strategy could have been an interesting story to tell.

4. A brief mention was made about world-class part-suppliers being carefully chosen. If this is indeed true, it was a lost opportunity to drop some well-known names.

5. There was no mention of which all countries the global SUV is being sold currently and what are the plans for other countries.

6. Mr. Goenka mentioned about the potential to become the highest sold SUV in the world. A few details about what is the benchmark and how does the XUV fare currently would have been useful.

7. The ending sounded like the XUV is perfect and the story is complete. A mention about customer-feedback and continuous improvements would have been more appropriate.

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Default Re: Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm

Thanks, did watch it yesterday after I read your thread.
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Default Re: Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm

My observations from the XUV show last night:
1. Lots of effort went into the Product engineering, engineering wise no doubt one of the best by Indian standards.
2. Tested in various conditions (Himalayas, African forestes, deserts, etc)
3. Meets global safety standards (crash test was shown, it meets the Italian safety regulations)

What screwed up the product, IMO:

The electronics and other components prone to failures are cheap (Chinese makes), this is one of the main reasons why people face niggles from the electronics. Dynamically the vehicle is brilliant. But the whole package was let down from the assembling PoV.
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Old 30th September 2013, 10:32   #34
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Default Re: Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm

^^ 2500cc, Let's discuss just the documentary on this thread.

XUV's niggles/troubles (and also good things) are being discussed on multiple threads already.
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Old 30th September 2013, 11:07   #35
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Default Re: Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm

What the heck? Thanks for wasting an hour of my Sunday, Discovery!

Horrible, pathetic show...especially by Discovery standards. A half-baked attempt at best. This would have been more suited as an internal promotion video used by Mahindra to pat themselves on the back. For instance, the term "world class" was used like 50 times. Yes, the XUV500 is a great SUV, but world class & beating the best globally? Give me a break.

Horribly shallow. Big thumbs down.
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ha ha how I expected these comments from everyone here!! Half way through the programme, I switched to other channels!

Trust me, the making of the Nano on National Geographic Channel was way too good!!
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Default Re: Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm

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..Trust me, the making of the Nano on National Geographic Channel was way too good!!
Absolutely! Was expecting the same kinda stuff on this program too. But it was a total disaster. The excessive bragging about the cheetah inspired design philosophy was rather boring.

May be people who have never seen a automobile assembly lines would have been a little excited to see the giant robots in action. Otherwise there was nothing great to write home about.
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Old 30th September 2013, 16:35   #38
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The show in itself looked like a Marketing Gimmick by M&M. No doubt i love the XUV for its nice design but hate it after looking at the niggles thread. As SDP mentioned, a lot more stats would have made it worth instead of just praising its own tail. I dont even understand why an Auto Journalist like AJD was featured in there. Many threads on TBHP offer more insights and data on the making of a car / plant.
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Old 1st October 2013, 14:31   #39
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For those who missed the show on Sunday, here's another chance. WARNING: Please read the above posts carefully before attempting to tune into the show. Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm-65046_548403178578584_1710436083_n.jpg

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Default Re: Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm

I am not sure what was good about this show. I was really looking forward to it and once the show started rolling, it was going nowhere. It was lame. It got really boring after a point. They could not stop talking about the design inspiration and what not. I was looking forward to seeing the entire assembly process. They kept jumping from a peek a boo assembly or some random shot which had nothing to do with the conversation taking place in the back ground.
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Old 4th October 2013, 09:26   #41
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Default Re: Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm

In short it was meant to be an 1hr ad to showcase the cheetah in all it glory just before the new price hike. An extension to the current mahindra ads. What better way to do this since the show would have really impressed a lot of new buyers.

No issues with M&M's this sort of marketing strategies as long as they sort out all the niggles with the cars currently on the road and come up with niggle free batches going forward.

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Old 4th October 2013, 09:35   #42
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Default Re: Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm

Watched this episode on 2-Oct with a lot of expectations.
What a big let down it was. This sounded more like a 1 hour Mahindra Ad Campaign than a discovery program. The video, editing, voice everything sounded marketing material to me.
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Looks like Discovery's Ad sales is at an all time low. Guess all prime time slots during weekends/ Public holidays have been sold out to M&M. I have seriously lost count of the repeat!

Really sad to see a channel like discovery accepting such paid documentaries.


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BTW.... spotted this Cheetah inspired short film . Don't know if this video has been posted elsewhere in the forum.


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Old 28th October 2013, 22:55   #44
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Default Re: Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm

The lame video is now on YouTube:

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Default Re: Making of the XUV5OO on Discovery. 29 Sept 13 @ 8 pm

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The lame video is now on YouTube:
An OT question, shooting it here, since the audience has already seen the lengthy video;

Towards the last part of the video(42:20), we are shown the XUV coming to a halt with hard breaking, and in that, could see the brakes/wheels locked up and vehicle sliding to a halt.
With an ABS equipped vehicle, the brakes/wheels are not supposed to be locked like that, isn't it?

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