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Old 5th November 2009, 14:39   #31
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Teana is a good car to be driven around in but for enthusiasts Superb and Accord are still the cars to consider. A diesel would serve the purpose in a limo more than a gasoline fired V6.
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Excellent interiors! Loved the front passenger seat, though asking 25L is a lot. Also, exterior wise, it does resemble the infinity M series from the front.
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Old 5th November 2009, 18:14   #33
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Teana is a good car to be driven around in but for enthusiasts Superb and Accord are still the cars to consider. A diesel would serve the purpose in a limo more than a gasoline fired V6.
Now that you mention it, just seems to obvious . A diesel + local assembly pricing would do wonders to the Teana's cause. And hey, they don't have to look that far. The X-Trail engine is a pretty competent diesel unit.
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I think I'm a few months too late to join this review, but just I might add my two cents' worth - if anyone's still reading


In Oz, the Maxima is offered in both variants - engine-wise, anyway --- the 2.5 V6 and the 3.5 V6.

Nissan probably appears to have made a mistake, but they seem to be targeting a richer audience (the ones that can pay to be exclusive).
That's not surprising - it's the same in most countries - Toyotas are the 'everybody' car, and Nissans are for the more discerning motorist.

Also, I feel that Sid's comparison of the Maxima/Teana with the Mercedes C-class and the BMW 3 series is a little out of place.

The Maxima/Teana is targeted (usually) at an audience who want to be comfortably driven around - be it families or executives. I agree with Sid that their marketing in India seems to have lost direction.

The C-class Mercedes is generally (the world over) targeted at single people with high income and an image to maintain.

Ditto with the 3 series Beemer - in South Africa, whether you own a house or not, you can afford a BMW...! They're the car you want to buy when you're single, and have landed your first well-paying job.
One of the five 3 Series factories is in a suburb of Pretoria, and you can customise your car on the factory website - and it's cheaper than in many parts of the world.

I'm only trying to portray the usual target markets for C-class Mercs and 3-series Beemers (I drove one while I was back home in Durban, South Africa).

The Camry is a middle-class mid-sized sedan/wagon aimed at being an affordable family car. It's just a jumbo-sized Corolla that is not only underpowered, but also overpriced in India.

The Maxima (the world over) is an upper-class mid to full-sized sedan/wagon (when powered by the 3.5 V6) aimed at the discerning section of the market, and needs to be evaluated from a passenger perspective, rather than a driver perspective, like say, a sporty Peugeot (considered a cheap car in countries like Iran), or a C-class Merc.
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If you want to understand why a high-revving engine is an advantage, you have to imagine being a passenger in a Maxima climbing up a winding road up-hill.
Since the motor redlines only at about or above 7000 RPM (I'm guessing, based on Sid's review), it produces climbing power from its midrange onwards (about 3000 RPM?) all the way to about 5000 revs and this means that it is unlikely to change gears suddenly when you need predictable linear power delivered over a range of RPM as you're climbing a winding road-- such as in a luxury car so that the passenger cannot feel the power-shifts. Takes the fun out of driving, for sure, but then, it's not really a driver's car, is it?

Kilometer/liter efficiency doesn't seem to be that far off from a Camry, from what Sid says.

I'm still trying to figure out why the Camry's considered a luxury class car in India... my take is that crafty Toyota's positioning their everyday family car (in Oz or the USA) to be a status symbol in a market by taking advantage of that market's limited exposure to world brands.
Let's face it, while Sid knows he wants out of a car, most buyers'd be only interested in what people say about resale, a mechanic's version of reliability and a reputation Toyota had about 25 years ago.

And I'm still trying to figure out why the Nissan is badly marketed with limited dealer support... wonder if this is still true.

And just in case anyone is curious, the cars sold in Oz and India are different from the ones sold in the US, and these models are manufactured differently too. The US version is made there. The Australasian version is variably made in Japan, China, Thailand, South Korea and Taiwan. The ones that head for India come from Thailand, as far as I know. The version sold in Iran comes from China etc (my girlfriend says it's considered top of the line there, though I'm not sure the Iranians get the 3.5 V6).

Let me stop my rambling by saying that if you wanted to pick up an executive flying into Mumbai from overseas at the airport, and you wanted to impress that person, you'd pick him or her up in a chauffeur-driven Maxima/Teana, or an E-Class Merc, or a 5-Series Beemer... but never a Camry.

I'm curious, though. Does the Indian Teana have 'power' and 'economy' settings on its automatic transmission? Anyone?

Most, if not all, automatics in Oz/South Africa do.
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Also, I feel that Sid's comparison of the Maxima/Teana with the Mercedes C-class and the BMW 3 series is a little out of place.
We have to understand that, in India, the Teana & Camry are imported as completely built units. Thus, they attract a full 106% import duty that effectively doubles the price of the car. This makes the Camry & Teana way more expensive than an Accord or Superb, and bang in the territory of the C Class & 3 series. In fact, in some states of our country, I won't be surprised if the 320d Corporate Edition works out cheaper on the road than the Teana.

Unlike the Teana, the 3 / C are locally assembled.

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The Maxima/Teana is targeted (usually) at an audience who want to be comfortably driven around - be it families or executives. I agree with Sid that their marketing in India seems to have lost direction.
Due to the cheap cost of labour, one can have a competent full time driver for Rs. 6,000 a month. 9 / 10 C Class' and 3 series are chauffeur-driven in India.

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The C-class Mercedes is generally (the world over) targeted at single people with high income and an image to maintain.
The C Class & 3 series in India are definitely not affordable in your high twenties for most self-made personalities in India (that is, when Daddy's not paying). Don't have stats, but the median age of 30 lakh rupee car owners would probably be somewhere between 40 - 50.

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The largest customer base for the Camry comes from Hotels, who get full duty concessions. Please search for "EPCG" on this forum...lots of info on the topic.
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We ... in India, the Teana & Camry are ... 106% import duty ...in the territory of the C Class & 3 series. Unlike the Teana, the 3 / C are locally assembled.

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The C Class & 3 series in India are definitely not affordable in your high twenties for most self-made personalities in India (that is, when Daddy's not paying). Don't have stats, but the median age of 30 lakh rupee car owners would probably be somewhere between 40 - 50.

...on the topic.
Perhaps I should have been more specific, GTO - when I mentioned that C-Class Mercs and 3 Series Beemers were targeted at single high-income people - I didn't specify any age on purpose.

I forgot that in India, if you're single, it implies you're under 30 (usually)

The demographic of those who drive such cars is usually in the 30+ age group world over, unless, as you mentioned, daddy is paying. Most of such cars I've seen here and elsewhere are driven by executives doing well career-wise. Rarely young people.

But in my wildest dreams, I wouldn't have thought that these cars were chauffeur-driven anywhere in the world! I stand enlightened...

I didn't realize that cars were classified by price in India rather than by category (hatchback, liftback, sedan, station-wagon etc.) or size viz. small, mid-size, full-size sedan etc.

And then there's people's perceptions about a higher cost equalling higher snob-value.

In South Africa, or say, Russia, Beemers are cheap 'cos they're made there, esp. the 3-series. Everyone has one (which is why my hot mother drives a VW Jetta - better snob value!).

When I immigrated to Oz years ago, I refused to buy a Beemer though I could afford one - 'cos to me it was a cheap yuppie car unless we're talking the 7 series i.e. full-size sedans / wagons.

And I wouldn't buy a Honda 'cos all the Chinese had one, and besides, it was a cheap car in the Philippines, and I didn't see why I should pay any more for it just because it was an import.

That may sound a little racist, but believe me, it's not. It's just about snob-value, and I'm beginning to understand why a Camry might actually be a 'classy' car in India...

I preferred to pay for a car that was worth the money - 'cos I figured the snob value would come in terms of actual performance...

But I'm now humbled by the realization that such perception is limited to performance enthusiasts who know their rides well (such as those who post here).

Thanks for the insight.

Now to look up that rebate the hotels get...
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But in my wildest dreams, I wouldn't have thought that these cars were chauffeur-driven anywhere in the world! I stand enlightened
Even the 50 lakh rupee Prado - an SUV with sub-standard rear bench comfort compared to the equivalently priced E Class - is chauffeur-driven in India . Over and above Porsche Cayennes etc. etc.

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Totally. Else, for most chauffeur-driven C / 3 / A4 owners, the Teana / Superb / Accord are more suited, comfortable and cheaper.

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That may sound a little racist, but believe me, it's not. It's just about snob-value, and I'm beginning to understand why a Camry might actually be a 'classy' car in India...
75% of our market consists of cars costing less than 5 - 6 lakh rupees (i.e. hatchbacks). Luxury is, indeed, a relative term.
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2011 cars available at 7L off & 2012 cars at 4L off.

Am seriously considering picking up one of these, unless the teana's are prone to some specific quality issue/problem.

Does anybody here own a Teana and is unhappy? Or happy?
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GOSF offer for the Teana with a Rs. 5.5L discount:

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Not sure if it is worth it. I'll let you guys be the judge.
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GOSF offer for the Teana with a Rs. 5.5L discount:

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Not sure if it is worth it. I'll let you guys be the judge.
It is definitely worth it. The most comfy car I've sat in in it's segment and a segment above; seats are made of 3 layers and have some sort of vibration absorbing material too.

The Panoramic dual glass roof, ventilated and heated seats, quality of leather appointed, Ottoman-styled front seat, the hotel-like atmosphere that the led ambiance lighting creates, the safety kit, the space and effortless drive, makes a journey in this car just sublime. Not a second goes by when you're in the car, where you wonder what Nissan intended with this model; it is not trying to have the best performance or sportiest drive, not trying to be the most economical or offer the most features (hyundai). It was built to pamper you and your mates. That's it.

Only thing not worth the money is the design but I honestly don't care (coming from a guy who sketched cars all his childhood and is now studying design) given what you're getting.

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GOSF offer for the Teana with a Rs. 5.5L discount: Nissan Teana GOSF offer Not sure if it is worth it. I'll let you guys be the judge.
Makes a good buy, imagine comparing a Jetta vs. Teana at the same price now after this discount. I think Teana would be a better choice in terms of styling (subjective), features and a class above car too. I just love Teana looks. Bad that I'm not in India, else would have seriously considered buying one instead of a Jetta. Also, when you are trying to book online it takes you to payment page and there is no way to know when the car is made etc. need to read the fine print.
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Taena discontinued already? When did this happen ?
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