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Old 22nd December 2009, 21:48   #16
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I think where the Germans and not Benz alone, slip up is the mismatch between the way they think and the way we Indians do.

Whereas the Germans are all about the usage of technology to solve real life driving scenarios, mechanical precision, build quality and so on, Indians are wowed more by bells and whistles ( except t-bhpians!) and are generally not seduced by the fundamentals of nd so a car-its driving dynamics and so on.
Sir, you have correctly pointed out the mindset of an average indian car buyer who is more attracted by the attached frills than the form and subatance of the machine. Only a greater level of awareness will change this trend.

However the write up was good and a first hand comparison between Merc and poor man's Merc. The quality of German engineering is something worth writing about and we can look forward to their greater presence on our roads in coming years. Regards.

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>>> I am referring to the price list given there.

>>> Will share the prices Caramelo

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>>> Caramelo,

Here are the prices shared by AutoHangar during the Lavasa trip :
(The prices given out were for corporates only; these are Mumbai, you have deduct roughly 1.5-1.75 lacs for Thane). I am giving you prices for the Special Edition.

C200K
Base 28,33,975
Total (incl. metallic paint, leather seats, excl. Octroi)30,46, 685
Octroi 1,54,238
Ex showroom32,00,923
Insurance1,12,882
Regn+service chgs5,91,167
OTR39,04,972
Star Maintenance Package1,75,000
Total 40,79,972

C220 CDI ( the price that I mentioned in my post)
Base 31,21,689
Total (incl. metallic paint, leather seats, excl. Octroi)33,34,399
Octroi 1,68,804
Ex showroom35,03,203
Insurance1,23,253
Regn+service chgs6,45,577
OTR42,72,033
Star Maintenance Package1,75,000
Total 44,47,033

C230K ( Avantgarde available only)
Base 33,75,967
Total (incl. metallic paint, leather seats, excl. Octroi)34,38,005
Octroi 1,74,049
Ex showroom36,12,054
Insurance1,26,987
Regn+service chgs6,65,170
OTR44,04,211
Star Maintenance Package1,75,000
Total 45,79,211

Merc's prices have been completely, compleatly, overtaken by Bimmer's aggressive pricing for their 320d ( with all safety features, minus bells & whitles) of 22,9xxxx. ex showroom Thane. Reckon one can get a corker of a car for about 26-27 OTR Bombay. That's God's gift to Indian petrolheads (dieselheads actually)

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Sir, you have correctly pointed out the mindset of an average indian car buyer who is more attracted by the attached frills than the form and subatance of the machine. Only a greater level of awareness will change this trend..

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>>>amikacin,

Thank you. Totally agree that greater awareness and the continued evolution-sophistication of the Indian car buyer will widen Indian car buying preferences.
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