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Old 17th December 2009, 00:47   #16
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sir, awesome report and super pics!! thank you!!

am sure the both of you had a ball of a time driving the fiats!! cannot wait until i get myself behind the wheels of the punto mjd, probably soon!! and its going to be the blue one fore sure!! looks a beauty!!

EDIT: 5 Star!!

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Old 17th December 2009, 00:50   #17
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Awesome, Description and amazing photography. This provokes me to go on a long drive in my Punto
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Old 17th December 2009, 01:38   #18
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I really enjoyed those pics. Even a drive photography looks more like an ad. Particularly those taken on the roads when the cars were in motion next to each other. Superb!

So you two really managed to have that kind of a time to get away from office and do this, eh!
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Old 17th December 2009, 01:47   #19
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Nice narration and excellent pictures. Specially the pics of moving cars taken with ND filter.

Although your journey started with a wrong note, it finished well.
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Old 17th December 2009, 07:48   #20
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Great write up Rudra and brilliant Pics.

FIAT cars has one of the most amazing handling capabilities. I own a GP and I never feel tired of driving it. FIATs are truly amazing cars, hope FIAT works in the right direction to establish better market hold in India.
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@Rudra, amazing pics - as always. Loved the DoF you have captured there. The pics of the cars in motion ... look like they were shot on the (Tata/Fiat) test track and not on the highway. How did you do it ?
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Old 17th December 2009, 08:44   #22
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Good Review and amazing pictures. I wish I could be part of such drives. Voted for "5" stars.Kudos to Team-BHP mods.
Till date have driven 1700 kms in my Punto MJD and the love for the car has only increased. The car(Punto) can handle Indian roads very well.
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Excellent write-up and pics. Pure mag material, but in a higher class of photography.
Its nice to know they invited TBHP for the drive.
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Fantastic photos and a superb review. FIAT is doing the right things, but may be at a slow pace. Their persistence will pay off.

Kudos to the team-bhp mods and the forum. We know we have a say and it counts.
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rudra made for an excellent read and the pictures have been a real treat for lesser mortals like us.

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We can now relate to the reply Fiat official gave at the press conference to a particular question: “What’s so different or special about Fiat cars, compared to others?”

He Replies: “Drive our cars and then you will know.”

And yes we know now.

One may dislike Fiat due to the bad image the brand built up during the initial years. But once you drive their cars over couple of 100 km, you will see a very different perspective. They say “some cars have soul”. One definitely cannot ignore.
Maybe you should have told him that in Europe they say FIAT is the abbreviated form of Fix It Again Tony. Well this came from a colleague who drives a Fiat in Europe.
I think they still have long way to go in terms if service and spares. Just being optimistic of the fact that they get their act together and bring in a change.

Honestly I aint taking a dig at FIAT, but then with such lovely cars they produce they need to have enough service support too.
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Old 17th December 2009, 09:54   #26
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Great write-up Rudra!
I found it to be well-balanced & concise (to the point). The pics, of course, are magnificent & very inspiring

Hope we catch-up on such drives in future too!

Cheers!
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A very written write-up and great pics.

I kept on reading the posts one after another, completely glued to the thread.
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can anyone give details of who was driving in which leg (leg1-leg9)?
PUNE - GOA BANGALORE
Teams: ZIG WHEELS/ET NOW
BANGALORE - COCHIN CHENNAI
Team: Car India
CHENNAI - HYDERABAD VIZAG
Teams: Overdrive/CNBC
VIZAG - BHUBNESHWAR RANCHI
Teams: Auto India/NDTV India
RANCHI - KOLKATA PATNA
Teams: B S Motoring/ZEE Business/HT
PATNA - LUCKNOW - AGRA DELHI
Teams: AUTOCAR/UTV
DELHI - CHANDIGARH - PALAMPUR - DHANAULTI DELHI
Teams: Auto Build NDTV 24/7
DELHI - JAIPUR UDAIPUR
Teams: Auto Experts/CNEB
UDAIPUR - AHMEDABAD - SURAT BOMBAY
Teams: Top Gear/Times Now/team-bhp
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So you two really managed to have that kind of a time to get away from office and do this, eh!
It was Monday to Thursday night Zap. Yes we did manage without much issue.
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look like they were shot on the (Tata/Fiat) test track and not on the highway. How did you do it ?
Tucking myself inside blue Punto's hatch. It was uncomfortable for sure. Cars were doing around 100 then.
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Its nice to know they invited TBHP for the drive.
Actually they called us before in between their tour. It was a very small notice to plan our leave from office.
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A great report. Enjoyed reviewing the pics with our good friend Amrut the other night. Did'nt Jaggu try using the Blue and me function for his iphone ?
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Did'nt Jaggu try using the Blue and me function for his iphone ?
He tried and I tried too. Blue & me probably doesn't like iPhone.
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