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|26th March 2010, 17:27||#16|
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Jokes apart, I would rate Manza as Best VFM car in India.
|26th March 2010, 17:50||#17|
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|5th June 2010, 11:42||#18|
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As said by others, part sharing is what all car manufacturers do - at least with the ones regular people buy. The idea is to keep costs down. And if plain appearance is the deciding factor, then there are a very large number of similar looking cars in India and the world that sell really well, and are very good in their own segments/spaces.
If this is your opinion of the Manza boot, please review the Swift Dzire. I'm also interested in your opinion of how that engine performs. The National Engine in the Manza comes with a VGT, and as mentioned in GTO's review is drivable, and does the job quite well. Expressway scorchers at 90BHP? Not really, but what are we comparing the Manza with, and more importantly what does the compared vehicle cost?
The bluetooth system is "imaginatively" called Blue5. "Blue & Me" is Fiat, so that is just wonderful, isn't it? Not "Blue5" even though the 5 indicates that one can pair up to 5 different devices. How can it be imaginative when it is a Tata creation, I ask!! Not really objective or informed there, are we?
With ABS... This is exactly the point of the Manza. More for less. And this time around we can't blame the engine (Fiat), suspension, space or ergonomics. Plastics are suspect, but not all of them, and the step up from the Indigo is incredible. I hear the Swift rattle, but then that's a Suzuki (with a Fiat engine, though). Not that many long posts on that, though.
Tata's "Refer & Duplicate" team has come up with a totally original car, and used a couple of interior plastic parts from the "bin" to keep costs down. Yes, it is based on the Indica Vista, so it will look like it (Obviously!). Swift and Dzire comparizon anyone? Linea and Punto? It's nice to be witty, but keep things true and in perspective. This is not a Literary club, so your stigmatizing Tata's R&D without real reason is not really called for nor necessary. At the end of the day, it's a great car and way more affordable or VFM than any of the other "original designs".
|5th June 2010, 11:56||#19|
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Thanks for reminding me of GT! Those were the days
A very interesting take on the Manza. It definitely is the best VFM car, if only you can get over the looks of the "Indica with a boot" and iffy handling.
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|5th June 2010, 18:08||#20|
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Driven by constant opinion flows about the Manza being the best VFM out there, I could not resist Test driving it, & boy, was it a punishing test drive. Accompanied by a colleague from office (who's also an auto buff), we took turns to push the Manza to at least some limits.
On good roads, the ride was pretty good. The car absorbed the small bumps and little uneven undulations that even our good roads present. Back seat space/comfort in one word - Fantastic! The steering isn't light (am comparing here to I10, Ritz), and I like it that way. My friend though said that it felt like a mini truck, so difference of opinion here. On bad roads, and I mean really bad (read almost no road at all), the way Manza gobbled up the mud-stone mix was admirable. Here too, the back seat occupants wouldn't be too bothered. Even some larger puddles couldn't disturb the Manza more than what was required to tide over them.
We drove the petrol variant (top-end) and found out the the cabin was very quiet. Very less, if any, outside noise seeps in. Also, during idling, its difficult to make out if the engine is switched on at all. Apart from the leg room both at the front and the back, one other stand-out feature was the boot space. See it to believe this - the boot is humongous. Would also like to point out here that the behaviour of the sales rep during all this was very positive. He was Mr. Gopi from Concorde Motors. Finally, discussing the pricing, the Manza petrol version (top-end) was coming out to be 7.15L on road here in Bangalore.
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