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Rtech 7th September 2006 13:18

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look at the drab interior and styling which is same league as the OHC vtec
what! Octi's interior in the same league as the OHC. I see the Scotsman have attacked early today!

ajmat 7th September 2006 13:23

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Originally Posted by Rtech
what! Octi's interior in the same league as the OHC. I see the Scotsman have attacked early today!


Plain and functional!! Whose the scotty?

Rtech 7th September 2006 13:28

Agreed on the plain and functional part. But there is a world of difference in the quality and overall appearance.

Scotty could be one of many, Rudra keeps updating me with a list of names I've never heard before!

GTO 7th September 2006 14:39

Well, Rt...think in terms of relativity. The OHC interiors were considered drab in comparision to its then competition. Today, its the Octavia whos interiors are drab compared to the Optra, Corolla, Civic etc.

tsk1979 7th September 2006 14:46

Not just the interiours. Its a small car costing 12L.
I dont care if the hood is a mile long and the boot can take in a million liters of luggage. I couldnt stretch in the back seat at all, and in the front seat also my knees were uncomfortable close to the dashboard. Not a good car to sit in as a passenger if you are over 6 feet tall.
They have to make significant changes to the interior layout to deal with the competition. If Toyota comes with a 100bhp D4D corolla, it is going to hit everybody from optra to octavia real hard.

GTO 7th September 2006 16:01

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and in the front seat also my knees were uncomfortable close to the dashboard.
Agreed. I can stretch more in the Vtecs front seats than the Octy's.

But man....you gotta drive Monkeys car. You wont care much about practicality then.

superavi 7th September 2006 16:31

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Originally Posted by tsk1979
100bhp D4D corolla

Is this a diesel? Pardon the ignorance.

Superavi

Steeroid 7th September 2006 16:42

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Originally Posted by tsk1979
Not just the interiours. Its a small car costing 12L.

Agreed. Had a hard time driving one in Mumbai last week with my knees on either side of the steering wheel (and I'm not even 6') and hated every moment of it. The engine is great, but the car took some beating on some really bad roads (we drove to Dombivili, which is back and beyond of nowhere) and everyone was complaining about the lack of space. My wife actually compared the rear space to the Accent (sacrilege ?) and I found the driving position really really uncomfortable with 4 adults (incl driver) and one child in the car. For a 28k kms vehicle it creaked quite a bit but it was a rental car. I'd never pay 12.80 lakhs for this vehicle, nor would I rent one again. On the way back I gave the Skoda to my cousin and drove his Wagon R.

sandeep108 7th September 2006 16:47

OMG, preferred wagonR to Octi! Sacrilege my dear friend. Honda, Honda, Honda and nothing else for us Indians...

Steeroid 7th September 2006 16:58

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Originally Posted by sandeep108
OMG, preferred wagonR to Octi! Sacrilege my dear friend.

Why is it sacrilege to speak up your mind? The Wagon R didnt bottom out, I was more comfortable driving it and the roads were in no condition for us to be able to enjoy the Octi's engine which is the real reason for driving that car. The smaller wheels made me feel more of the road, but at least I wasnt wondering whether I should steer with my knees.

suman 7th September 2006 17:02

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Originally Posted by superavi
Is this a diesel? Pardon the ignorance.

Superavi

Yes it is a diesel.............

Boom Shiva 8th September 2006 12:25

Still no sign of the Fabia. Wonder what they're waiting for...

garvit2002 8th September 2006 17:34

laura will still lead the diesel luxury carslol:

Rtech 8th September 2006 17:46

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laura will still lead the diesel luxury cars
I agree. But, its playing in a field of where its the only team! It has not direct competition as yet.

sandeep108 8th September 2006 18:18

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Originally Posted by Rtech
I agree. But, its playing in a field of where its the only team! It has not direct competition as yet.

If Honda was really serious, they could easily launch the 2.2L diesel engine version with all goodies (AT with paddle shift) as they have done in UK. Then the Laura/Octi would certainly start sweating... But then Honda would find this civic eating into Accord sales? Honda are in a tight spot now, I think as regards pricing. I am quite sure launch of civic must have also impacted accord sales somewhat.

Current Civic should have been priced 75-100k lower (in anticipation of toyota retaliation), 2.2 diesel 150k above this level, so 50-75k above current civic pricing, new accord 250-300k above diesel civic. Then Honda would have completely wrapped up the market from 700k onwards to 1700k.


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