Expert Speaks


There are few cars that fit the requriment of Indian hatchback car buyer better than the new Ritz. It has everything on paper that cousterms this segment want,space,quality,modern engineering, and a choice of two very appealing engines. But is the new car as good as everyone expects it to be ? Here is an in depth first look.


Mumbai, Cruising at about 110 kph, I somehow cant around to the fact that its a little three-cylinder motor that powering this new supermini from Maruti Suzuki. The top- end ZXi version of the A-Star comes with a tachometer thats housed in a spherical pod above the main instrument console, looking as if you just got it fitted at your neighbourhood performance tuning shop.
I take my eyes off the road to look at it, and the needle is nestled at 3500 rpm. If needed I could push the car a little more, and I do just that, till the little A-Star runs out of stream when it reaches the 155 kph mark on the speedo. This is okay by me in a car of this size.

Grand Vitara

It's fun to look down from a height every now and then be it from the mountains or a cliff or for that matter even while driving a car. It's even more so if you can combine both of these as one complete experience. My recent drive to the Uttarakhand hills in a Suzuki Grand Vitara was one such experience.
I have been driving a few SUVs now and then in the mid-segment of the luxury SUV pile but it was the Grand Vitara which had still managed to evade my leaden foot.

Maruti SX4

"Suzuki's SX4 sedan made its world debut at Geneva. Like its five-door sibling, the new model combines responsive dynamics, 4x4 capability and high levels of practicality with a comfortable and cosseting interior, Suzuki has used the talents of Italian designer Giugiaro, who also helped design the SX4 crossover. The interiors are also very fresh and modern with large and airy cabin."

Swift Diesel

Think Diesel and many miss the point, especially depriving the benefits of diesel's low operating costs to the segments which should really benefit the most, viz the A and B segments which make up the biggest chunk of the Indian car market.
All that could very well change as Maruti Suzuki is finally due to launch its much awaited Swift Diesel powered by an engine which is on the of the shining stars among small car diesel power plants in the world.

Swift Dzire

The new sedan version of Swift entices with its interiors. The performance is average, but with good pricing, Maruti may have a winner
Ever since Maruti decided to phase out one of its most loved and once hotselling mid-sized cars in the country - Esteem - speculation has been rife about its successor. On March 19, Maruti revealed it to be Swift DZire, a sedan version of Swift, the latest pin-up in its stable. It will be launched nationwide in about three days and a full test drive will follow, but till then here is the first impression of the car that promises to take the A3 segment to new levels.

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