Originally Posted by raj_5004
I had a get together with my international friends at my place yesterday. For those who are unaware, I am in UK. The discussion about the Indian automotive sector started and we were talking about the Nano.
It just struck me and I showed them pics of the XUV5OO and Storme to these guys. I was curious to know the opinion of these guys on our Indian products. Some of the opinions were really interesting.
We all know that "Ze Germans" like simplistic styling and clean lines... like Ze Volkswagen. It came as no surprise that they disliked the XUV inside out. Even an Austrian friend said that it could have done without those excessive detailing. However, there were some French, Bulgarians and South Africans who said the Storme looks like a decade old design (then I showed them the pics of the older Safari) and preferred the XUV over it, reasoning that it looked like a more modern product with a fresher design, especially the interiors.
All in all, I was really surprised that these guys dont even know the existence of our cars but were happy when they saw our new gen products like these. However, the common question was - is the A.S.S., quality and reliability as good as the Japanese and Ze Germans? I had to honestly and sheepishly admit - No. But then our cars cost a fraction of what Ze Germans cost!
Thanks to Nano, everyone associates Indian automotive sector
with that cheap little car for the poor.
Sometimes I think the launch of Nano has done more harm than
good for India on the whole. Tata should have just stuck with
improved versions of the Indica/Vista, adding more features,
improving quality and making it far greater value.
The symbol of our industry should be a big SUV or something, not
a teeny weeny car that did not even achieve what it set out to do.
P.S. - Personally I feel very embarressed whenever the Nano is
talked out, especially when among foreigners. It is a shameful
little car, and a failed one at that. No pun intended.
Coming to XUV v/s Storme...I can't help but stick to my earlier vision,
which says that, XUV500 is undoubtedly better.
Coming to overseas sales, I think XUV has come out as the best
Indian car on sale outside India. Especially in South Africa. In that country,
Mahindra has already posted the best growth figures (regarding sales figures).
The XUV seems particularly well-received. Just read the following
article by a SA-based automobile website and also read the following
user comments from South African customers - Mahindra's new flagship SUV driven | wheels24.co.za
The vehicle was checked out by one Hailey Philander and he wrote that review^^.
CHECK THIS OUT -
According to RGT Smart, a Port Elizabeth-based market intel agency, Mahindra
sold 1,563 vehicles in South Africa for the month of May 2012 compared to 699
vehicles the previous year. A growth of 124 percent
Source: - Mahindra 'SA's top growth brand' | wheels24.co.za
Mahi is followed by Jaguar in the second spot with 94 percent, Kia in 3rd and Jeep in
4th. I'll be glad to know about Safari Storme's overseas success. Where does it stand when
compared to XUV outside of India?