The title itself explains what i mean to ask. By indian brands, i mean to ask about Mahindra & Tata. Maruti is not considered as almost all its cars are japanese!
This incident happened to me yesterday. I picked up one of my friend in my scorpio & we parked our car in the underground parking of a commercial building. The parking had about 10-12 cars & around 6-8 of them were base model scorpios. the following conversation happened between me & my friend, rohit-
Rohit: this parking is full of scorpios!
Me: yes, all are base models with no wheelcaps. maybe all of them belong to some firm who has it's office in this complex.
R: but why scorpio? are they mad?
M: why? whats wrong?
R: i think a scorpio costs 10 lakhs right. they could have gone for a toyota innova. why opt for a mahindra?
M: whats wrong in a mahindra?
R: Dude, mahindras are not meant to make cars. they should only make trucks.
M: trucks?! mahindra has not been making trucks at all (on a large scale). they used to make tractors initially.
R: yea whatever, then whats that company- oh yea, thats tata...!
R: LOL, so you bought a car from a tractor maker?!!! even mahindras should make only that old jeeps (pointing to a mahindra classic parked in a corner) & tractors used in villages.
M: have you ever driven or owned a mahindra or tata?
R: no, i would never ever buy a mahindra or tata. who wants to be seen in them?
(he has a honda city - NHC)
M: then how can you comment on its vehicles?
R: cmon dude, the world knows, tatas & mahindras can make only low quality, unreliable & cheap cars. these indian brands cannot compete with the japs. so its best they stick to their trucks & jeeps. why would a family man buy these cars when you get a honda or toyota for the same price?
M: then why do you see so many tatas & scorpios on the road?
R: what? i have never seen too many scorpios & in tatas, only call centre guys & taxi owners buy indicas. which other car does tata make anyway?
M: LOL, you dont even know which cars tata & mahindra makes?
R: man, whose bothered about them? who cares? i would never ever in my life buy a mahindra or tata, so why should i look at them?
M: sure, i wont challenge your opinions (i dont need to!) but i would still suggest you atleast drive a mahindra or tata first & then comment. i accept they wont have the finesse & quality of your jap cars but then they offer many other things which make it more VFM
R: LOL, i dont wanna risk my life & waste my money by buying a tata or mahindra! so i dont need to drive such crude vehicles.
M: okay, i wont debate then!
After exiting from the vehicle, he sees the bonnet scoop on my car.
R: dude, whats this? why have you fitted this?
M: its not aftermarket, its standard.
R: LOL, what was mahindra thinking? a bonnet scoop will make it's vehicle powerful?
M: Nopes, but it works, its not a dummy. it feeds air to the intercooler.
R: yea whatever! Measures to fool the indian public, as if this car will go drag racing!
After that, i stopped commenting.
But this made me think, are Indian brands considered so cheap? why are indian cars downgraded? whats so wrong with them? why do indians hate seeing themselves in an indian car?
how many in the real world actually think like my friend? i have some other friends too who after sitting in or driving my car has told me, "i cant believe this is mahindra. i never used to even give the scorpio a glance before. after all, its a mahindra...". now some have been recommending scorpios to others. i have personally met many who have bought the innova without even test driving the scorpio or safari. Now, i do know that the innova is superior to both the SUVs, but not even test driving the SUVs mean you dont even want to consider theindian brands in front of a jap brand.
so does that mean, if i have 11 lakhs... if i buy a innova, i am more "classy" & if i buy a scorpio, i am a "villager"?