I feel the Indian car buyers are to be blamed sometimes for what market research puts at our feet. How many car buyers seek build quality & extra features,the max one hears is need for Airbags & ABS
,but top priority is mileage & maintenance costs & then maybe performance.So light weight & cutting out specs is the cheat code here.
@ dr vm
Well good to hear the Bolt doesnt feel cost cut,but cant help remembering that boot on the Zest, reminded me of my School days where i use to open my geometry box
.But then a boot door is least priority so as long as key things are addressed am sure Indian cars can move ahead.
Now as for cars built with better quality the service is an issue unfortunately,keeping Maruti firm in there place as every Uncle & aunty will tell you blindly that it is best to buy whatever they offer,its just like a safe arranged marriage
If we look at cars at the premium category
i am reminded of my personal experience where options & specs dont matter its just the prestigious badge.
So this is what car makers probably observe & cater cars to our mentality & way of choosing.
My friend had this VW Passat highline(DRL version),in the beginning we would laugh behind his back why would anyone pay 30 - 32 lakhs for it,then i started driving it & exploring the car. I realized i was very wrong it had everything a DSG a motor at 174 bhp, amazing suspension,good seating,leather,heated seats,sun roof,even a system to park itself!!!!!,sound deadning to such an extent that even the bumper inners had them. I also found out he had cancelled the 2011 E class he had booked & bought this car cos it had more features.
Now just think it was way better than the Audi A4 which had same engine but at 140bhp had no DSG dint even have some of the features this car had yet costed 12 to 14 lakhs or even more,heck not even reversing cam if i remember,yet we know who sold & who lost even though both are from literally the same stable.
The final tragedy in this story is resale value,he dint even have any buyers when he sold it 6 months ago as parking space was an issue,where as if it was the Audi A4 am sure it would have been sold in a week.
Regular Indian buyers(Majority) will want Mileage,easy maintenance costs,resale value,then maybe ABS
or airbags(even though some cases badly designed).
Premium/luxury car buyers want Status/brand & a diesel engine.