Originally Posted by powerpacked
It is true that Global auto manufacturers are ripping Indians like anything.
By keeping higher value of their products .By dumping outdated products in India. By ignoring Indian customer.
Few Questions for which I am searching hard.
Why we have accepted Toyota corolla as status symbol though it’s famous Taxi around the globe
Why we are bound to consider Indica as taxi (vista too) just it’s from TATA .
Why Hyundai and Mercedes Benz and few others have started exporting cars and parts from India.
According to me this is the brand value of India.
Indians are far better in quality and cost when it comes to manufacturing of automobiles.
Indians are extreme crazy when it comes to buying of car that too from foreign brand.
Indians will pay any price to your outdated cars and will not complain for getting neglected in terms of service.
Till today kind of message we have passed to global auto.
Well for Does Brand Value Matters? I would say wake up India wake up
The way this comes over to me sounds like you want to victimise yourself. Whether you, your fellow Indians or any other person gets ripped off is in their own hands.
Car manufacturers are not a charity. They are in the market to make money.
If you want value for money then buy a Nano. But most people in India sniff at it because it is the cheapest car in the world and does not fit the idea of a status symbol. This attitude is beyond me. I am a German by birth with a base in Mumbai. Currently I do not have a car in India, but when I have one (or more) a Nano is on the list. I have test driven it (and I mean test driven it, which left the deale representative with an unpleasant feeling) and love it. It handles much better than I thought according to the biased reports.
The Nano has got no brand value. Why?
I hate the guts of Mercedes. People rave over them. Very expensive and not all that comfortable. I have done many a times trips of 1600km a day (Vienna London). I had the choice of going in a Mercedes or a Fiat Uno Mk1 (1301cc). I preferred the Uno. It was more fun and more comfortable.
I have got an Alfa 33 16v, which I love to bits for its handling and performance. I also have 4 Fiat Cinquecentos and one Fiat Seicento and get another Seicento this week. All of them are not standard.
With the one that was tuned the highest (at the moment in my workshop for more power) I used to chase BMW 330s down the motorway. I only chase the BMW owner's because of their brand consciousness. They hate to be 'humiliated' by a motorised shopping trolley. Brand over conscious?
Being ripped off is everybody for falling for brand names rather then looking at the value of the goods. But blaming the manufacturers on it and claiming that they rip off the Indians is outright wrong. They only sell what people are willing to buy. And if anyone needs to have an overpriced status symbol then this is a case of ripping oneself off.