Originally Posted by acechip
A few reasons why this may not hold:
1) The Aspire is a better car in terms of cabin space. You cant seat 4 large adults in a Polo/Ameo very comfortably-in fact, its the least comfortable amongst the sub 4 m sedans.
2) Ford TDCI engine will find favour with taxi cab operators.
3) Ford engine is mechanically a bit more reliable and rugged, and the cloud of emission recalls has not entirely lifted off VW's head yet.
I totally agree as I own 1.5 Fiesta with 60k run and a 284k run 2010 Figo. The engine would be more reliable. The Figo looks set for another 150k. VW diesels are costly to maintain. My few cents on the cost of spares of Vento.
Turbo charger costs 2.20 lakhs
Cost of engine 4.00 lakhs
EGR costs 54000 rs
Fuel Injectors cost 25000 each.
Gear box cost 1.75 lakhs
Head lamp costs 22000
Steering wheel costs 39000
Each regular service would average 12k at the minimum.
The mere nos. are astounding.
Comparatively Fiesta is cheaper to maintain. 10k service 1400rs
20k service 4319rs.
30k service 4800rs
40k service 2700rs
50k service 4200rs
These are one of the lowest in the industry much cheaper than Maruti. Figo or Aspire would be cheaper by 300 to 400 Rs. Ford Tdci wins on ride, space, safety, mileage and cost of ownership. Ameo diesel's suspension is tuned stiffer from Polo and not many would like it. It creates a wallowing effect on eneven roads and craters but could perform better on smooth roads.
Ameo would cannibalise Vento and polo sales as we already see from their sales performance. Polo used to sell 2500 to 3000 on its own and combined they sell the same volume now. Vento sales are now to 3 digits and it's very hard to justify cost difference of 3 to 4 lakh rs between a Ameo and Vento. By the way, I'll be test driving the Ameo tomorrow for 200 kms and will report my experience.