Dear Friends, after a long wait, I have finally bought new Liva diesel GD SP version.
My choice was between,
Punto 90 HP -- Excellent car. During test drive I had tested it's capability thoroughly and at 100 kmph on a gravel filled road had applied brakes and the response of ABS
was awesome. The car stopped in straight line and in very short distance. Somehow didn't had the confidence with dealer for aftersales. Had to let go.
Swift Zdi -- Fun to drive, turbo lag was quite evident and had to do lot of gear changes in city traffic. Carried out same brake test on same road patch. Well the brakes were not at par. Also the less space at back went against it.
Swift Dzire zdi -- No test drive car available. Ruled it out. The sales person used to come and meet me every alternate day and was pushing me to book it. Then I gave him "gyan", I told him to talk to one girl and marry another with identical characteristics, behaviour, etc., however he will never get to see that girl before marriage. Then he never turned up. Why the hell these guys don't have a TD car?
Honda City Corporate Edition -- The car was good and easy to drive. The dealer was offering me good discounts. However while taking the same brake test the car never stopped in straight line, it was unstable and shifted almost by 30 degrees. Rejected outright. Also the GC went against.
Indica Vista 90 HP -- Didn't like it outright, though it has come a long way and much better than previous. The NVH was quite good though.
Toyota Liva diesel -- Didnt like the car at first sight. However when I took a long test drive I started liking the car. Then took my brake test on the same road patch. I was totally surprised to see the braking capability, it was very very near to Punto. Did the same test couple of times and I was awe struck. The taxi image car had started growing on me. So waited from December to March for the facelifted car.
1. Good pickup
2. Good visibility
3. Good rear legroom and ok bootspace
4. Better NVH than outgoing model due to hydraulic mountings
5. Better seats
6. Height adjustable driver seat
1. Gearshift is little hard
2. NVH should have been better than it is today
3. No alloys and wider tires
4. No Fog lamps
5. No speakers at rear
Booking/Delivery (Twist in tale) -- First had booked the car with dealer with their east branch. I was assured the car within 5 working days after launch. I had also told the Sales guy that I would like to create a unique report from unloading the car from container till the delivery part. My friend was also keen to do a good video script, with this film, photography background that I wanted to do for TAI
'ans. By this I would have had achieved two things, one a unique buying experience for prospects and second, it would have added to positive image of the dealer. However I got a message that we don't have a car. I called up the CEO and he too was speaking on bit negative side. After asking him couple of questions he opened up and said that he thought that I am from some xxx car forum where people come with a 200 points list and more specifically do Toyota bashing. He thought that I am also from same team/forum. I slammed him by saying that how can one generalize things and he could have had cross checked. Although I was polite till the end even after this incident.
I dropped the booking and went to west side of Pune same dealer different branch and did the booking after seeing and verifying the vehicle. Same dealer different branch. Paid the DD in full and got the car on 3rd working day. They had the vehicle of my color choice, however even the CEO was not aware??? of this. Surprising!
On the second day the CEO calls up and apologises for the misunderstanding and assures me good support. They realised their mistake, but I had lost the interest of creating a unique buying experience that would have got them many happy customers. Also a loss to poor sales guy who was following up for almost 3 months.
So the end result is I have a Liva diesel with ABS
and Airbags. This version comes with inbuilt CD player with USB.
Will post the pictures soon.