Hey guys. I used to post here long time ago and got some excellent advice from docknick, texases common sense answer and the rest of the gang.
That led me to buy an excellent 2007 Chevy Cobalt 2 door coupe stick shift which I used and enjoyed during my time in the states.
Now I am back in India, my native land…cars over here are much smaller than what is usual in the states. A civic or a cobalt is a small-ish car in the US and it is a medium-large car here. Most cars are Honda Fit sized.
Driving is a pain here…Indian roads are dotted with potholes for extra comfort. Jam packed, it seems as if all 1.2 billion Indians have decided to drive all at once! Rules are made on the fly, red lights are negotiable, driving lanes are non existent and road rage is a common occurrence. Given the incidence of road rage in New Delhi, where I live, thank God Indians don’t have guns like in the US!!
The Tata Nano is a style statement for the richest Indians. But, the target market, lower middle class Indians havent taken to it as well as Tata hoped, because of the worlds cheapest tag.
Most popular in India are Suzuki cars. They made an excellent decision in the early 80s to partner with the old soviet style state owned car company, thereby getting a 30 year head start in India, on the rest of the pack. The next most popular car here is Hyundai.
India is a big small car export hub; the southern tip of India, Chennai has very large automotive clusters.
BMW and Mercedes sell at 250% of the equivalent price in the US. And they’re made in India, to Indian specs, having usually 100 bhp less than the same model of BMW in the US. Its strange that they are able to get away with such a premium price. All the same, sales of BMW are booming and it surprises me as to how many people have a BMW.
All in all, its great to be back home…at the same time I miss my home of the past 4 years in Houston.
Best wishes to all you good folk in the States. You guys do a great job of helping people.