- CARS AND MOTORCYCLES IN INDIA AND ABROAD
The new Tata Sumo Victa
The only people who seem to have seen this new Sumo till
now seem to be those journalists Tata Motors invited over to their plant
in Pune. BS Motoring has a short driving impression of the Sumo Victa.
Click here to read that.
Overall, the Sumo Victa is a definite improvement. Looks
are definitely better. It still does not match up in that department to
the Chevrolet Tavera or the Mahindra Scorpio though.
The Victa has better headlights, a new chrome-plated
grill, better-looking running boards and handles and a much better
looking rear. Interiors are also spruced up, and the new facia is a lot
cleaner with its brushed steel look.
The Tata website has still not been updated with
pictures and details of the new Sumo. Their website always has been hard
to use with its flash animations and navigation difficulties - nothing
is intuitive there. So to find a picture of the Victa, one has to scour
the Web. Sad. Open offer to Tata Motors - if you want someone to manage
your website, let us know!
New Maruti Esteem
The new Maruti Esteem looks very good in the
photographs. But when we were watching their TV ad, I noticed the Esteem
windows - yes, they still look like they don't belong on the car. A tad
The new Esteem's Baleno-like grill is a definite
improvement and makes it look a little more butch. The clear lens
headlamps look good, the bonnet seems to have been worked on and
improved a bit and rear gets a touch-up too.
The Esteem has always been a pretty reliable car and has
been around for 15 years (or more ?). Looks like Maruti intends to
extend its lifetime by a couple more years at the minimum. Combined with
the reputation of the car and the price-cut of approx. Rs 40,000/-
offered by Maruti, the new Esteem definitely is a good buy.