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Of come­backs and not try­ing hard enough

- Yo­gen­dra Pratap Ed­i­tor

The Nexon may be one of Tata’s best look­ing cars along with the Ti­ago, but even on the Nexon the in­con­sis­tency in qual­ity con­tin­ues. The Ti­ago that we had on test was plagued with prob­lems and the Nex­ons that I have driven seem to be so very dif­fer­ent from each other that one won­ders which one of them is a true rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the car. The new lot of Tata cars are all look­ing good but the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence varies, as does the fit and fin­ish. One part of the Tata

Mo­tors come­back bat­tle has been won but all the gains can eas­ily be lost if these as­pects of the car are not looked at. Ford on the other hand is also try­ing to make a come­back with the Ecos­port. Be­fore the ad­vent of the Vi­tara Brezza, Ford used to lord over the com­pact SUV seg­ment but has been strug­gling to find its feet lately de­spite sev­eral up­grades to the prod­uct. The lat­est one though seems to be lean­ing to­wards tidy­ing up the com­pany’s books rather than to pro­vide a su­pe­rior prod­uct, if one were to over­look the new SYNC 3 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. Hence the shift to a 3-cylin­der nat­u­rally as­pi­rated petrol en­gine from a four-cylin­der one as well as a shift back to a more con­ven­tional auto box from a dual clutch gearbox. At least the two, the Nexon and Ecos­port, cur­rently of­fer what the mar­ket leader does not still – the op­tion of a petrol en­gine. When they go head-to-head against each other in our cur­rent is­sue, they are bat­tling for the best-in-seg­ment but it was sur­pris­ing how close the two turned out to be to each other.

Also in this is­sue, we drive the new Pas­sat that has just been launched, as well as the new BMW X3 that will be launched in In­dia only next year, as well as the re­freshed Scorpio.

We re­turn to Delhi NCR on our Her­itage Drive with the Hyundai Creta this month and we at­tempt an­other pi­o­neer­ing ride, this time rid­ing the Honda Navi to Khardungla.

And the De­cem­ber is­sue of the mag­a­zine also has all the reg­u­lars, a ride of the new Honda Grazia as well as re­ports on the Tokyo Mo­tor Show as well as the EICMA mo­tor­cy­cle show in Mi­lan.

Ride safe with hel­mets for all riders and drive with all seat belts fas­tened and we will see you again in a month’s time.

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