Nos­tal­gia

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I re­mem­ber the first time I saw a Swift. I liked it to so much, I wanted one. Back in 2005, hatch­backs weren't aplenty; we're all well aware of it. Hyundai's Getz did man­age to show up be­fore the Swift, but that was a dif­fer­ent car, in the same way the Swift was dif­fer­ent. The Swift's de­sign was young, lively and fresh, and the Es­teem's G13B en­gine was all it took to con­vince a rally en­thu­si­ast that Maruti's sporty new, lit­tle car would be it. The only other car that I liked a lot in my short-pant days, was the Zen – but that was long be­fore the Swift made its foray into our mar­ket. My feel­ings for the Swift re­main steady, af­ter hav­ing read your drive re­port. Even af­ter two full gen­er­a­tions, it is no dif­fer­ent with its third avatar. Given a chance, I'd col­lect all three cars, parked right next to each other for some nice pic­tures, only to have the lot up­loaded on In­sta­gram with hash­tags ga­lore. The Swift gives you a rea­son to do that, you see. How­ever, I'm go­ing to strike while the iron is hot. No pad­dleshifter­s be­ing of­fered is a bum­mer. The third-gen model could've be­gun a rev­o­lu­tion of flappy-pad­dles on small cars in In­dia, and it isn't all that hard imag­in­ing the lovely flat­bot­tomed steer­ing with them now, is it? Give it a thought, Maruti.

Re­han Cony­ers

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