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Linea T-Jet Launch at J W Marriot, Juhu, Mumbai

Discussion in 'Fiat India News' started by Grandeur, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    Re: Linea TJet Launch 8th Oct. 2010

    Nice set of pictures Amogh.

    Any specifics about your talk with fiat guys, which can be shared? Are they also worried about sales?
    I am sure they must be wishing T-Jet will be give some increase in sales figures.
  2. sharma_sanjeevin

    sharma_sanjeevin Regolare

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    Re: Linea TJet Launch 8th Oct. 2010

    Yesterday, took a brief Test Drive of the T-Jet at the Fortune Nerul Showroom. The Car looked Fabulous in the Sunbeam Beige Color.
    The 16 Inch Alloys are just superb, i was surprised to see that the 5th Tyre is not a Steel Wheel, it is an Alloy, Fantastic..!!

    The Interiors are now better finished and the Black portion of the Dashboard has now a Soft & Spongy feel to it, which is pleasing to the eyes. So the Bashers better shut their mouth :) on the interiors front. The Leather seats also look great.

    On the performance front, the difference can be felt right from the First Gear, FIAT has re-worked the Gear Ratios now the car feels more relaxed in every gear comapred to the earlier NA Variant. The Engine is Very Smooth at idle, we took off for a Test Drive & let the Tacho Needle get past the 2200 RPM Mark, there is a rush after that, the car transforms in terms of performance characteristics. Fantastic is the word that comes to my mind for the Performance, we took the car to 100 KMPH mark for a short stretch which it did quite comfortably.

    I wont say anything on the Legendary Ride Quality & Handling, enough has been said on that. It is just awesome, how the car gobbles up the Potholes and Bad Roads. After the Test Drive, we came back to the Showroom, my colleague who took the quotation & otherstuff, as he is going to book the car soon. We had a very good experience with the sales guys, they seem to be more focussed now. And above all we were offered "The Italian Coffee" :) and a gorgeuos female sales representative took the feedback for the TD on the Form.

    One Word, this car should have been launched with the Tjet engine, when it was introduced in January-2009, it could have turned the Tables round for FIAT. Purely My Opinion.

    After the Test Drive, we went straight to the Honda Showroom to check out the Honda City, it was a familiar Car that we are used to see, but i had never driven the ANHC, so it was a First TD of the Car for me. The Cars Engine is excellent, the performance is just fantastic. But the Tjet Ticks all the right Boxes now with the Honda City which it missed out in earlier version on the Performance front, now i feel they are at Par. But the torque of the T-Jet is Just Awesome :up

    I was shocked to see that the Honda City does not have an Engine Guard :shocked after paying more that 10L ATLEAST i expect that, are you listening Honda..!!

    Also the ride quality of the city was not great, it felt like it is hollow after sitting in the linea. The City's build quality is nowhere near the Linea. The only saving grace for the City was the Engine. Nothing Else, truly.

    Then off we went to the Volkswagen showroom to check out the Vento, i was disappointed to see the car in flesh, it looked like booted polo, they should have given the car its own identity, also the car didnt exude the class as far as the exteriors are concerned. It was plane jane IMO.
    The Interiors are very Good and fit & finish is fantastic. But there is no symmetry in the Color scheme of the Display, the Center Console was Purple Backlighting and the Display on the Meters & the MID is in Red. Why ? i dont know, just observation.

    Lets come to the Performance, the Petrol, as expected was OK. The real star was the Diesel, it was just mind blowing, the torque & NVH. Very good.

    So the Conclusion, If you are buying a Petrol Sedan, T-Jet is THE Car. Loaded upto the Brim & Fantastic Performance. If you want a Diesel Sedan, Vento It is, only if you are OK with the Wafer thin A.S.S Network & Unknown Cost of Ownership.

    My colleague finally decided to go for the T-Jet :)

    Apologies for such a long post ::D
  3. arian

    arian Amatore

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    Re: Linea TJet Launch 8th Oct. 2010

    My only grouse during the TD was the First Gear. The clutch still has that longish play that spoils the fun wee bit but once you are through with that nothing comes close to this in terms of the sheer pulling power. Just amazing.
  4. sharma_sanjeevin

    sharma_sanjeevin Regolare

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    Re: Linea TJet Launch 8th Oct. 2010

    May be i am contradicting here, but the Clutch was butter smooth and there was no longish play in it. I got that verified with our Forum Member "Fastlove" who is having the NA 1.4 Linea E+. He was there with us for the Test Drive. He instantly noted that the Clutch is tooo smooth & the play is also reduced in comparision to his Linea.
  5. arian

    arian Amatore

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    Re: Linea TJet Launch 8th Oct. 2010

    I m not saying its not reduced. Its much better than the one I have. But overall clutch gear combo especailly while engaging the Ist gear is something that they can still work on. But I really wouldnt bother considering the fact that this car will hardly need the Ist gear to be engaged except while starting from standstill. I was not comparing it to the older ones but just making a general observation (though my statement sounds so!)
  6. juanty

    juanty

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    Re: Linea TJet Launch 8th Oct. 2010

    @AMOGH- SORRY FOR STARTING NEW TOPIC DIDNT BOTHER TO LOOK AROUND
    CONGRATULATION TO ALL FOR TJET LAUNCH
    Good beginning ….. Challenge is to keep up the momentum & show the world what an ace we have in the form of the TJet.

    cheers!
  7. Andy

    Andy Esperto

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    Re: Linea TJet Launch 8th Oct. 2010

    got hands on the Tjet few hrs ago.. Its simply Superb....

    Wooh what a power..... It was fun driving the car... I drove the vehicle for a long 15kms or so...

    It was simply great..... I felt my MJD underpowered post driving the Tjet
  8. gautam84

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  9. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    Re: Linea TJet Launch 8th Oct. 2010

    Nice pictures.
    Did you get chance to drive it?
  10. amit

    amit Superiore

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    Fiat is off to a good start with the Linea T-Jet.

    I had registered online for a test drive of the T-Jet. On the launch day, I got a call from Fiat briefing me about the car and after a few 'get to know your customer' questions, I was told my request would be forwarded to my nearest dealer.

    The next day (Saturday) I got a call from the dealer briefing me about the car and asking me when I would like to take a test drive. Since I was busy over the weekend, I told them I needed some more time.

    On Tuesday, I got a follow up call from the dealer asking me if I would like a test drive today.

    Today (Wednesday) I got a follow up call from Fiat India, asking me if the dealer had contacted me AND followed up with me in case I had not yet taken the test drive.

    You are off to a very good start Fiat. Keep it up. Don't loose this motivation and momentum even if there is a dip in sales. Selling a car is a long haul process. It's like a test match. You got to keep the momentum going even in the slack overs.

    All the best to you and your dealers!

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