First look at Hyundai Grand i10

The sheets are off and finally we know the Hyundai BA, is actually the Hyundai GRAND i10, the next generation version of the existing i10. The grand in CAPS is pun intended.

That does not quite mean that the car is a subject that puns are based on. On the contrary, it is quite competent.

Hyundai Grand: front

Hyundai Grand i10: front

You : Exaggeration?

Me : Why?

You : Coz you are a Hyundai owner?

Me : Blah. To the two of you who habitually read what i write (probably coz its saved as a bookmark by mistake) here is my riposte.

Me : The car has rear AC vents.

You would say. So what? Even the Tata Aria has it.

My response : Its a small car? Thats a big deal.

You would or should say : Big deal, I dont sit at the back and very rarely does anybody in a small car.

Me : Okie. It has internal memory on the audio system.

You : What does that mean?

Me : That you dont need a USB stick or a CD for your favourite songs to play on the car audio system.

You : I hardly spend any time in my car. How do I care?

Me : Really. The traffic jams are only getting longer and the time you are spending in your car could soon compete with the time you spend sleeping…..or in 5 years from now, sleeping with your boss.

You : Thats cheap. Just like the car you are propagating.

Me : Propagating? Really? Just because I said no to a Ta-Ta car 11 years back and there was no Swift in view. And cheap? This car will be Rs 5 lakh plus.

You : Wow. Then it must be good.

Me : There you go. Why did you not buy the Fabia then. Or the Xylo for that matter. Even Mahindras believed they were worth that much.


Okie. Enough of this tomfoolery. What is the car really about? It is between the i10 and the i20. And really looks the part. Imaginitaion in design is a dead duck folks. In reality it is a i10 replacement worldover that is being brandished as a GRAND i10 in India. Hence the Caps.

Hyundai Grand i10: front-top

Hyundai Grand i10: front-top

What about the interiors? Yes. It has rear AC vents. And they do blow cold air. So it is nice. And we expected that from Hyundai.

It also gets internal memory in the music system. You will still need a USB stick to get the songs in. But nevermind. Nice touch.

It gets rear parking sensors. Appreciate it. It is very handy even though its a small car. The roads arent getting any wider and the new kids and aunties on the block have no sense of dimension. Seriously. All puns intended. I dont know why the Japanese (Maruti, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Isuzu, had to take names, there are so many of them) dont get it.

Hyundai Grand i10: rear

Hyundai Grand i10: rear

Space. It has more than the Swift. And its a lot less claustrophobic . And despite the puny 1.1 litre diesel engine, it is not that bad. Enough to give that Swift a run for its money? Who said its Swift’s money?

Handling? Volkswagen or Skoda need not be bothered. Hyundai did not let me on the curves which means they may be under-confident. It still fared better than the bigger, dearer i20. Grand i20 should be a Ferrari killer then?

Why does Hyundai need to have a GRAND for, an i10 still seems capable? See the table. i10 has not touched 10,000 unit sales mark since March 2012. I No, its not the Eon thats killing it. Not the i20 either. The others. It has been beaten fair and square by a Santro-generation Wagon R. Hyundai has only finally woken up.

For the rest… price, specification, fuel economy, resale value (even before the car is launched), keep reading. The two of you.

Sales figures of Hyundai i10

Sales figures of Hyundai i10

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  • Abu Ahmed

    As you have put it: If you are determined to deny your past, then how can you feel bitter about it? I think therein lies Dev’s philosophy – and when there is no bitterness, there will be no hatred too – and that’s a wonderful life which lacks hatred.


  • Anonymous

    “But more on that later.”

    Don’t bother. Your writing is even worse than Ayn Rand.


  • Anonymous

    Maybe is not so much an obituary as an attempt to feel better by trashing someone who is not around to defend himself.

    Would have been better if you actually had facts to support your case, but then lack of facts have never bothered people like you.


  • Anonymous

    You are in the habit of writing “SHIT”. It’s time we call you, “SHUT”.


  • ashok

    Sharmila Tagore, convinced Dev Anand wore a wig, once tugged his hair hard on the sets and felt very sheepish when it stayed firmly on his head.


  • Anonymous

    What was the point of this article ?? I fail to understand. There is nothing to agree or disagree — but you wrote a piece about someone in the vain that simply isn’t suitable for the mood. I would’ve read this piece another time and wouldn’t have minded. I don’t have any reason to suspect your interactions with Dev saab and the contents you divulged. But, is this the time to write this?

    I stopped watching his movies after Johny Mera naam — I was more of a Dilip Kumar fan from that era. But I still admire Dev Anand for who he was, Alert, active, trying to reinvent himself and always trying keep pace with the time. His presence and ego never bothered anyone, because he was Dev saab. There is something so special about him. I didn’t like his acting but I liked his films; there must be something about him that even I didn’t understand has drawn me to his films.This is the charm of a man that masses followed in 50s, 60s and 70s; but he managed to keep that image fresh in our minds till his last breadth. Salute Dev Saab!!


  • Anonymous

    Dev Anand (1923-2011) WIP (from now on – Work in Peace)


  • Satish Chandra

    Indians as a rule are inferior Indian nig gers unfit to talk about strategic matters, especially if it involves the White Master in any way, which it always does. That is why in his ‘Mein Kampf’ Adolf Hitler said “As for India, I would rather see India under the British than under any one else”. It is not just that a handful of the British from half way around the world ruled India for centuries; a lot of other people from various countries did that for a thousand years before that. //

    A modern day Babar will start each day by killing a million Indians before breakfast every morning, though some think three million will be better (this number can be herded into fairly small extermination circles and then a neutron bomb exploded over them). //

    I am an Indian, but as far above the other Indians as they may be above cockroaches. //

    When I say the new Chief of Air Staff, N. A. K. Browne, is a CIA-RAW man, I mean he literally sits at CIA-supplied terminals to participate in crimes against India. More than a thousand Indian Air Force aircraft have crashed since 1970, the vast majority of the crashes caused by microwaves from U. S. satellites which can hack into and operate any digital equipment. In his first week in office as Chief of Air Staff, Browne caused two Indian Air Force fighter planes to crash with microwaves from satellites, to give a boost to his bid to buy worse than worthless foreign aircraft for several tens of billions of dollars of which he will get a hefty cut along with the Defence Minister and the Italian woman who gets the largest cut. When Kapil Sibal — who also sits at CIA-supplied terminals to commit crimes against India — says offensive material will be removed by the government, he means it will be done – and is being done by CIA & RAW to U.S., Indian & other media — using microwaves from U. S. satellites. See IndianAirForcePilotsMurderDOTblogspotDOTcom . //

    On November 20, 2009 I wrote (see my blog): “While RAW has always been a branch of the C.I.A., the Tamil traitor-enemy Chidambaram has made other Indian intelligence agencies branches of the United States intelligence agencies, bringing in U.S. equipment to India to enable comprehensive real-time monitoring and interception ability for the U.S. of all communications in India, a comprehensive and total censorship power to the United States of not only what gets into the Indian media of all kinds [for example, CIA-RAW can block, partially block, alter or remove communications -- not just comments -- to news media at will and in real time and does it all the time; it can and does also alter the content of web pages, for example, published news reports] but even communications between individuals, bringing India into a colonial grip of and slavery to the United States such as has never been seen in human history. None of this will be allowed, no nuclear deal in any form, no IAEA inspections of any kind of anything in India, no guards of honour, no state dinners, no representing India for C.I.A.-RAW operatives.” //

    November 17, 2011: Integrated Circuit chips made in the United States are required to provide for access to the United States National Security Agency so it can monitor and take control of their operations at will. Components and electronic equipment from the United States should be absolutely “haram”; far from lamenting ‘technology denial’, equipment from the United States should be rejected even if it is offered on a platter and free of charge as I have said. India’s bought-up Defence, Atomic Energy, Space and other officials deliberately close their eyes to this threat. This also applies to U. S.- made civilian aircraft, for example. There are two hundred thousand Indian engineers and scientists working in Research & Development for foreign companies in India but instead of putting its money in Research & Development ( in my letter dated January 5, 2004 to the press — see my blog — I had suggested one million Research & Development workers in India in government-sponsored projects), India’s CIA-RAW government buys foreign equipment in all fields to keep India poor, weak and enslaved. India’s government lends hundreds of billions of dollars to the U. S. government in exchange for worthless U. S. paper but seeks foreign investment and World Bank loans for projects in India, giving ownership and control of India to India’s enemies, despite the unlimited capital available to India by simply printing the money; see ‘How India’s Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year Or More’ in my blog; as is described there, the United States has been applying my proposal about money by stealth and now also openly but Manmohan Singh refuses to do so because this bug ger — a CIA appointee — does what serves the United States’, not India’s, interests. //

    I had asked the Indian Army to arrest the top one thousand or so officers of RAW. It has not done so. But, as I have said, India’s nuclear forces obey Satish Chandra. He does not need India’s conventional forces or the rest of the government and citizenry to defend India which requires the destruction of RAW which will be done by nuclear means, that is, the simultaneous nuclear destruction of New Delhi, Washington and New York, with a warning that additional U. S. cities will be destroyed, with nuclear warheads already emplaced in them by special forces, if there is any retaliation. //

    I am India’s expert in strategic defence, the father of India’s strategic program including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and the world’s greatest scientist (my biography can be found in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, 2011 and earlier editions); for more on the subject above see ‘What You Should Know About RAW’ in my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U. S.’ which can be found by a Yahoo/Google search with the title. //

    Satish Chandra


  • Guddoy Mike

    Kanchhedia. I totally agree with what you have written above. You have given a true and vivid description of Mr Dev Anand’s psyche almost. I have read his autobiography. He comes across as someone who is not at ease being an Indian, he would very much have preferred to be a British colonialist instead. Remember that he was proud that he could speak the English language without any accent. Dev was obviously quite conceited, and was without a doubt, in love with himself. He was so sure that he had thousands of female fans, and that they all loved him and adored him. Of course, he considered himself to be the Marlon Brando of India. I almost forgot to mention that most of his films flopped at the box-office, only a few were successful in that very long, never- ending career. What a guy.


  • Ram

    Youth Icon Dev Anand R.I.P


  • Reshma

    Hi Vir,

    I had always admired you for your ‘elite’ english touch to Indian journalism. & mostly when you bash people it appears in true light… but hey ‘the breasts are true stars of the movie’… what **** comment is that? Did you even watch the movie after the breasts scene were over? Its one of the most beautiful and sensitive movies I have seen in years… RK exactly knew what he was doing… if zeenat didnt wear those blouses no one would have wanted to watch a heroine with her face burned…. would this movie stayed in a cinema hall for a a week? Since no-one else cud have acted in those costumes it went to zeenat.. and it was her job so you should have shown some respect… besides her acting was great deal real in the last scenes… the story was amazing….
    Your comment looked so cheap and insulted both RK for his vision and zeenat aman for her proffession.


  • Ajay

    May their soul rest in peace.