Indian automative company, Tata Motors, is finally in the Philippines. In fact, they had a media launch last week at Megatent Libis where they showcased their 7 diesel-powered vehicles. (See related article here.) While I find all vehicles equally interesting and awesome, 2 cars caught my attention – Tata Manza Aura and Tata Indigo
Both passenger sedans use diesel as fuel, but are completely different in terms of specs, features and price. My personal preference is the Tata Manza because of its fuel efficiency, features and specs, but there are plenty of reasons why I’m not completely turning away from what Tata Indigo can offer.
Quadrejet Engine on Manza Aura
Priced at PhP725,000, Manza is a few hundred-bucks pricier than Indigo. For starters, Manza has a FIAT engine (QuadraJet small diesel engine by the Italian company), which basically tells something a lot about how good it is. Tata’s Vista Ignis and Suzuki’s Swift also have the same diesel engine. This is mainly one of the reasons why this car won my heart.
The engine boasts better maximum power at 88 BHP/4400 RPM compared to Indigo with 70 BHP/4500 RPM. Enough with too much nose-bleeding and hifalutin technicalities. This only means that the higher the BHP the car can do (relative to the RPM), the faster it is. It’s simply helluva fast diesel-powered car.
Value for Money Specs
Apart from its engine, Manza has lots of features up its metal sleeves. For those after safety, Manza has dual Airbags, Anti-Lock braking system and electronic brake-force distribution. The car also has nifty security specs like engine immobilizer, central locking and child safety lock, which by are among the most sought after features on a passenger car.
Go for Indigo?
While Indigo isn’t my preferred car, it’s still something worth checking out especially if you’re looking for something economical or something that can help you become “entrepreneurial”. Priced at PhP525,000, Indigo is highly positioned by Tata as a fleet vehicle. During the media event, Tata and R&E presented a swagged-out and “taxified” version of Indigo. Their message to me was simple – “Gian, we want you to start making money… by making Tata Indigo your first Taxi”.
In the end, I find this task of choosing (between the two cars) an offshoot of my excitement over Tata’s entry to the Philippines. Just like what Mr.Dave Coyukiat (Chairman of Taj Motors Philipines and CEO of Pioneer Insurance and Surety Corporation) said during the event, “If the cars of Tata can survive the harsh lands of India, then it can surely endure the traffic-stricken and bumpy roads of Manila.”
What can you say about this, guys? Are you excited about the entry of Tata Motors in our country? Now that more businesses are being created in the Philippines, do you think that Tata’s affordable cars can help boost the economy and help more Filipinos?
Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.