06 August, 2009

my first car - Black Beauty

...it is not Car
I was driving
but it is..
that drives me crazy...

My First CAR
It is not Car I was driving but it is The Car that drives me crazy..
Well Last month July,09  had been very hectic as well as very special for me and my family. It was the time of  I was celebrating happily my 2nd Anniversary of Marriage on 23rd July. The month passed eagerly waiting for our very New first Car to come home.

From past one year, I and my Hubby have been looking for the perfect car for us. We have been to almost all the showroom in the town looking to one and all models and brands of cars. Infact, my Hubby could get a PhD on cars, as he had been going through all the details and history on cars and brands ;)

Car recollects so many memories of life. I still remember when my father in early 80’s bought his first car, Fiat-Premier Padmini. More than a passion it was a complete pride to owe it. Most of the kilometers I have earned have been in traveling Fiat. It was a big car, accommodating many people at the same time.

That Emerald green Fiat Car with us attended most of the Marriage Ceremony of that time in my family. My father later got so much addicted to drive fiat that it was very difficult for him to change the car and switch to any new one. He didn’t mind if his colleges and friends by that time had already switched to their third car. Now, this is what I call a definite craze, passion and love for the first car.

Finally, after lots of push, he agreed to have his second car, TATA IndicaDLS. Indica is still intact in the current market and holding the strong position because of being small yet spacious diesel car, with great mileage chart and absolutely negligible maintenance.

For me both these cars are very special, as it was Fiat on which I tried my hand first to drive and learnt a basic and Indica is one which certified me as a learned in driving. "In family, my parents of their generation were the first one to posses the car. And this gives me an immense pride and pleasure to believe that to my generation, it’s again us who have got our car first in our family."

I have been a very loyal customer and have always trusted and adored the brand Fiat and TATA, so I had more inclination towards the cars offered by them.

As, this was going to be our first car and I thought to go with the trend, having a small car and we got plenty of choices to make like i10, i20 and Getz from Hyundai, Chevrolet’s first small car in India Aveo UVA, Skoda Fabia and Honda Jazz are also nice. Not to offend anybody choice but the small cars from the most popular brand in India, Maruti Suzuki’s cars like A-star, Ritz, Splash, and Swift were never in the race for us to choose. Many other brands were also supposed to launch new small cars but were not fixed. We (Hubby and ME) had almost decided the Indica Vista a new improved version of Indica became our first choice, infact was almost finalized it.

Just a day before the booking we saw in newspaper that Punto got launched. My Hubby just fell in love with the car. Apparently, one is not supposed to fall in love with a car until one drives and buys it. But He fell in love with the picture in the newspaper. My hubby with his friends went the same TATA showroom which is also collaborated with Fiat to see Punto. They saw the car, and simply fell in love with it.

I was also eager to see the world renowned and highly appreciated car. So in the weekend, we went together to see Punto, had a 15 minutes test-drive. The next I remember having twinkles in eyes and simply booked it!! It is as simple as that. Seems, like the wait for a year was completely worth. Fiat-Grande Punto Emotion in Hip Hop Black, was best and easy choice to make. It was exactly what we wanted and waited more. This small car features is no less than any other big car.

My Punto

We thought and expected the delivery of the car on our anniversary date but it took a week more and on 30th July afternoon, the dealer asked us for the pick up of the car. The time we were about to leave for pick up, it started raining heavily, so we decided to have it next day. We were so excited and eager to bring Grande Punto at home, next morning on 31st July, 2009. And what a pride, ride, leisure, pleasure and luxury it is to posses Punto.

Punto word if translated in Italian and Spanish languages means a point or hit.
The list of things that hit me crazy about Punto is as follows:
  • It’s our First Car. It is world-wide famous and comes from my favorite brand Fiat.
  • Though listed in small cars, it is very spacious and has stunning looks with world renowned performance.
  • It has automatic indicators and reminders for every simple and little thing, like it beeps and shows in written if seat belts not put or boot space is open. The doors get locked automatic after 100 meters drive.
  • This car also has the best Blaupunkt music system.
  • Many of the setting can be done through the manual buttons on the steering wheel.
  • This car has its strong alloy wheels and much thicker and bigger tubeless tyres.
  •  And most important it also has inbuilt Microsoft software in partnership with Fiat used inside the car known as Blue&Me. This system offers Bluetooth and USB connectivity to mobile phones and personal media players. It also provides a hands-free system, allowing you to control all features by voice commands. One can also their mobile phone.
  • Also this car has EcoDrive, a new service component which offers the ability to track driving efficiency. It collects data about CO2 emissions and fuel consumptions by saving them to a USB key, which can then be connected to a PC and analyzed.
  • It posses the most powerful engines have electronic stability program and anti slip regulation fitted. These egines are also environment friendly and Euro 4 ready. This  car is well equipped with safety system ABS(Anti-Lock Braking System), Power Steering and windows.
  • And most important, The Grande Punto was awarded with 5 stars in the EuroNCAP crash test for passenger protection and Euro NCAP 3 star certification for pedestrian safety.
  • And did you see this Punto Symbol written at the back of the car looks so cute and  P word is written in such a manner as if a man is sitting the car inside in the most comfortable position, holding the steering wheel.  

Happy Punto

I hope to every mile WE spend with this Punto, the Black Beauty multiples the Smile:)


  1. you could seriously make a career in car sales. The post is as much informative as it is tempting :)

  2. @ Lena;
    Hi Dear Lena;
    This is your first comment on my blog, and I'm glad that you liked the post.

    Lena, I'm big fan of your blog since long time and enjoy all the posts of your, which is very interesting and helpful.

    Keeping Rocking!

  3. I m a regular visitor to your blog n really appreciates your way of expression i.e. RACHI CREATIONS... Your blog on 'your first car' forced me to leave this comment.. there are two reasons for same..
    Firstly Your knowledge on the subject is enlightening... Secondly for the first time i saw this car.. i fell in love n followed it on my bike for approx 3kms on the heavy streets of south extn, delhi.... I also plan to buy same car in near future.. will definitly ask for reviews... KEEP GOING... celebrate firendship

  4. @ Jay
    Hi Jay;
    I feel totally humble to know that U not only liked this post,my blog, Rachi Creations but like Car (PUNTO)too!!

    Yep! the charm of this new car is so wonderful that one cannot resist. No wonder thats why you to followed it for so long despite of traffic.
    DO let know when u will have Punto in your home courtyard!

    Keep the Spark ALive!!
    Celebrate Friendship..

  5. Congrats on ur new car girl. Sorry cudn't blog for sometime. Nice pictures and informative for first time buyers.

  6. hi JUNI..

    gud one yaar..

    cant write much.. as i m nt that creative as u r..

    i always keep searching for words.. esp.. wen i need them most..

    u keep marching..


  7. Aw, I remember my first car!

  8. @Rachana

    What a wow experience driving in your first car.

    I still remember me driving Maruti 800 now called fronty I guess... I loved it...though my dad gave me after many years(license issue)..

    But my days learning it were full of adventure. My friends were at full risk teaching me. And friends who were excited to have ride were thrilled.

    Again in USA when I bought my car Toyota camry... best experience was driving the car back home. Superb. Explaining in words is an injustice to experience.

    But superb. You loved your post. And enjoyed reading it. Honestly I didn't knew about this car. I bet there are many cars after I left India in 2007.

    After 10 months or so how is your experience with the car? Keep me updated.

    Mitul Suthar

  9. HI


  10. @KARTHIK

    hi Karthik,
    Glad you like Punto...its is simple awesome car...we love it..recently we celebrated our Punto's first anniversary and we have just completed 10,000 Kms in joy every minute.

    Now as far as your question is concerned...
    We have Black n we love it...yet one cannot ignore the fact Black color needs lots of maintainance as the dust and dirt is easily visible. I believe being in Bangalore White color will also a bit of challenge like Black.

    Moreover remember, when we bought Punto not many colors were available so we went for Black. However now you have got many adorable colors.

    I personally will prefer the red-maroon or Sapphire-Blue color. Those looks simply stunning. I hope you got your answer..
    Wish you all the best!!

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