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ZIppy CAr..ZICA..A TATA ZICA

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Tata Motors #madeofgreat took us to Goa to unveil its new compact car, code named ‘Kite’ till its launch. The car which zips fast or the Zippy Car, hence the name Zica.Tata Zica.

It all started when I saw a request form put up on Indiblogger and applied for it along with the others from the Indian Blog fraternity. I had absolutely no hopes of being selected, so was pleasantly surprised when I got a mail stating that I was one of the 60 bloggers chosen amongst (God knows how many) the many who had applied. We immediately set up a Chat group and most of the 60 connected with each other to plan out some fun along with the work while in Goa. Tata Motors had hosted the entire Event and Wizcraft handled the Travel and stay arrangements pretty well. We were flown down to Goa in the afternoon hours of 5th December 2015 and checked in the plush Alila Diwa (Alila means Surprise in Sanskrit) at the Gonsua Beach in Majorda just 20 minutes from the Goa Dabolim International Airport. We headed straight for Lunch after which we checked into our rooms to change and catch up some activities at the beach. The Tata Motors team have a great sense and taste for the best and Alila Diwa ensured that it lived up to its stature of a 5-star resort.

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We had some great football at the beach and all of us were eased out at the new place. We came back to our respective rooms, changed again and went over for the official launch of the Tata ZICA the entry level hatchback to be launched in the month of January 2016. We were greeted in the lawns by the Indiblogger Team where we planned out 20 teams (10 each to Test Drive the Petrol and Diesel versions) Our team leader and fellow blogger Anita was generous enough to select me and Pooja as her teammates. After some hot Tea and snacks, we were taken to the “Footballers Locker / Dressing Room”. This room was specially made by Tata Motors for us bloggers, which was vibrant with lights and the music. I was surprised to see that there were 60 sets of Tata motors/Messi Jerseys put up individually for all of us with some goodies stacked up alongside. While we were checking the Locker room, it was announced that our ‘head coach’ would arrive soon and we sat down on the locker room benches. The room went berserk with the entry of our ‘Head Coach’ Cyrus Sahukar. All of us have a funny bone, but this gentleman is made up of many funny bones. The music and his adrenaline pumping talks, charged up every single person in the room and he eventually introduced us one by one to the people behind the making of Tata ZICA starting with Delna Avari – Head of Marketing & Services and Director of Concorde Motors. Delna, who has won over 35+ awards for excellence in various marketing and digital verticals knows that Tata Zica has a lot of potential in the Indian Market.  Next was the favorite of all, popularly known as Pablo in the Industry Pratap Bose- Design Head tata Motors, who has designed many cars of Tata Motors. After successfully giving the BOLT and the ZEST to the nation, Pablo’s eyes gleamed like a proud mother when he described the making of Tata ZICA. We could see his passion for designing a car to make it a ZICA. Once the making was explained we were given a brief on the Technical aspects by Anand Kulkarni – General Manager Vehicle Integration-Cars. He explained the whole car without getting too technical but at the same time educating us on the latest technology used and the features put in the Car. Once the brief was over, an adjoining make-shift wall of the locker room gave way to a gate which was thrown open to reveal the TATA ZICA. All of us were taken inside the launch rook where all the technical experts were present to answer our queries related to the car. Though the pricing and the average was not disclosed (at the pre-launch stage, no official statement would come), we were asked to guess the same next day.

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After we had clicked some pics with the car and the car, we moved on to the buffet and Party area. The evening was complete with some beautiful songs sung by my favorite BlogewatiG, the sweetest Maitreni Mishra and the versatile Rahul Prabhakar, not to mention our good old host and dost, our head coach ‘Cyrus Sahukar’ too sang some beautiful songs. We retired to our rooms early so as to get up early morning and set off on the much awaited Tata Zica ride.

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We woke up early the next morning and assembled for breakfast at 7am. By 8 am we were ready with our team members to start the journey, sporting our new Jersey’s. Teams P1 to P5 and D1 to D5 left first, followed by Teams P6 to P10 and D6 to D10. We returned back by about 12.30pm and straight away headed to the Lunch area. We had a good time driving the Petrol version of the Tata Zica and also completed some challenges thrown in on Twitter by the people following the drive. I was not driving the car so the onus was on me to check the challenges coming in the Whatsapp group and complete them along with Tweeting the same using the best of the mobile signal conditions of Goa. Out of the 29, We did about 27 challenges which I feel is a good score. Since we had checked out of our rooms in the morning itself, we did not have much trouble packing our stuff and batch by batch we were dropped at the Airport. We took an evening flight back to Mumbai and were home dropped by the event organizers. Overall a hectic yet a fun filled #fantastico weekend with the #madeofgreat Team Tata Motors and IB. I would definitely want to do more reviews in the future and would love to be part of such events. Having said that, let us now come to the features, specifications and the review of the Petrol version of the Tata Zica which I was with. It is a sincere effort by me to do an honest review of the car. Please do let me know your views in the comments section below.

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Product Note:

Designext –1)The most popular one where Global design inputs from the studios of Pune, UK and Italy have contributed with equal zeal.

2) A boot space of 240 Litres and 22 utility spaces with a separate partition for the tool kit and the shopping bag hooks with weight markings.

Drivenext – 1) The new 1.2L Petrol Engine, indigenously developed in-house, promises to deliver a refined performance.

2) First-in-segment Multi drive modes – City and Eco- delivering both fuel economy and a peppy drive experience.

Connectnext – 1) An intelligent 8 speaker Next-Gen Connectnext Infotainment system, exclusively developed by Harman for the best audio experience.

2) First-in-class Smart phone enabled Turn-by-turn navigation app.

3) First-in-segment Juke car app.

3) User configurable vehicle settings provide a personal touch.

Here are some of the key features and Specifications of the ZICA Petrol model.

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 Review:

The Petrol version of Tata Zica seems to beat its competitors and counterparts (i10 and Celerio) both in the working and the cost. Lets first look at the design and the working. A lot of attention has been given to make the exteriors of the car using some of the valuable metals like Platinum, Palladium and Rubindium. Even the door handle has been given an arrow shape to make it more attractive. The color is what appealed to me the most and looks fresh and attractive to all age groups. The headlamps have a chrome element running through it with layering which is new in the market. The creases which run through the length of the car make it appear modern and classy. The 14 inch alloy wheels give the perfect stability and balance needed. Overall the car gives the first impression of a Zipping car with a sports touch.

Coming inside the Car, the Pro’s are that I found the dashboard very interesting with some of the color from the outside elegantly being brought inside. That adds to the freshness of the cabin and the smaller steering wheel again reminds of the sporty touch the car has been given. The gear ratios work in tandem with the 1.2 litre second generation Revotron all-aluminium engine. The7 bottle holders and the 2 cup holders appealed to me as it ensures the availability of water everywhere in the cabin  (a total of 5 liters). A special Tablet space is provided on the dashboard to keep your ipad or tab. The Drivers and navigators seat are bucketed down in order to create space for a taller person to sit comfortably and I feel even a 6 foot something may easily be able to manage the car. The AC vents have been designed especially to throw air evenly across the cabin and that happens. The Juke app and the Navigation app are features which the younger generation would love to use regularly. The Zippy car can be maneuvered and we tried some sharp turns just to check that. The balance is amazing, I must say. As far as the cons are concerned, the rear seats which make you very comfortable with the low seating, but at the same time one has to make an effort to move ahead a bit to see what is happening at the front end or outside the car from there.

I would love to look at the AMT variant when its launched and I am sure it will be equally interesting.

Tata Zica will beat its counterparts on Price definitely. (I peg the Top end petrol version at 4.50 Lakhs to 5.50Lakhs ex-showroom)

Tata Zica will beat its counterparts on Fuel efficiency definitely. (The tech team kept telling us that) I feel the petrol version would give anything above 12km per litre and not less.

Tata Zica will be liked by most of the age groups. Ag group 20-35 who would love its speed and modern features, followed by the age group 36-50 who would love the comfort of the car and the age group 50+ would love to see their children drive this car and take them around the city and beyond.

Overall a ZIppy CAr..A ZICA…A TATA ZICA.

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A Small jig by my team-mates which went viral in the Blogosphere. ZICA Rocks!!

A Big Thank you to all my other Blogger friends Zainab Attari, Vaisakhi Mishra, Sid Balachandran, Dr. Roshan R, Ankit ChughShifa Merchant, Shilpa Garg, Shivani Garg, Yogita Aggarwal, Upendra Swami, Anand BhateRagini Puri, Pawan Soni, Arvind Passey, Avantika Chitlangia, Ajay Kontham, Anindya Sundar Basu, Ankita Bhatia and Ankita Singhal who made Goa memorable..

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46 Comments

  1. Polomi

    December 12, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    lovely…awesome fun it must have been….

    Reply

    • admin

      December 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Ye Polomi.. 🙂 It was.

      Reply

  2. Maitreni Mishra

    December 12, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Glad to see you enjoy every bit of the event to the core. Thanks a bunch for that *sweetest* tittle ^_^ You were a true gem! Well laid article! 🙂

    Reply

    • admin

      December 12, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you Matts.. 🙂

      Reply

  3. Kiran

    December 12, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Looks like you all had great fun.

    Reply

    • admin

      December 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Yes Kiran.. Work actually acted like a stress buster there. 🙂

      Reply

  4. Sid

    December 12, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    A very comprehensive review, UK. Felt like I was reliving the entire event. Of course, it goes without seeing that it’s great to see the food pics there too 😉 After all, there wouldn’;t be fashionablefoodz without food right!
    Look forward to meeting you again soon!

    Reply

    • admin

      December 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you Sid. Me too eagerly waiting to catch up again.. 🙂

      Reply

  5. Ankita Singhal

    December 12, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Wow, thanks for refreshing the memories UK. what a fantastico write up, the images look yummy, you captured the essence of weekend really well in this post. Zica is a car worth checking out. And thanks for mentioning me as well, truly humbled.
    Ciao

    Reply

    • admin

      December 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks for dropping by Ankita. Lets hope we all catch up soon again.. 🙂

      Reply

  6. ak

    December 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    A very detailed post, from the start to the end and not to mention the photos ( food photos I mean 😛 ).
    Nicely written. 🙂

    And yeah, thanks for the mention. 😀

    Reply

    • admin

      December 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you AK.. 😀
      Now I can boast to all that you spoke here too.. :p

      Reply

  7. Upendra Swami

    December 12, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Nice post Uttpal. It was also lovely to have you as a room partner at Alila Diwa, although we had very less time to interact owing to tight schedule.

    Reply

    • admin

      December 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Yes, The feelings are mutual. I would love to know more about the new venture of yours next time we meet and would love to spend more time with you. 🙂

      Reply

  8. Upendra Swami

    December 12, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    …and above all, how could have I forgotten to mention, your dish… delicious… it was indeed one of the highlights of the event for all of us bloggers there.

    Reply

    • admin

      December 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you Upendra. I would love to see the pics you clicked. I am sure they must be a treat to watch. 🙂

      Reply

  9. Gauri

    December 12, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Nice pictures! The 2 day event looked like fun 🙂 Lucky one to have been selected for the trip.

    Reply

    • admin

      December 13, 2015 at 12:44 am

      Yes Gauri, Lucky to be selected and lucky to meet so many Blogger friends.. 🙂

      Reply

  10. Naren Subramanian

    December 13, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Whats the best you loved about the car?

    Reply

    • admin

      December 13, 2015 at 9:27 am

      The Leg space…ample in the front as well as back..:)

      Reply

  11. SUNITA SRIRAM

    December 13, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I am going scarlet with envy UK at your lovely Goa jaunt and the icing on the cake had to be without doubt the Zica!!!
    The pictures tell a thousand words in addition to your wonderful commentary …enjoyed the Goan odyssey!!!

    Reply

    • admin

      December 13, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Sunita, I missed you for this Event. I am sure we would have enjoyed the trip more had you come too.. 🙂

      Reply

  12. Vaisakhi Mishra

    December 13, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    And with the end of this post I realized yet again that the weekend is done 🙁
    Hope we all meet soon again!
    Nice post btw!

    Reply

    • admin

      December 13, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks V M. Looking forward to meet up sooooon.. 🙂

      Reply

  13. Ananth

    December 14, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Hey, really fun post Very insightful and refreshing. Loved the way the sliders show the pics.

    Had a nice time and it was really a fun drive.

    Excellent post. Thanks for sharing

    Be Well

    Ananth V

    Reply

    • admin

      December 14, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks Ananth.. 🙂

      Reply

  14. […] sober. Their hard work is evident always and they are truly #fantastico 😀 A special mention to Uttpal AKA UK who was always around making sure I am okay, just like my father […]

    Reply

    • admin

      December 14, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      Thanks for the mention Zainu.. 🙂 stay blessed..

      Reply

  15. Anita

    December 14, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    It was wonderful to team up with you and Pooja. What fun!
    Great to zip zap zoom in the zippy car 🙂
    Nice professional review, UK! Great pics.

    Reply

    • admin

      December 14, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      Thanks Anita. You were an equally good captain… 🙂

      Reply

  16. Ravish Mani

    December 15, 2015 at 10:02 am

    A delightful read. Liked the description of event as well as review.

    Reply

    • admin

      December 16, 2015 at 1:14 am

      Thank you Ravish.. 🙂

      Reply

  17. Parul

    December 15, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Great review and I have been reading other reviews and checking out pictures on social media. Apart from getting to experience a yet to launch car, I am sure you all have a great time together!

    Reply

    • admin

      December 16, 2015 at 1:15 am

      Yes Parul, we had a great time knowing each other and I made some friends outside this Drive too..:)

      Reply

  18. anks

    December 15, 2015 at 11:01 am

    How did I miss reading this???? UK, thank you for being one of the most active members in the group…. you are like the glue that holds the grp together even now… And thank you also for the yum kothimbir wadi… am still miffed I did not ask you for seconds 🙁 The weekend was fun indeed because of all of us together and I hope it continues this way…

    Reply

    • admin

      December 16, 2015 at 1:17 am

      Thank you for saying that Anks. Yes, I am sure our bond of friendship will last for all the coming years. You like always remain our Admin.. 🙂

      Reply

  19. Gowtham

    December 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Seems like you had an amazing time there in Goa. I missed it. Tata Zica is looking sportingly stylish. Great review and super fun reading your post with the snaps. Thumbs up UK!

    Reply

    • admin

      December 16, 2015 at 1:18 am

      I am glad you liked it Gowtham. Thanks for dropping by. Indeed its a good car and yes, we missed you in Goa.

      Reply

  20. Shilpa Garg

    December 15, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I have been reading your witty and fun comments on the IB forums and then in the whatsapp chat group. You have sucha great sense of humour, UK. It was good to connect with you at Goa. And you have covered the entire event pretty comprehensively in this post! 🙂

    Reply

    • admin

      December 16, 2015 at 1:19 am

      Thank you Shilpa. I am happy to see a smile on your face with those witty ones. I would definitely want to meet you soon and spend more time with our entire group.. 🙂

      Reply

  21. Shrinidhi Hande

    December 16, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Good work reporting the event and detailing the car

    Reply

    • admin

      December 17, 2015 at 12:52 am

      Thanks Shrinidhi.. 🙂

      Reply

  22. Rahul Prabhakar

    December 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for the mention, UK.

    Here is my post on ZICA: http://2brahulprabhakar.blogspot.in/2015/12/tata-motors-hits-purple-patch-with-zica.html

    Best,

    Rahul Prabhakar

    Reply

    • admin

      December 27, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Hey Prabhakar, I will go through this one.. 🙂

      Reply

  23. Savita

    January 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Nice Post!!

    Reply

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