Kushan Mitra

Electrifying the future for mobility

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

Electric mobility is rapidly becoming a reality for urban centres across the world. Yet, it isn't a simple answer for India A couple of weeks ago, this writer drove a couple of new BMW cars in Portugal. At one end was the frenetic BMW M5, a car that produces 600 horsepower...

Dr Jekyll meets Mr Hyde

Friday, 08 Dec 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The new BMW M5 is a truly schizophrenic car. In a nice way. After all, with 600 horsepower, who wouldn’t be crazy? Muhammad Ali once famously said that he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Unfortunately, on a cold morning around the Estoril racetrack, outside Lisbon, Portugal, I...

Remembering the Queen of the skies

Monday, 27 Nov 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

Boeing 747 revolutionised air travel and now, as the distinctive ‘Jumbo Jet' is eased out of service worldwide by most airlines, let us remember one of the 20th century's greatest engineering achievements It is remarkable that two of the most significant achievements in modern jet aviation took place in the late-1960’s....

Looks aren't everything

Friday, 24 Nov 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

They say it is what is inside that matters. And when it comes to cars, that is what really matters Cars in the ‘press fleet’ of an automobile manufacturer tend to be driven very hard indeed, and while I'm not going to name and shame some in the industry, very often...

A refined cruiser

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Volkswagen is about to launch the new Volkswagen Passat onto Indian shores. We take a long highway drive with the car Firstly, apologies for the delay in this column. There is a joke in the Automotive media that every car that Volkswagen, indeed the entire Volkswagen Group (in India with Audi,...

Sometimes speed is all you need

Friday, 10 Nov 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The Skoda Octavia vRS is the most fun you can possibly have with a car under Rs 50 lakh, let alone Rs 30 lakh You might think that the life of an auto writer is pretty awesome right? Driving fancy cars and travelling to exotic places. Well, it is pretty awesome...

A century after the rising

Monday, 06 Nov 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

A century ago, Russia was convulsing in revolution; the rise of communism was the seminal political event of the 20th century. Its anniversary has been surprisingly tepid. But we should not forget the lessons of revolution The nickname I was given, like all Bengali boys are at birth was derived...

Return of the prodigal

Friday, 03 Nov 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Ford has given the EcoSport, the original compact SUV, a much-needed makeover. But the question is, is it too little, too late? You will be surprised how superstitious car companies are at times. Ford India, for example, decided to do the first drive of what they claim is an “all-new” EcoSport...

Grand Tourer for Europe

Friday, 27 Oct 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

BMW’s 6GT is a fantastic car. The problem is that India isn’t quite the country for it Last week, I wrote about the third-generation BMW X3 on its way to India. But that was not the only car I drove around Sintra, Portugal. On the long highways bypassing Lisbon and the...

2 wheels to drive BMW forward in India

Friday, 27 Oct 2017 | Kushan Mitra | Munich/Berlin | in Automobile

Everyone knows BMW for their cars and those cars are more popular than ever, thanks to growing sales in countries like India and China BMW sold over two million cars globally for the first time ever in 2016. Yet, a cursory look at the history of the Munich-based automaker shows...


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