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Kushan Mitra

Does India need a low-emission policy?

Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

Nitin Gadkari recently announced that India would not need an electric vehicle policy for the time being. The automobile industry is seemingly ecstatic, but is this one step forward and two steps back? India has to move towards a zero-emission vehicular future within the next two decades. This is not just...

Pretty Pussycat

Friday, 16 Feb 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

If you want a luxury SUV that ticks all the boxes in terms of price, performance, practicality, comfort and will also get you noticed, you really can’t go wrong with the Jaguar F-Pace The Sports Utility Vehicle is an oxymoron. Few of them are very sporty but most of them are...

‚ÄėGrowth would be higher with a smarter tax policy‚Äô

Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Roland Folger, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz India is an ‘angry’ man because of the Government’s constant tweaking upwards of duties on luxury cars and he tells Kushan Mitra that 2017, despite strong sales for the German brand, was a ‘missed opportunity’. Excerpts: Last year when GST rates on luxury cars...

Infrastructure fix: Finding the will, funds to achieve it

Monday, 05 Feb 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

India requires to build infrastructure on a priority to both supercharge its economy and pull millions out of penury In the Union Budget Finance Minister Arun Jaitley doled out funds for some major infrastructure projects, mainly announcing a dramatic increase in Mumbai’s suburban train network and the development of a suburban...

Swedish brilliance

Friday, 19 Jan 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The new small Sports Utility Vehicle, the XC40, that Swedish manufacturer Volvo intends to bring to India soon is loaded with technology and will put up a strong challenge to bigger players Until now most new Volvos have been large, stately sedans and SUVs. The smallest car in their range was...

A sweeter spot

Friday, 12 Jan 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

How do you improve the perfect bowl of porridge? Well, Audi has somehow managed to make the Q5 even better and Goldilocks will be happier The Audi Q5, the first generation Q5 was almost like the perfect Sports Utility Vehicle, the perfect porridge for Goldilocks. It was neither too big or...

A time for technology

Friday, 05 Jan 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

There might be some really exciting innovations coming onto affordable cars in 2018 2017 was the year of the automatic in India as Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) vehicles gave Indian buyers an affordable and economical clutchless experience. In-Car infotainment systems progressed rapidly as well, but what will 2018 bring? More technology...

The new speedsters

Friday, 29 Dec 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

There are a lot of new cars coming up in 2018, and some of them are cruising in pretty soon There are a lot of exciting cars coming up in 2018, and some of the more exciting ones will be making it here around the Auto Expo that takes place in...

If Gujarat was a battle, the war has just begun

Monday, 25 Dec 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

Learnings from the narrow victory in their citadel will hopefully teach the BJP how to win the 2019 Lok Sabha election Modern wars are usually large, multi-theatre events with tens of smaller battles taking place across different fronts. A victory or defeat in one battle may not signify much and could...

A brilliant new take

Friday, 22 Dec 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Volvo’s mid-size Sports Utility Vehicle is not just an immensely comfortable cruiser but also one loaded up with some serious technology Swedish carmaker Volvo reinvented itself with the XC90 over a decade ago. A easy to use, functional yet rugged large Sports Utility Vehicle with comfortable interiors became a huge hit....


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