Kushan Mitra

Another mid-size choice in Yaris

Friday, 20 Apr 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Toyota can actually change the game for buyers who want a clutchless driving experience. On the safety and comfort front, it can easily convert a lot of value-driven buyers in the low-to-mid versions of the segment. Towards higher trim levels, it might face a challenge The Yaris is a brand name...

India needs a hybrid solution

Monday, 16 Apr 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

Making bombastic statements is not the way to change vehicle and emissions policy. India needs sensible low emission policy that combines the best of technology with affordability After first threatening to bulldoze the Indian automotive industry to oblivion if they didn’t switch to electric vehicles, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister...

Living with the roof down

Friday, 13 Apr 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Audi’s A5 Cabriolet is incredibly good fun to drive around town but India isn’t quite a topless nation Audi’s new A5 is possibly the best-looking Audi that isn’t called the R8. As the rest of the Volkswagen group moves towards straight lines, the A5 is visible proof that Audi is moving...


Friday, 06 Apr 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

Ford India is about to drop the Ford Freestyle in India, a car they describe as a ‘Compact Utility Vehicle.’ Is there a market for such a car? We drive it around Jaipur to find out The world is moving to larger Sports Utility Vehicles, so rest assured the multiplying numbers...

The last of the three-holers

Monday, 02 Apr 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

The McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 is gradually being withdrawn from service, marking an end to the era of triple-engined planes I have a lot of aircraft models, and one of my favorites is that of a Lufthansa cargo MD-11. This three-engined aircraft with the third engine placed in the tail is a development...

A Verna-ful car

Friday, 23 Mar 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

After spending a month with this model, we’ve found a new-found regard for Hyundai sedans Several years ago when the Hyundai Accent first came to India, there was one in the family, and while the Accent was certainly a comfortable car and brought in a standard of comfort that Indian sedans...

The end of comfort in air travel

Monday, 19 Mar 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

Flying is becoming a chore and with airlines and aircraft companies filling in people like sardines, there is a need for some intervention Back in the day when flying was the privilege of a few, it was relatively comfortable. It was a time before intrusive security and very long queues to...

Taking it even higher

Monday, 19 Mar 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The facelift on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is not just about the ‘Triple-Torch’ headlights and the Bharat Stage-VI engine, but so much more You have made your money, possibly more than you will need in your life and you to have a vehicle that exudes confidence, class and character. So, you...

Ouch, the bill hurts!

Friday, 09 Mar 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The Jeep Compass was one of the most exciting vehicles launched last year, but its petrol automatic variant has a drinking problem The Jeep Compass was one the top vehicles of 2017 and it has finally given FiatChrysler Automobiles a hit on their hands, the ‘Made-In-India’ Jeep Compass is actually an...

Moving from A to B, in a hurry

Monday, 05 Mar 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

To turbocharge India’s economy, the Government has to encourage more people to fly and speed up work on high-speed rail projects Moving hundreds of thousands of people around reliably, quickly and safely is to ensure that the lifeblood of an economy keeps flowing. The problem, as we have often mentioned, is...


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