Kushan Mitra

A pleasant surprise from Honda

Friday, 23 Jun 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The ‘small’ SUV category is booming and the Honda WRV is the latest entrant in the segment and it does surprise It has become difficult for someone who loves motorsport to feel kindly towards Honda right now. No matter if you are a Fernando Alonso fan or not, you have to...

A Volkswagen worth considering

Friday, 09 Jun 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The new and long-awaited Volkswagen Tiguan has a bit of sticker shock when it comes to price, but it is surprisingly capable Stories of the Volkswagen Tiguan coming to India have been doing the rounds in the Indian media for over five years, and Volkswagen as a brand has only been...

Turning the fortunes of Air India

Monday, 05 Jun 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

Air India is facing problems not due to one politician or one Government. Its woes have been compounded through years of political negligence. The problem, however, is not intractable. The Narendra Modi Government has the political capital to deal with it The term ‘Public Private Partnership’ or PPP is firmly a...

Sporty? Sure. But sensible? Hmm…

Friday, 02 Jun 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The Ford Figo S is an attempt by the American carmaker to give a ‘premium' model of their hatchback. But is it worth it? When Ford sent the Figo Sports over, one was reminded why they liked the second-generation Figo in the first place. This remains one of the better looking...

Coming together but not going anywhere

Monday, 29 May 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

The Modi Government may have performed below expectation in a few areas. But the opposition parties have largely lost credibility and cannot exploit the situation It has been three years since the most dramatic of general elections in recent memory, and definitely the most significant election for a majority of...

Quite a new desire!

Friday, 26 May 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The third-generation Dzire is actually quite a nice sedan and one you could easily consider buying When you speak to CV Raman, Maruti-Suzuki’s Executive Director, Engineering, you are speaking to a very satisfied gentleman. Raman, a long-time Maruti hand, has been the brains behind some of Maruti’s best-sellers. As the company’s...

A good starter

Friday, 19 May 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The Renault Kwid has been a surprising success on the sales front. We spend some time with the ‘Easy-R’ AMT version to see why All the vehicle models that regularly sell more than 10,000 units a month have either the stylised ‘S’ of Suzuki or the stylised ‘H’ of Hyundai on...

General Motors’ general failure

Friday, 19 May 2017 | Kushan Mitra | New Delhi | in Automobile

General Motors was one of the first foreign carmakers to enter India after the Government had eased entry conditions for manufacturers. Those were heady times for Indian automotive writers; as after a decade of unprecedented success, Maruti-Suzuki’s bastion was under attack. And General Motors, the world’s largest car manufacturer was...

When religion is made a reason to be atrocious

Monday, 15 May 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

Whether it is triple talaq or cow vigilantism, the use of religious sentiment to wreak havoc on victims through physical or psychological means cannot be condoned When one thinks of the triple talaq debate logically, there is no sense in the arguments that it is an established religious practice and is...

Small isn’t always a bad thing

Friday, 12 May 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

GST might finish the Compact Sedan tax break but the cars are getting better Once upon a time, when the Indian car market sold well under a million vehicles a year, there were several truisms for journalists who wrote about cars either in the motoring media or the business papers. One...


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