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Thursday, 19 Oct 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The third-generation BMW X3 is a textbook case of a carmaker really not fiddling with a successful formula You have to give props where it is due, right. BMW invented the modern luxury SUV when they created the first X5. This was a car that could ostensibly go offroad but was...

Looks do matter

Friday, 06 Oct 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Audi has titled their latest trio of cars the ‘Brat Pack’; but the original ‘Brat Pack’ never did look so good In this week’s column, I’m driving the new Audi A5 and its sporty brother, the S5. These are the best-looking normal Audi sedans since the A7; and despite the second-generation...

More macho but needs a bigger punch

Friday, 29 Sep 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Maruti-Suzuki has given the S-Cross a makeover, giving it a much nicer visage. But the old 1.6 DDiS engine is sorely missed The S-Cross is one of those rare cars, a car considered to have been a failure for Maruti. This despite the fact that the S-Cross sold around 2000 units...

Baby in size, tops in everything

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Never judge a book by its cover, nor a car by its size. That is the lesson of the Audi Q2 Luxury car manufacturers are expanding the range of Sports Utility Vehicles they have on offer. Mostly catering to the American and Arab markets, they are offering bigger SUVs. Audi showcased...

Golf and lifestyle to be Audi’s sales drivers

Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Audi Quattro Cup in India at the Els Course in Dubai, Rahil Ansari, Brand Director, India for the German carmaker was looking forward to the carmaker reaching out to even more customers over the coming years through the sport of Golf. “The Audi Quattro Cup...

Can Mahindra-Ford v2.0 make it?

Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Some of us who have been writing about the automotive sector for a while remember the old days of the Mahindra-Ford combine. The legacy of that partnership is Ford’s first factory at Mahindra World City in Chennai and surprisingly Mahindra’s Scorpio. Several years ago, Anand Mahindra had told me in...

A desire for automatics

Friday, 15 Sep 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Driving the new Maruti-Suzuki Dzire with the AMT gearbox makes one wonder what it would take for automatics to become standard even on taxis If there is a product that defines its segment in India, it is the Dzire. Maruti was not the first manufacturer to enter the “compact” sedan category...

Limousine life

Friday, 08 Sep 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The extended wheelbase Mercedes-Benz E-Class is quite certainly not a car to drive despite being quite luxurious. So what do you do when you spend a few days with it? Life as a car reviewer certainly isn’t bad. You get to travel to nice places, get wined and dined and then...

Another generation of dependability

Friday, 01 Sep 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Hyundai’s latest iteration of its mid-size sedan Verna is the best to date in all respects. But is it better than the competition? Hyundai has been touting the hashtag #NextGenVerna fairly aggressively over the past few days to promote their latest offering on the market. However, far more effective than promoting...

The Compass points north for Jeep

Friday, 25 Aug 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The Jeep Compass has scared the competition and after driving it for a few days, we can understand why Let us get some things out of the way at the very start. If you want a Sports Utility Vehicle in the Rs 13-16 lakh range, the Hyundai Creta still remains the...


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