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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...

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...

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...

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...

Extremely easy to live with

Friday, 05 May 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The Suzuki Ignis AMT has surprised us on all fronts, not least with its surprisingly smooth transmission When Maruti-Suzuki launched the first car with an automated manual transmission (AMT) gearbox, it was the Celerio. On the test drive of the car in Jodhpur, the Celerio AMT felt a bit off, and...

Future perfect but pricey

Friday, 28 Apr 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The Accord set the standard for large sedans in India when it first came to the market. Can the latest one make a mark as well? In 2001, when Honda decided to bring in the Accord to India, it was a revolutionary car for the time in the country. Sixteen years...

Racing its way to the top

Friday, 21 Apr 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Volvo India does not want to be left behind in the performance stakes and with the S60 Polestar, they have a car that merges performance and practicality in a package that will leave some money in the bank after you buy it The Kari Motor Speedway is named after S. Karivardhan,...


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