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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...

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....

my fave picks of 2017

Friday, 15 Dec 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Best Small/Entry-Level Car This essentially comes down between two products from Maruti-Suzuki, the third-generation Dzire and the new Ignis. Now, make no mistake, I really like the new Dzire and it will be a huge best-seller, no other compact sedan has been so successful among both private and commercial buyers, yet...

Dr Jekyll meets Mr Hyde

Friday, 08 Dec 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The new BMW M5 is a truly schizophrenic car. In a nice way. After all, with 600 horsepower, who wouldn’t be crazy? Muhammad Ali once famously said that he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Unfortunately, on a cold morning around the Estoril racetrack, outside Lisbon, Portugal, I...

Looks aren't everything

Friday, 24 Nov 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

They say it is what is inside that matters. And when it comes to cars, that is what really matters Cars in the ‘press fleet’ of an automobile manufacturer tend to be driven very hard indeed, and while I'm not going to name and shame some in the industry, very often...

A refined cruiser

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Volkswagen is about to launch the new Volkswagen Passat onto Indian shores. We take a long highway drive with the car Firstly, apologies for the delay in this column. There is a joke in the Automotive media that every car that Volkswagen, indeed the entire Volkswagen Group (in India with Audi,...

Sometimes speed is all you need

Friday, 10 Nov 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The Skoda Octavia vRS is the most fun you can possibly have with a car under Rs 50 lakh, let alone Rs 30 lakh You might think that the life of an auto writer is pretty awesome right? Driving fancy cars and travelling to exotic places. Well, it is pretty awesome...


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