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Hey, you’re just too funky for me

Friday, 20 Jan 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

It appears Maruti has finally figured out how to make a car stand out in a mass of small cars The next line of this famous George Michael song goes, I gotta get inside you. And while I’m pretty sure that the singing Greek, as he referred to himself did...

Galloping down the coast

Friday, 13 Jan 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The Ford Mustang GT is a great highway cruiser, well, more of a battle cruiser really, but it can move around cities fairly comfortably as well Ford took their own sweet time to launch a Mustang in a right-hand drive version. A really long time. Fifty-two years and six generations....

Excitement on and off the track coming up in 2017

Friday, 06 Jan 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

With the last year having ups and downs in motorsports, the dramatic sport has more to enthuse the riders Last year was a very dramatic one in motorsport; we had a new Formula 1 Champion in Nico Rosberg after a controversial season inside the Mercedes-AMG F1 team with garage swaps and...

Robot invasion of roads

Sunday, 01 Jan 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

2017 is likely to be the year when autonomous vehicles stop being one-off trials and become more mainstream. It will also see the dramatic rise in telematics as data will change the way we drive A few months ago, your writer travelled to Ford’s global headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, to attend...

Lots of excitement on the way for Indian roads in 2017

Friday, 30 Dec 2016 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Both BMW and Mercedes change their torch-bearer luxury sedans, Audi updates their SUV range; Maruti gives its a best seller a makeover and Tata continues its revival. And a few surprises from Jeep, Ford and Volkswagen as well As with all odd-numbered years of late, there will be no major auto...

Fast, fun and under a crore

Friday, 16 Dec 2016 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Mercedes-Benz India continues to believe in performance brand AMG with their latest launch, which is an AMG on a gluten-free diet All the German luxury brands have performance divisions; you have BMW’s famed “M” works and the Audi “RS” badge. Cars that come with the performance package, and not just the...

A broken dream that refuses to die

Sunday, 11 Dec 2016 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

In the two years since the Nano was first shown to the world, internet penetration had grown manifold in India. The images of these cars on fire spread like wildfire, thereby reducing the already poor sales, KUSHAN MITRA writes in the concluding part of the series The engineering compromises of the...

2016, lots of nice new cars but what does the future hold?

Friday, 09 Dec 2016 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The ‘Car of the Year’ season is upon us, and every carmaker is vying for the top prize. But this year has been a surprisingly dull one when it comes to new cars. Instead it has been a year where new technologies in ‘mobility’ have made the headlines What was the...

A difficult birth and a tough life ahead

Sunday, 04 Dec 2016 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

While Ratan Tata’s aim was to bring people off motorcycles and into cars, even at its most basic Rs 1 lakh price-point, the Nano was three times more expensive than a Hero Honda Splendor, the best-selling 100cc motorcycle in India, writes KUSHAN MITRA A month after the launch of the Nano...

Removing the stick

Friday, 02 Dec 2016 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Automatic transmission cars are becoming more popular in India. We use the Hyundai Creta SX Automatic for a month and figure out why that is the case India was a unique car market for years; we learnt to drive in a car with gears. Those of us who drove cars back...

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