Kushan Mitra

Kushan Mitra

Ferdinand Piech, a man, a legend

Ferdinand Piech, a man, a legend

Friday, 13 September 2019 | Kushan Mitra

There have been a few other automotive engineers and executives who managed what Piech did in the modern era The automotive history has several notable figures, many of whom gave their names to eponymous brands — Ford, Honnda, Toyota (Toyoda, actually) and many others, including Ferdinand Porsche. The last was a...

The rise of SUVs

The rise of SUVs

Friday, 19 July 2019 | Kushan Mitra

Most of the major car launches in 2019 have been Sports Utility Vehicles. What explains the love for them? Over the past few months, there have been quite a few major vehicle launches by the Indian automotive industry despite the dramatic decline in sales. Some of these new car models have...

Do the numbers add up?

Do the numbers add up?

Friday, 12 July 2019 | Kushan Mitra

The Hyundai Kona Electric is the first long-range electric vehicle launched by a mass-market manufacturer in India. But does it make any sense? Hyundai has ambitious electric vehicle plans for India and the first step in that vision is the Hyundai Kona, a Creta-sized Sports Utility Vehicle. When you first glance...

Electric is the future

Electric is the future

Friday, 05 July 2019 | Kushan Mitra

Hyundai is launching the electric ‘Kona’ next week, Audi has its e-tron about to hit the market. But the electric future of vehicles is not as simple as launching a few cars and motorcycles. First things first, there is no doubt that vehicular transportation is staring down the barrel of electrification,...

BMW Motorrad brings in S1000RR Superbike

BMW Motorrad brings in S1000RR Superbike

Friday, 28 June 2019 | Kushan Mitra | Gurugram

Looks to dramatically increase sales in India this year BMW Motorrad, the two-wheeler division of the German automotive manufacturer on Thursday launched the latest version of the S1000RR Superbike in India with actor Shahid Kapoor rising in with the first motorcycle. The S1000RR features a 999cc four-cylinder inline engine with variable...

Automatics,  automatics everywhere

Automatics, automatics everywhere

Friday, 28 June 2019 | Kushan Mitra

Do you really care about the type of automatic transmission you drive? I recently found myself asking a peculiar question to some of my fellow motoring scribes, “Do you really care about the type of automatic that you drive?” Of course, they do, because they, like myself, are constantly bombarded...

Facing up to China

Facing up to China

Monday, 24 June 2019 | Kushan Mitra

A needless controversy over the Rafale deal stalled major defence acquisition and development projects. But India has to start building and buying new equipment for strategic depth India finds itself in a unique position compared to most other countries in the world. Unlike the United States (US), it does not have...

What would Sherlock Holmes say?

What would Sherlock Holmes say?

Friday, 21 June 2019 | Kushan Mitra

The road between Coimbatore up to the Nilgiri mountains that overlook the city has clearly been resurfaced recently. It has some amazing turns and switchbacks. Despite the suicidal two-wheeler riders that seem to populate all hill roads in India, traffic is relatively moderate and even though the road is slightly...

State Editions

Punjab launches three-day polio vaccination drive

16 September 2019 | PNS | Chandigarh

Punjab appeals farmers to shun stubble burning

16 September 2019 | PNS | Chandigarh

IN Brief

16 September 2019 | PNS | Chandigarh

Road safety is a concern, so is steep traffic fine

16 September 2019 | Nishu Mahajan | Chandigarh

Memories of Simla goes back to British India

16 September 2019 | PNS/Dr Gaurav Sanjay/Dr BKS Sanjay | Ranchi

Sunday Edition

The bare necessities Simple ideas that matter

15 September 2019 | Tim de Ridder | Agenda

Heal self For a better world

15 September 2019 | Sant Rajinder Singh | Agenda

Correct your self-image

15 September 2019 | Ajit Kumar Bishnoi | Agenda

Astroturf | Watch over your karma

15 September 2019 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Talktime | ‘I felt like an actor after doing LSD’

15 September 2019 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

Pickle me pink

15 September 2019 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer