Kushan Mitra

Kushan Mitra

Remembering Niki Lauda

Remembering Niki Lauda

Friday, 24 May 2019 | Kushan Mitra

The Austrian racer is best known for displaying his doggedness on and off the race track Austrian Formula 1 racing legend Andreas Niklaus Lauda passed away earlier this week. He was more than a legend. His comeback from his fiery accident at the old Nurburgring is one of the most...

Faster than ever. At 56!

Faster than ever. At 56!

Friday, 12 April 2019 | Kushan Mitra

The eighth-generation Porsche 911 has just been launched in India. We drive it around the Buddh International Circuit and speak with Porsche India’s Pavan Shetty on the German carmaker’s plans There are very, very few timeless cars. Thanks to advancements in engine technology, demands of luxury and the need for modern...

The MAX problem

The MAX problem

Monday, 08 April 2019 | Kushan Mitra

It appears that a software, designed to make a pilot’s life easier, may have caused the two crashes of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. What conclusion should we draw then? Sometimes it pays to look into history. The same is the case with aviation. In 1991, a United Airlines plane smashed into...

More than ordinary

More than ordinary

Friday, 05 April 2019 | Kushan Mitra

The mid-life refresh on the BMW 7-series does make it stand out from the crowd. But it also makes it a very good car Last week we found ourselves in the Algarve, a region on Portugal’s southern coast. It is one of the most beautiful places  in the world, with hills...

Citroën announces India plans

Citroën announces India plans

Thursday, 04 April 2019 | Kushan Mitra | Chennai

French carmaking conglomerate Groupe PSA on Wednesday announced that they will launch their Citroën brand in India with their first product, the C5 Aircross to be launched around the end of 2020. The French company has established a joint-venture with the CK Birla Group which will help them manufacture vehicles...

Doing without convenience

Doing without convenience

Friday, 29 March 2019 | Kushan Mitra

Automotive technology has come a long way in the past two decades but is there any modern convenience you could do without? The automobile has been around for a 125 years now, and ever since Bertha Benz, the pioneering wife of the car’s inventor Karl Benz demonstrated that a vehicle could...

Flying with a broken wing

Flying with a broken wing

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 | Kushan Mitra

The Jet Airways meltdown has been like a slow-motion car crash that has suddenly sped up. But what next for the airline and its founder Naresh Goyal? Many years ago when Air Deccan had just started its services, this columnist met GR Gopinath, founder of India’s first low-cost carrier, in...

A licence to speed

A licence to speed

Saturday, 09 March 2019 | Kushan Mitra

A spate of accidents in the recent past of very powerful vehicles makes you wonder whether there should be a separate driving licence for bigger cars A recent accident in Delhi involved a Bentley Bentayga being driven by a 19-year old youth which slammed into an auto-rickshaw killing one of the...

Sunday Edition

Globe Trotting

19 May 2019 | Agencies | Sunday Pioneer

Left, TMC urge EC to ensure free, fair polling

19 May 2019 | PNS | Sunday Pioneer

Didi’s nephew sends defemation notice to PM

19 May 2019 | Saugar Sengupta | Sunday Pioneer

MoD rejects Vice Admiral Bimal Verma's petition

19 May 2019 | PNS | Sunday Pioneer