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The case for a super-sedan

Friday, 13 Jul 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Audi’s RS5 is a brilliant car on the track but would it make much sense on the road? The last few months have seen luxury car manufacturers drop some really exciting new car models. BMW brought the new M5, Mercedes brought in the AMG E63S and not to be left behind...

‘There has been a dramatic shift to petrol cars’

Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Rahil Ansari, Head of Audi India, was in Greater Noida recently to meet with customers ahead of the Audi Sportscar Experience. He took some time out to have a chat with Kushan Mitra. Excerpts: Are events like the Audi Sportscar Experience a good way to connect with your customers? Indeed, and not...

Utility, meet Sport

Friday, 06 Jul 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Let’s be honest, most Sports Utility Vehicles while utilitarian are hardly sporty. But then there is the BMW X4 M40d which redefines all that Sports Utility Vehicle or SUV, the guy who thought up the moniker, must be laughing because he was likely a sarcastic stand-up in the mould of George...

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Friday, 22 Jun 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The refresh of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a little more of everything making it better than the sum of its parts Driving the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class down the lovely roads of the Mosel Valley in western Germany, you get a sense that this car is ever so slightly improved over its...

Are we worse drivers than before?

Friday, 15 Jun 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

There are hundreds of technological aids in cars nowadays. But has that made us worse drivers than our forefathers? From April 1, 2019, all vehicles sold in India will have to pass offset frontal crash tests and will mandatorily have safety features such as front airbags — only driver and front...

The CVT craze

Friday, 08 Jun 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

As Indians increasingly move down the automatic route, some carmakers are preferring to incorporate CVT gearboxes. But what are Continuously Variable Transmissions and how are they different? A decade ago, there were few options if you wanted to buy a small automatic hatchback or small sedan. Maruti had a four-speed on...

An Amaze thing

Friday, 01 Jun 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Honda surprised everyone when they unveiled the second-generation Amaze at the Auto Expo earlier this year and added to that surprise by launching a diesel-powered CVT automatic. Is it any good though? This review is a bit late to the Honda Amaze party but I missed the initial media drive of...

End of the Indica

Friday, 25 May 2018 | Kushan Mitra | New Delhi | in Automobile

As Tata Motors stops production of the Indica, we should not forget that this car was a first in Indian automotive history. Launched at the 1998 Auto Expo, it has changed the way people thought of Indian manufacturing. An Indian manufacturer making a car, albeit designed in part by Italian design...

Cat among the pigeons

Friday, 25 May 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The Volvo XC40 if priced well can upset the Mercedes, BMW and Audi applecart in the small, luxury SUV segment Quick clarification at the start, I did not drive the new XC40 during its India press drive, ongoing in Hyderabad right now but did get a chance to drive the upcoming...

The luxury question

Friday, 18 May 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

At the end of the day, what is luxury in a car? A rash of small hatchbacks and sedans have been launched recently that claim that they are “luxurious” or “exude luxury.” The fact is that the term “luxury” has been grossly misused by brands and their marketers across the world...


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