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Tata’s new Zest sedan
Tata’s new Zest sedan

Tasty Zest has the potential to stir up buyer appetite

Tata Motors' fight back in the passenger car market has been delayed and fraught with risks, incl... »  

Time to take on the rains, again

Drive safe Braking distance increases over wet surfaces, so make sure the
tyres are in good condition and properly aligned SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA
How to keep your car moonsoon-ready
It’s been a fair wait, but the monsoon finally does seem to be trickling its way into the sub... »

Tata needs two-hub strategy in ASEAN

Tough times Tata’s Xenon XT pickup faces stiff competition from
Japanese brands in Thailand. PAUL NORONHA
Local assembly and greater focus on Indonesia could help change the game
Tata Motors has not had a successful innings in Southeast Asia. Choosing Thailand as its entry p... »

Toyota readies new efficiency drive

New reign Naomi Ishii, MD, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, at the launch of the
Corolla Altis - GRN SOMASHEKAR
MD Naomi Ishii focuses on enhancing operations across the system
 It has been a little over six months since Naomi Ishii took charge of Toyota’s operations in... »

Bajaj gears up to create mindshare for Discover

Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto with the Discover 125cc DTS-i PAUL NORONHA
Rajiv Bajaj believes the new 150cc bike has the potential to lift the Discover brand
 When Rajiv Bajaj says he does not believe in the strategy of familiarity, he pretty much mea... »

Mobilio now part of the joint family

Spacious interiors In spite of its compact looks, the Mobilio’s cabin feels very roomy, thanks to a lot of large glass surfaces. However, the interior trim shown here may not make it to the final model and a new ‘V’ trim may be offered instead. S MURALIDHAR Multi-purpose vehicles formed a fringe segment not so long ago amongst individual car buyers. Except for small pockets of popularlity, MPVs were basically looked upon as taxis.  Duri... »

Let's get the basics right!

Quality matters The Suzuki Let’s has an overall good fit and finish, although underseat storage is inadequate. SABYASACHI BISWAS The growing demand for a hassle-free commute option has reached a point where gearless scooters are outselling some of the more popular motorcycle models. Effectively, this means that the customer... »

How we can prevent deaths on our roads

Risky ride: Unruly drivers have contributed to road fatalities. K MURALI KUMAR It is a chilling set of statistics that hardly does India proud. In 2012, the country reported nearly 1.39 lakh road deaths and over a lakh injuries in accidents. Through a decade (2003-12) over a... »

Gearing up for new growth

With barely four months to go for the inaugural of its new plant in Chennai, Yamaha is getting ready for a crucial phase of its India growth plan.This is where its scooters will play a b... »

Mercedes-Benz India drives in with the new CLS 350

Mercedes-Benz India, on Thursday, launched the new version of the CLS 350 priced at ₹89.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The striking new CLS 350 features instrument cluster with three dimensional... »

Supercomputers in cars still miles away

Intel Qualcomm Inc. and Nvidia . - pioneers in the production of chips for computers and phones - are finding it harder to make inroads into the auto industry. Consider Hyundai’s new 2015 G... »

The scooter juggernaut rolls on

Bajaj Saffires at the Chakan plant. Scooters are finding new space in the two-wheeler segment . PAUL NORONHA

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India sold an average of 1.85 lakh scooter per month during April and May this year. It is quite likely that the two-lakh mark will be achieved this month given t... »

Will the extension of excise duty cuts help?

 The auto industry is naturally pleased that the Government has extended the excise duty cuts to December 31 this year. These were to be in force till June 30 and were first announced by the pr... »

‘The best solutions can come from sharing’

Tesla Motors Inc.'s Model S electric car Elon Musk literally set the cat among the pigeons a fortnight ago when he opened up a number of his company’s patents to the world. The CEO of the California-headquartered Tesla Motors sai... »

Revving up a fiery Indian

For hardcore motorcyclists, the Indian brand can generate a lot of emotions. With a mention of the brand, you remember the deep red paint scheme. You remember Burt Munro and Bonneville Salt Fla... »

Indian auto industry – Ready to roll again

It has been a dream run, says Anil Dua

Building a strong runway for the future

Mulally’s advice: Stay on the One Ford plan

Making your long-haul biking trips safer

Don’t discount Toyota in India yet

Tata designer inspired by memory lane

It is saner, but can still drive you crazy

Renault carves out a key role for India

Manufacturing hub The Renault Nissan Automotive factory in Oragadam near
Chennai produces 1,200 cars a day across two lines and five shifts. S. MURALIDHAR In February 2011, Carlos Ghosn, Chairman of Renault, unveiled a five-year vision statement called ‘Drive the Change’ which focused on critical growth levers for the future. These included electric... »

‘Sentiment has clearly improved now’

 From Mayank Pareek’s point of view, June was a particularly satisfying month. As Chief Operating Officer (Marketing & Sales) of Maruti Suzuki, it was clear to him that the 31 per cent grow... »

“The Zest will really speak for itself”

Tata Motors is poised to get back into the mass passenger car market with a string of strong products starting with the Zest compact sedan and then the Bolt hatch. Tim Leverton... »

Limited edition variants of Toyota Etios Sedan hit the road

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd, on Thursday, announced the launch of its all new “Etios Xclusive” Limited Edition. Only 900 units of the sedan will be on sale. It is priced between ₹5,98,140 (e... »

Autopast

Transformers – The cars that made the movies

In the entire Transformers movie universe, Bumblebee is probably one of the most loved Autobots. He’s not a walking arsenal like Ironhide, or as lethal as Optimus Prime. He’s not as swift as Sidesw... »

Business still prevails over politics in Thailand

The changing political landscape in Thailand has raised questions on its attractiveness as a safe haven for new investments and sustained business growth. Doubts have also been cast on the country’... »

‘OK Google, start navigation to office’

If you’ve used an Android smartphone with Google Now activated, you’d probably be familiar with Google’s card system. If you’re not, then it’s simply a service that Google offers, that gives you y... »

Buckle up!

Staying alive Having your seatbelts on at the time of a high-speed crash increases the chance of surviving an accident by about 45 per cent. Seatbelts save lives! Many countries have over the last many decades grappled with the need to effectively communicate this message to its population. Compliance has varied between countries and o... »

Facelift at a bargain

The Ford Fiesta was a much loved car in the Indian market, much like the Ikon was in its heyday. It had both petrol and diesel engine options on offer and had a certain approachability to its p... »

AUTO PAST

People behind the brand

Most brands go through a cathartic process of ‘symbolic’ rebirth every time there is reason to believe that their name, logo or motto needs to keep up with the changing times or to reflect a change... »

Mercedes India sets the benchmark

Lifeline for small Indian suppliers

Ready for the 80s Gen

Heading to the hills in the lap of luxury

Sunny gets the nip and tuck treatment

‘We should hold our own and fight it out’

Mahindra launches XUV500 Sportz

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