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Driving Experience Control switch and eDrive button allow driver to choose from five driving modes; range of up to 37 kms on electric power alone; combined range- up to 600 kms in Comfort mode S MURALIDHAR
Driving Experience Control switch and eDrive button allow driver to choose from five driving modes; range of up to 37 kms on electric power alone; combined range- up to 600 kms in Comfort mode S MURALIDHAR

Power and responsibility in one snazzy package

Polar bears can breathe easy now that the i8 is here. But is it the sportscar for you?
It wasn’t uncanny coincidence, but the scene seemed to be playing out exactly as it did in th... »

Harvesting agri waste – the Ford way

John J. Viera, Global Director- Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental
Matters, Ford Motor Company - BIJOY GHOSH
The company believes that alternative fuel is the future
Soy oil, rice and wheat straw, coconut husk, discarded plastic bottles and denim scrap… items... »

Fuel price hike will be acid test for Indonesia

Light vehicle sales will, however, weather the storm
Indonesia’s light vehicle industry has come of age and is poised to become Southeast Asia’s large... »

When a beast comes of age

New looks The major cosmetic changes on the FZ-S Version 2.0 include a
new head and tail-lamp design, a split seat and a new muffler. SABYASACHI BISWAS
Yamaha’s bestselling street bike gets a cosmetic and cardiac makeover. Is the FZS FI the best 150 to own?
Yamaha excels at creating an air of excitement around its products. It takes a very regular,... »

Is this the entry luxury car you’ve been waiting for?

Audi doesn’t skimp on features for the A3. Hope the price will be equally attractive.
Luxury car brands have seen a bit of a divergent trend amongst their cars on either end of th... »

Self-driving cars are no longer a pipedream

New dimension Using sensor technology, driver assistance systems can monitor the
area around the vehicle, giving the driver warnings and support. It was in October 2005 when Sebastian Thrun and his team from Stanford University in the US created an autonomous robot that traversed 175 miles through the Mojave Desert. Little did they know then... »

India ops to feed Honda’s African expansion

New direction Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Managing Officer, Honda Motor Company, with the recently launched
Mobilio PAUL NORONHA

 It is among the top two-wheeler brands in India which is now staging a remarkable revival in its car business.Honda Motor Company is clearly on a roll and its Managing Officer, Yoshiyuk... »

AUTO PAST

How did the galloping horse come to be?

When the Ford Motor Company was about to go into production with the first Mustang, the company believed that there was no other in North America that looked like theirs. The company, form the... »

Toyota readies new efficiency drive

New reign Naomi Ishii, MD, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, at the launch of the
Corolla Altis - GRN SOMASHEKAR

 It has been a little over six months since Naomi Ishii took charge of Toyota’s operations in India. During this time, he has been busy creating a new ecosystem encompassing the company as well... »

Bajaj gears up to create mindshare for Discover

Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto with the Discover 125cc DTS-i PAUL NORONHA

 When Rajiv Bajaj says he does not believe in the strategy of familiarity, he pretty much means it. This is why the Managing Director of Bajaj Auto insists the company will not enter the scoote... »

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

The scooter juggernaut rolls on

Will the extension of excise duty cuts help?

‘The best solutions can come from sharing’

Revving up a fiery Indian

Indian auto industry – Ready to roll again

It has been a dream run, says Anil Dua

Building a strong runway for the future

Nissan surges ahead of ally Renault in Q1

Lesser imitation Scala, Renault's clone of the Nissan Sunny. S MURALIDHAR

 It is over 15 years since Renault played the knight in shining armour for a beleaguered Nissan.In 2008, the two set up their first global manufacturing alliance with the honour going to... »

Honda introduces refreshed colour schemes for CB Shine

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd (HMSI) has introduced a style upgrade for CB Shine, their bestselling 125cc motorcycle. The CB Shine will npw be available in two new colours... »

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

It’s been a fair wait, but the monsoon finally does seem to be trickling its way into the subcontinent with a few heavy showers along the way. As important a part of our lives as the monsoon is... »

Tata needs two-hub strategy in ASEAN

Tough times Tata’s Xenon XT pickup faces stiff competition from
Japanese brands in Thailand. PAUL NORONHA Tata Motors has not had a successful innings in Southeast Asia. Choosing Thailand as its entry point, the automaker entered the region with the Xenon pickup truck in 2008. On face value, it was a... »

Tasty Zest has the potential to stir up buyer appetite

Tata’s new Zest sedan Tata Motors' fight back in the passenger car market has been delayed and fraught with risks, including some that were caused by unforeseen internal incidents such as the ex-Managing Director Karl S... »  

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

‘OK Google, start navigation to office’

Buckle up!

Facelift at a bargain

People behind the brand

Mercedes India sets the benchmark

Lifeline for small Indian suppliers

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