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Smooth operator

Had it not been for Chikkaballapura, it’s unlikely that we’d have had a chance to really check the mettle of the new Honda Amaze CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic with the petrol engine. This town about 35km from Bangalore airport is also the headquarters of the district of the same name.
May 20, 2018 00:00 IST

High Roller

Rolls-Royce (RR) has almost made a virtue of being verbose. Last week it rolled out the Cullinan, what it described as “an authentic, three-box, high-bodied, all-terrain car”. Everyone else calls them SUVs. Named after one of the biggest diamonds in the world, it is squarely being aimed at successful, young buyers. 
Abhijit Mitra May 13, 2018 00:00 IST

Rent a luxe ride

You don’t have to be a millionaire to drive like one. You can live out your driving fantasies with high-end self-drive rental cars. Available are luxury vehicles that start from brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, whose least expensive models cost somewhere around Rs 30 lakh, and go up to the Rs 4-crore-plus Rolls-Royce Phantoms. If GT coupes and supercars are what you crave for, then you can get models like the Ford Mustang or the Lamborghini too. There’s a price to pay, of course, but not one that will break your bank. And all you need are a valid driving licence that’s a few years old and an identity proof.
Abhijit Mitra Apr 29, 2018 00:00 IST

Mercedes-Benz India is taking the tech lead

Mercedes-Benz India CEO Roland Folger talks to t2 about taking the technology lead in the auto industry by launching the Bharat Stage VI compliant S-Class and the way his company’s planning to go. Excerpts.
Abhijit Mitra Apr 25, 2018 00:00 IST

Blast from the past

Royal Enfield (RE), which has been cashing in on its ‘heritage’ chops to become the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment, has opened the first Royal Enfield Vintage store in Chennai. This store deals exclusively in pre-owned, refurbished and restored motorcycles, and is the first instance in India where a manufacturer is offering restoration services for its older models.
Abhijit Mitra Apr 01, 2018 00:00 IST

High GST may force Toyota to drop hybrid Camry from Indian market

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd, India's sixth largest carmaker by sales, may drop the hybrid version of its Camry as the 43  per cent  Goods & Services Tax (GST) on the category since July 2017 is killing it.
Anasuya Basu Mar 27, 2018 13:11 IST

A royal ride

Rolling down Hyderabad’s Outer Ring Road, we were checking out the array of buttons and controls around the driver’s seat in the just-launched Mercedes-Benz S350d. Diesels account for over 90 per cent of the S-Class’s sales in India. So that’s what we were trying out when we spotted two smallish, black buttons on the dash between the steering column and the door.
Mar 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Beat the heat

In a hot country like India, staying cool is a challenge for both man and car. And dust makes it even more difficult. Also, as the mercury soars, the air-conditioning in the car tends to give up if it hasn’t been properly serviced. Here’s what to do to make sure your car continues to run without a hitch.
Abhijit Mitra Mar 11, 2018 00:00 IST

Net-savvy ride

Suppose you’re watching a thriller movie when you get an alert on your mobile phone that someone’s ridden off with your motorbike. You don’t panic. Instead, you use the app that sent you the alert to remotely cut off the bike’s engine even without getting up. 
Feb 25, 2018 00:00 IST

Maruti Suzuki hosts flash mobs at Auto Expo 2018 to push use of seat belts

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country’s leading car maker, has unleashed flash mobs at the Auto Expo 2018 here to add punch to its #PehniKya? campaign for promoting the use of seat belts by all occupants in a car.
Feb 10, 2018 15:19 IST

Tata Motors preparing to go big with electric buses

Tata Motors Commercial head Girish Wagh is preparing to go big with electric buses. "The company has made bids with 11 State Transport Units, including those of Maharashtra , Karnataka, Gujarat and others through FAME Phase 1&2," said the  architect of Nano, who is now in charge of the Commercial Vehicles unit of Tata Motors.
Feb 08, 2018 12:45 IST

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