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Luxe leap

There’s a nice, twisty narrow road that climbs up the hillside in a series of hairpin bends to Nahargarh Fort, near Jaipur. As the day gets older, carloads of tourists and daytrippers descend on the fort. But till that happens, the stretch is almost empty. That’s how it was when we whipped the fifth-generation Honda CR-V sport ute around the bends earlier this week. The SUV will be launched in India in October. 
Text and pictures: Abhijit Mitra Sep 16, 2018 00:00 IST

Volkswagen to stop making iconic Beetle next summer

After selling it on and off in the US for nearly seven decades, Volkswagen has decided to squash its iconic Beetle.
Sep 14, 2018 14:03 IST

Cover drive

From September, private buyers of cars, SUVs, motorcycles, scooters or other two- and four-wheelers have to pay more for them. This is because from the beginning of this month the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA), the controlling body for all insurance in India, has ordered that at the time of purchasing a car or SUV the buyer will have to buy third-party insurance for three years up front. 
Sep 09, 2018 00:00 IST

BMW motorrad’s Asia chief Dimitris Raptis shares the bike maker’s plans for India with t2

Dimitris Raptis, head of region Asia, China, Pacific and South Africa of BMW Motorrad, who is in charge of the Indian market, chats with t2 about his plans for India and what he expects from the market. Excerpts.
Abhijit Mitra Sep 08, 2018 00:00 IST

Going hyper

Mahindra & Mahindra will be the first Indian company to build a car that will be right up there with top names like Ferrari and Lamborghini in the high-performance supercar club.
Abhijit Mitra Sep 02, 2018 00:00 IST

Toyota greens its indian manufacturing plant

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is trying to minimise the environmental impact of its Indian manufacturing unit in Bidadi in Karnataka. The Japanese parent company, which has 56 plants worldwide, has initiated the Toyota 2050 Environmental Challenge.
Aug 31, 2018 13:01 IST

Nifty at fifty

How many models of anything at all can you think of that have remained in widespread use for the last 50 years?  The Boeing 747 aircraft, which is also known as the Jumbo Jet, or The Queen of the Skies, is one of the very few that was first made in 1968 and is still in use today in an industry where making money depends a lot on how good the technology being used is. Of course, the Boeing has been updated over the years, but the basic form remains the same to this day.
Abhijit Mitra Aug 12, 2018 00:00 IST

Hello motor

It has never been this good for Indian riders dreaming about a performance- or cruising-oriented motorcycle. With a will to stretch the budget beyond that needed to buy a 100cc-150cc bike, they now get to choose from a whole bunch of more powerful machines starting with engine capacities just short of 250cc and going up to 500cc.
Abhijit Mitra Jul 29, 2018 00:00 IST

No child’s play

Driving in central Calcutta on a Sunday afternoon, there was reason to do a double take. In the white compact SUV alongside was a little boy. He was standing in the space between the front passenger seat and the glove box, and was just tall enough for his head to be above the level of the dashboard on which he was resting his arms.
Abhijit Mitra Jul 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Automatic choice

How often do you drive in rush hour traffic, clutching and declutching ever so often as you are forced to shift gears? And how many times in such situations, as you get increasingly fatigued, have you wished that you had a car with an automatic transmission so that you could bypass this chore. Well, you are certainly not alone.
Abhijit Mitra Jul 08, 2018 00:00 IST

Land rover rolls out new models

Jaguar Land Rover unveiled the latest versions of two of its SUVs — the Range Rover Sport, which starts at Rs 99.48 lakh at the showroom, and the Range Rover, which starts at Rs 1.74 crore. 
Jul 03, 2018 00:00 IST

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