In the flesh, the JA Motorsport Inde 2.0 looks a touch unimpressive. Yes, it is as low slung as a squashed bug and slippery looking too, but it looks a bit too tiny to be seriously quick. The wheels, for example, measure a dinky 13 inches.
If, like me, you are struggling to tell the difference between this refreshed Z4 and the one we already have in India, allow me point out the differences on this most restrained of updates. Among the changes are edgier bumpers, new chrome gills within the front flanks and new wheel designs.
The current Santa Fe, though decent-looking and with good proportions, isn’t exactly a head turner. The small grille (typical of Hyundais of that generation) and lack of muscle in the design make it look a bit meek by SUV standards.
For those who wanted the performance of the Polo GT TSI but baulked at current petrol prices, Volkswagen has just launched this, the Polo GT TDI. Under its hood is the 1.6-litre common rail diesel engine from the Vento and the car costs Rs. 9000 more than the GT TSI.
This car brings the Skoda Octavia name back to India. After doodling around with ladies names for what was essentially the European Octavia, Skoda has decided that they should stick to the name that defined its Indian journey.
Just a handful of hard laps on the flowing road course at the Miramas circuit in the south of France in a BMW i8 is enough to tell you what an incredibly unique sportscar this.
The only two auto segments in demand in India right now are the compact sedan and the compact SUV. If you do not have a product ready for venturing into these segments, what does a company like Volkswagen do? Adopt the European concept of generate a "Cross" version of its existing small car.
It's smooth at idle, responsive enough in traffic and has enough pace to hold high speeds easily on the highway. Meet the Mercedes-Benz E200 CGI. It's the recently launched E-class with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-charged, direct injection petrol motor.
In addition to the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI DSG Octavias we tested earlier, Skoda is also offering a 1.4-litre TSI (similar to the one in the VW Jetta) and the 2.0 TDI with a manual gearbox. These two will no doubt be the popular ones in the line-up, especially as they will be priced lower. We drove both from Chandigarh to Shimla.
We’ve just driven the new Nissan Terrano SUV, Nissan’s version of the popular Renault Duster.
The luxury hatchback is the new flavour of the month. Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and BMW are all tripping over each other to grab a share of this new segment.
The new 1-series is BMW's way of offering punters an even cheaper way of sliding into the lap of German luxury. As such, the 1-series undercuts BMW's own X1 and goes straight for rivals like the recently launched Mercedes-Benz A-class and the Volvo V40.
This isn’t our first Polo long-termer; that was the three-cylinder diesel back in 2010. And while that car was very fuel efficient and beautifully built, the motor wasn’t exactly a joy to use.
This year has been rather unforgettable for most in the domestic automobile industry. Sales have been sluggish, sentiment has been low, excitement lower and footfalls at showrooms the lowest. Yet, as is always the case there are some that flow against the tide. Not many new cars have struck gold ...
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday to chalk up a record ninth victory in a row, and 13th of the Formula One season.
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