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    Small change

    Honda Siel Cars India is under considerable pressure to keep the brand alive and kicking in the eyes of the consumer. At one end the City is getting a bashing from the Volkswagen Vento, in the middle the Civic is being washed out by the Corolla Altis and at the premium end the CR-V is being overlooked for the BMW X1. And there's another very sore point that is causing several people within Honda to yank their hair out in...

    • 19 min ago
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    Diesel derby

    Bert argued mathematically in a recent article that owning a diesel isn't all the fun and games, wallet-wise, it is supposed to be. But it's always mind over matter and owning a diesel has one aspect that you cannot argue against. As long as diesel subsidies exist, taking a road trip, filling up and economy figures are all psychologically easier on the owner. This you remember, the lifecycle cost you don't. Hence...

    • 19 min ago
  • Reviews

    French open

    Chablis, a small town and commune in Burgundy, is 10 kilometres further north of where I've parked. It is known for just one thing, its wine. Chablis wines are one of the most famous white wines in the world and are made from the Chardonnay grape. These wines are popular for their flinty taste, and are renowned for their distinctly dry, full bodied and very acidic flavors. Unfortunately the most I got to see of Chablis was the...

    • 19 min ago
  • Reviews

    Dream diesel

    I'm thinking of putting a down payment on the Gallardo Superleggera LP570-4, in yellow with the Alacantra leather interiors. Does a scribe get paid that much? Well, no. I may be paying off the EMIs for the rest of my life, and perhaps my son will have that burden on his head as well. But then with petrol at 63 rupees a litre I thought to myself, if I am going to spend a fortune on fuel I may as well burn it in something truly...

    • 19 min ago
  • Reviews

    6-blade knife

    Audi wraparound dashboard is now standard across the range. Notice the sandwich layered wood trim (available as an option) which is distinctive to sailing yachts and was first seen in the A7. The A8's technology filters down to the A6 with the touchpad and the updated MMI interface along with manually adjustable dynamics (Audi Drive Select) just a few of the goodies on display. Inverted pitchfork like 5-spoke magnesium alloys...

    • 19 min ago
  • Reviews

    Escargot it ain’t!

    Someone somewhere has written a textbook on how to introduce your automotive brand to an entirely new market. Start off with either a flagship sedan, one that's expensive and desirable, follow it up with an SUV that's also targeted at the more affluent buyer, one that boosts your brand recall and increases desirability. Then once you've generated enough noise in the market push your volumes player in for those...

    • 19 min ago
  • Reviews

    Right ingredient

    Hatchbacks in India were mostly petrol and primitive diesel units until the Maruti Suzuki Swift spawned a whole new segment a few years ago. The car matched and at times even bettered the performance of petrol hatchbacks. This combined with cheaper running costs led people to line up at dealerships resulting in a long waits for delivery. Car manufacturers in India now cannot sell a hatchback without offering a diesel variant....

    • 19 min ago
  • Reviews

    Diesel delight

    Over the last few years there has been a surge in diesel powered cars in the market. Not surprisingly today almost every manufacturer offers a diesel car in almost every segment. The diesel C-segment cars contribute to more sales than their petrol counterparts because with the hike in fuel prices, diesels are the need of the hour. Take Maruti Suzuki for instance. Every single diesel that the company has launched in the last few...

    • 19 min ago
  • Reviews

    Hitting the high C

    Welcome to the brave new world of Hyundai where flowing streams in Switzerland, shapely rocks in the Arizona desert and weirdly shaped branches of African trees end up influencing car design. Bizarre as it might sound but that's the presentation that we sat through at the new Verna's international press launch in Dubai as designers tried to relate the meandering path of a river to character lines running across the...

    • 19 min ago
  • Reviews

    Breathless

    Serene doesn't even begin to describe it. We're doing 90 (miles an hour, around 140kmph), a perfectly acceptable 10mph above the speed limit, cruise control set, heading for some highly recommended fish-and-chips on the coast near Rolls-Royce's home at Goodwood. As is to be expected of England it's freezing and raining, the hostility levels of both ramping up as we near the cost. Traffic slows proportionately but...

    • 19 min ago

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