At long last, Hyundai with the Xcent has a participant in the compact sedan category that has been for quite sometime the fastest growing segment in India. The importance of the category has been so evident that it comes as a surprise that a manufacturer as shrewd as Hyundai took so much time to get a product ready for it.

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With an estimated 70 new models and concept cars set to be unveiled – 15 of them for the first time globally – this year’s Auto Expo, which opens to public on February 7, couldn’t have come at a better time for the Indian auto industry. Read more

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The Amaze maybe the best thing to have happened to Honda in the last 5 years and in the coming years there would be other more significant products to hit the roads but the City will always hold an important emotional position. Almost like first love. Read more

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Its lack of sophistication, pedigree and power notwithstanding, the Maruti Gypsy was always a special vehicle. Launched in India back in December 1985 when there were more cows than cars on the road–especially the ones the Gypsy made its own– initially it had a 1 litre 4 cylinder petrol engine. And, was an automatic favourite with rallyists and off road aficionados. Read more

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The sheets are off and finally we know the Hyundai BA, is actually the Hyundai GRAND i10, the next generation version of the existing i10. The grand in CAPS is pun intended. Read more

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In the midst of the riverie and small talk, the naked man with ash all over him, suddenly snaps at me.

“Why do you guys call my car dog’s dinner?” he asks, his pink eyes heavy with the hash he has been smoking all his life. Read more

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When it was discontinued in 13 major cities in India in April 2010 as Maruti decided not to upgrade its engine to meet the tougher BSIV emission norms, everybody thought the M800 story was over. Read more

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Among the four score odd emails that I received in response to the call for choosing the worst car of 2012, there was one that reminded me of my own promise from the year before, to not term it as such. I would stick to that promise and not call the particular car as the worst. Instead let’s call it a car we would rather not have. Read more

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Like every other year, dozens of cars–big and small, awful and spectacular, practical and extravagant–will hit the roads this year as well. And like always only a few will hit the bull’s eye and the others will fall by the wayside. These are the some that look worth waiting for. Read more

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Since August 2012, Fiat has sold less cars every month than BMW and Audi, the two largest luxury car manufacturers in India. That is a telling statistic about a company that is the ninth largest in the world in terms of the number of cars it makes and sells, one of the oldest in the business in India and is part of one of the largest global automobile companies. Read more

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