When it comes to providing safety features in cars, and we are primarily talking of small cars here, it is a pure case of passing the buck. The manufacturers say the consumers dont want it. The consumers crib that the manufacturers dont provide it or even when they do, the cost is exorbitant. And the government isn’t able to make up its mind on what to do. Read more

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In between all the madness surrounding the elections, news reports of two separate cars catching fire in Delhi grabbed headlines in the last few days.

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In 2013-14, the most ubiquitous car on Indian roads–Maruti Alto–completed a full decade of dominance in the market. It first reached the pole position in 2004-05 when it ended the more than two decade rule of its predecessor Maruti 800. It is not a mere coincidence that as it celebrates 10 years of leadership in the year that also marks the end of the road for the M800. Read more

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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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