After every occasion when a ghastly road accident cuts short a life or two and jolts us out of our stream of consciousness, one common topic that is always discussed within the automotive industry is India’s apathy towards safety features like ABS (anti lock brakes) and airbags. Read more

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It has, or if I daresay, had all the markings of a winner. Decent to look at, a capable engine, loads of features and an aggressive price tag. And with the backing of a network as wide as Hyundai’s, the success of the Grand i10 was perhaps a given. Read more

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We may as well want to believe at times that the market for cars is always getting bigger and to fill that gap you need new cars. The more the better. But it does not quite work that way. Just that the slowdown such as the one we are witnessing right now only highlights that every car howsoever successful has a shelf life. And every new car that hits the market invariably in some way hastens the death of another ageing warhorse. Read more

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Next month, the ubiquitous black and yellow Premier Padminis doubling up as taxis on Mumbai roads would ride into the sunset. And the car that is benefitting the most from the government’s decision to not allow cars older than 25 years, is the good ‘old’ Santro. Read more

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Back in 1999, when the Accent was first introduced in India, there were few sedans of any worth in the market. Its two direct competitors were the Maruti Esteem and Daewoo Cielo. A little further up we had the Opel Astra, Ford Escort and Honda City. But one had to pay through your nose to get them. Further up, there was the Ford Mondeo that was to be joined later by the Opel Vectra. And then you had a couple of Mercs to round off the three box segment. Read more

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For a car with such a huge potential, the launch of the Hyundai was rather subdued. But does it have enough punch in it to unsettle the 6 year long hegemony of the Maruti Alto as the largest selling car in India? Read more

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A two part series that looks on and back at the intense rivalries that have structured the course of the Indian automotive landscape Read more

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