Barely a year ago, the difference in the price of a litre of petrol and diesel was at an all time high (Rs. 27.19) in favour of the latter. Read more

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They are not exactly similar vehicles. Nor do they belong to the same segment. So to call it a rivalry in the strict sense of the word would be a stretch. Even then, India being a country where an eventual Wagon R customer would also consider a Honda City at a given time, pitting the Renault Duster and Mahindra XUV in the same bracket should not come as a surprise. Read more

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Every year, the union budget that decides in some ways how richer or poorer we will get during the course of the year throws up a fair share of mindboggling policies. Rules that have no precedence, come out as a bolt out of the blue and prima facie, lack any sense of logic. Worse, sometimes they dont even have a sense of humour and only stress how far removed some of our bureaucrats are from reality. Or from technical knowhow. Read more

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Seldom is it that a year that begins with such promise and hype ends as one that is forgettable and beset with regrets. 2012 was one such example. It began with a bang with the biennial New Delhi Auto Expo, the show piece event for the domestic industry. And it ends almost with a whimper. Read more

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The rule books in India, or what some people would call the holy grail of the automotive industry–Central Motor Vehicles Rules or the Motor Vehicles Act– dont have it. The manufacturers are either confused themselves or pretend that they are. It suits them as they want to keep consumers guessing as well. Read more

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Call it a stroke of luck or astute planning, but the launch of the Renault Duster in the first week of next month, could not have come at a better time. The domestic car industry a squeeze seldom seen in history and unlike in the crisis of 2008-09, neither the government nor the industry has any answers to it. The current problems that began with a crisis of confidence seems a lot more fundamental and India centric. Read more

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On Tuesday, while on my way back from Gurgaon, I was witness to an unfortunate accident between a cyclist and a burly Audi Q7 right before the toll gate on the Expressway. Thankfully, besides the fact that the cycle was reduced to a mangled heap, no major harm was done and the cyclist Satpal Singh, was rather more shaken than injured. Read more

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