Author Archives: Loknath Das

New Skoda Octavia vRS 2017 review

Skoda recently introduced a round of updates for the Octavia, adding some new tech and a subtle redesign to the practical family car range. Now it’s the turn of the hot vRS model, which gets the same set of changes as the standard car along with a small power boost. The Czech brand previously offered the vRS 230 as a ... Read More »

MCN Fleet: Street Glide The Empire Strikes Back

First impressions last, so the old saying goes, and my first impressions of the Harley-Davidson Street Glide have been positive. When the fleet options first appeared in the cold winter months, I longed for a comfortable bike that would see me cruise through my 86-mile commute in style and that’s exactly what I’ve got. We’ll get to all the little ... Read More »

Porsche Mission E: electric car to have wide range of variants

The upcoming Porsche Mission E will be sold in a number of different model variants with differing power outputs in a move mirroring that of the German car maker’s more traditional combustion engine models, company chairman Oliver Blume has said. Set to become the first fully electric Porsche production model when it goes on sale towards the end of 2019, ... Read More »

Exploring Italdesign – Lamborghini’s iconic design house

True, there are more cars parked in the street, but that just means there are more employees, a given for a thriving company. But the two large studio buildings through which you usually enter Italdesign’s estate on the southern outskirts of Turin seem hardly to have altered, even though it’s nearly 50 years since the company’s famous founder, Giorgetto Giugiaro, ... Read More »

Production-Spec India-Bound Tesla Model 3 Spied Completely Undisguised

As the time for the Model 3’s official launch and deliveries approaches, it has been spied completely undisguised in the automaker’s facility. Tesla’s most economical model made its world premiere in April last year with the promise of production and deliveries starting this year. Tesla is entering India soon and the Model 3 will be its first product in the ... Read More »

TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE 765 RS (2017-on) Review

Overall Rating Triumph has lavished an unbelievable amount of care and attention on the new Street Triple RS. The new motor is a masterpiece and it works perfectly in harmony with the revised chassis and new electronics. The old 675cc Street Triple was always going to be a tough act to follow, but we’re happy to report this new 765 ... Read More »

2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland

Low gas prices have begotten hard times for hybrids. Even today’s most efficient gas-electrics—the Toyota Prius, the Kia Niro, and the Hyundai Ioniq—don’t pencil against less efficient but much less expensive nonhybrid counterparts in the same general class. And those are hybrids that top 50 mpg. The Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV is in an even tougher spot, given that that ... Read More »

BTwin Triban 520 review

BTwin is the house brand of the French sports supermarket Decathlon, which has 27 UK stores with two more on the way. Its business model allows it to sell bikes at prices its competitors can only dream of. But does a Flanders-designed Shimano Sora-equipped bike for £450 – £350 mean corners have been cut? BTwin In’Ride 300 trainer review Top ... Read More »

Auto show Its goodbye small and hello big in New York

The auto industry has always had a knack for rolling out new models at just the wrong time. Some fear that’s about to happen again. When gas prices spiked past $4 a gallon in 2008, automakers realized they lacked smaller, more efficient cars like hybrids that embraced gas-saving technologies. In the past few years, automakers bet that midsize and compact sedans ... Read More »

GM Joins Ford Worrying About Declining Used-Car Prices

General Motors Co. said a glut of used cars will return to market after their leases expire and drag on its finance unit this year, following similar warnings by peer Ford Motor Co. and lenders such as Ally Financial Inc. The prices of used cars in GM Financial’s leasing portfolio will decline about 7 percent this year, GM Chief Financial ... Read More »