Author Archives: Loknath Das

Branded used car firms lobbying for lower GST rate

Used cars attract GST rate of 28% or 43% on gross margin depending on the fuel type and engine size, as is the case with new cars. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint Mumbai: Big Boy Toyz, a Gurugram-based firm that specializes in selling used super luxury cars such as Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Bentleys, has put its expansion on hold because of a goods ... Read More »

BENTLEY’S NEW CONTINENTAL GT WRAPS CLASSY STYLE AROUND SWANKY TECH

WHENEVER IT’S TIME to redesign a classic, automakers, especially those in the luxury business, must tackle a tricky problem. They know buyers will want the latest tech, but they want it in a package that stays true to the heritage into which they’re buying. It’s a quandary that demands a light touch, and where “less is more” may be the best advice. ... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz sees self-driving EVs as the future of car sharing

Earlier this year, Daimler announced plans to develop a self-driving, car-sharing system with fully autonomous vehicles geared towards city living. Today, the company says that the first part of that vision — Smart’s Vision EQ Fortwo concept vehicle — will be presented at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show next month. The EQ Fortwo is a level five, fully autonomous car with no steering wheel or pedals. Via ... Read More »

North Korea: US ‘never out of diplomatic solutions’

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said the US is “never out of diplomatic solutions” in dealing with North Korea. It comes after President Donald Trump tweeted that “talking is not the answer” to the country’s military ambitions. Russia has also warned the US against taking military action, saying it would be “fraught with unpredictable consequences”. North Korea caused alarm ... Read More »

Hyundai Verna first drive review

With the launch of the new Verna, the best-selling sedan from Hyundai is now in its fifth generation, and has been on sale in India since its 2nd generation when it was still called the Accent. From its 3rd generation it was badged the Verna and perhaps got the most lukewarm reception of any generation of the Accent-Verna family. Following ... Read More »

2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs TVS Apache RTR 200 vs Yamaha FZ25

There was a time, not long ago, in the Indian two-wheeler space, where a 150cc, four-stroke motorcycle was considered the pinnacle of performance. Those of us who’ve spent our formative riding years on such machines craved for more… more power, sharper brakes, better handling. Oh, how things have changed! Today, 150cc bikes represent both commuter and the entry-level of sport ... Read More »

NADA Auto Show kicks off in capital

Kathmandu, August 29 The 12th edition of the largest automobile exhibition, NADA Auto Show, kicked off in Capital, today. The six-day event is being organised jointly by Nepal Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and Global Exposition Management Service. Inaugurating the event, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Bir Bahadur Balayar said that the automobile sector has been one of the largest ... Read More »

1960s American Dream Cars wow crowds at tony Pebble Beach Concours

They just don’t make dream cars like they used to. And the crowds thronging a special display class at Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance attested to the popularity of outrageous, over-the-top fantasies of what cars could look like half a century ago. Called “American Dream Cars of the 1960s,” the group of 10 ranged from a Thirties-inspired street rod to ... Read More »

Kia to unveil stunning fastback concept at 2017 Frankfurt auto show

Kia has given us a first glimpse at what’s shaping up to be a stunning fastback concept. Set to debut next month at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, we’re sad to report the concept doesn’t preview a new model line. Rather, it signals a new body style for one of the Korean brand’s existing models, specifically the next-generation Cee’d compact ... Read More »

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R Track Drive Review

Mercedes-Benz is at the top of its game when it comes to the automotive world. Back to back world championships in Formula 1 and a slew of successful launches for the mainstream luxury car buyer sums it up for the German automaker. But to all the sanity, there is a bit of madness. And when automotive madness is German, it ... Read More »