Author Archives: Loknath Das

Thumpstar TS-M 125cc

Flat track and trail riding has been gaining popularity in the past few years. Not only are there a wealth of single track trails in and around the city, dedicated motocross tracks and events have become to be a regular occurrence. While I’m by no means a regular trail or off-road rider myself, good friends tell me that the key ... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: NINE MANUFACTURERS TO SKIP THE AUTO SHOW

The Frankfurt motor show, one of the biggest automotive events in the calendar year, has received a major setback as nine manufacturers have decided to skip the event. The list includes Fiat, Peugeot, Nissan, Volvo, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Mitsubishi, DS and Infiniti Motors. While there are no official comments on why these manufacturers have decided to stay away, the reasons ... Read More »

Ban Self-Driving Cars To Avoid ‘Back To The Future’-Style Craziness: Burke

CITY HALL — Dueling versions of the future of Chicago’s streets were on display Monday at City Hall as aldermen weighed whether to ban self-driving cars from the city’s roads. Ald. Edward Burke (14th) warned that the City Council needs to ban the automated vehicles to prevent someone as “crazy” as movie character Doc Brown, inventor of a DeLorean sports car time machine ... Read More »

Used-vehicle prices falling amid glut

The average used car lost 17 percent of its value in the past 12 months, dropping from $18,400 to $15,300, according to data from Black Book, an auto analytics company. Photo credit: DAVID PHILLIPS Car sales in the U.S. have been rising for seven consecutive years now, and it’s denting the value of whatever is currently parked in your garage or ... Read More »

Diesel scrappage scheme: BMW and Ford accused of cashing in on fears by offering £2k off a new car

Manufacturers including BMW and Ford are taking matters into their own hands with their own pollution-reducing trade-in schemes  CREDIT:  YUI MOK Car manufacturers are cashing in on a diesel price scare by launching scrappage schemes for drivers of polluting cars who agree to buy brand new “greener” versions. It comes after the Government threatened to develop a diesel scrappage scheme but failed ... Read More »

Car Review: Updated 2017 Ford Escape SE has plenty of room and zoom

WASHINGTON — The small crossover market has taken over the automotive industry as sedans seem to wane in popularity. Ford has had a sales winner with the Escape crossover for many years and it only seems to be growing in sales. Ford is well aware that they need to keep this popular ride fresh. For 2017, the Escape has numerous ... Read More »

Yamaha FZ25 Review: Daily commuter with a highway soul

NEW DELHI: The true streetfighter design is something that was missing from the Indian mass bike segment until Yamaha came up with the first-generation FZ16 in 2008. The aggressive styling and meaty 140 section rear tyre of the motorcycle quickly grabbed the attention of enthusiasts who were craving for a dominating yet pocket-friendly ride. But everything changes with the time and the ... Read More »

Selling cars from the auto show floor

Honda sold 2,619 vehicles over the Shenzhen auto show’s eight-day run in June. Photo credit: HANS GREIMEL SHENZHEN, China — The throbbing techno music blares at skull-splitting volume. And the crush of pushing through sweaty throngs for a peek at the cars is a full-contact sport. Some things make Chinese auto shows different from their overseas counterparts. And when it comes ... Read More »

Firefighters respond to vehicle on fire in used car lot

A vehicle fire in a used car lot early Sunday morning was not suspicious in nature, says the fire captain on scene. The fire in a Dodge Ram pickup truck, parked on the Baycorp Auto Sales lot at the intersection of Edinburgh Road North and London Road West occurred at about 6:30 a.m. today. Guelph Fire Department and Guelph Police attended the early morning scene. ... Read More »

Maruti Suzuki to revamp used-car business

Sixteen years after Maruti Suzuki India Ltd entered the used car market, it is sharpening its focus on the business that is expanding rapidly. As part of the exercise, the Japanese carmaker’s local arm, which sells second-hand cars under the True Value brand, will set up a network of 150 independent outlets across the country by March 2018, and increase ... Read More »