Author Archives: Loknath Das

New car registrations in UK fall sharply in September

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Renault India eyes one new car a year as medium-term plan

French carmaker Renault is planning to expand its presence in India by unveiling one new model every year as part of a medium-term strategy in India, Sumit Sawhney, country CEO and MD, Renault India Operations said. Talking to The Hindu, he said, “We are keen to build the right portfolio of good cars from our company for this market and [are] ... Read More »

Sunny Leone’s new car will give you serious life goals

Sunny Leone seems to be doing rather well for herself, as is evidenced by her latest automotive purchase. Given her American upbringing you’d think she’d be partial to a big pick-up truck or a Cadillac. But it turns out that Sunny prefers her cars to be a tad more exotic; and nothing spells out exotic quite like a Maserati. The Maserati in ... Read More »

Buying a used car: 8 things to know

Here’s a fact. For every three new cars sold in India, there are about four used ones that exchange hands. As you can imagine, the used car market is thriving, and how. The reasons to consider going for a pre-owned car are centred around, but not limited to, how much financial sense they make. With new cars losing value literally ... Read More »

One-of-five Pierce Silver Arrow goes to auction this week

In 1933, the $10,000 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow represented unattainable luxury for Americans after the Great Depression had seen half of America’s banks fail and one third of Americans unemployed(Credit: RM-Sotheby’s) The “silver arrow” has been a constant throughout the history of story telling, from the bows of Eros (Cupid), Artemis and Apollo, through Robin Hood, to the nickname for the silver cars by Mercedes Benz ... Read More »

Autonomous technology be damned, these are the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show debuts we want to actually drive!

Driving still matters, and not just because Mazda says so. Of the new production and concept vehicles debuting in Frankfurt, these are the five to actually drive. (HONDA) Based on the overarching themes of the 2017 International Auto Show in Frankfurt, an electrically powered tsunami of self-driven cars and SUVs is about to wash over the world. To a driving ... Read More »

Can the All-New 2018 Honda Accord Save the Sedan?

The Honda Accord is big business. For 29 out of the last 30 years, Honda has sold between roughly 300,000 and 400,000 new Accords here in the United States. Figure an average transaction price in the ballpark of $30,000 these days, and that means Americans are spending in the range of $10 billion per year on brand-new Accords. They’re the reliable workhorse for millions ... Read More »

2017 Ducati SuperSport S review, test ride

Compromise is often perceived as a negative, but the truth is that it’s a wonderful thing. Compromise ends wars, compromise saves relationships and most importantly, compromise results in happiness. The Ducati SuperSport is a compromise and I mean that in the most genuine sense of the word. The big question is whether this particular compromise can find you happiness. Let’s ... Read More »

Who should die when a driverless car crashes? Q&A ponders the future

‘Smart people are trying to figure out how this works,’ the Q&A audience was told in a discussion about driverless cars. Illustration: Alamy Should a driverless car swerve to miss a child, knowing it will kill its passenger? Or should it maintain its path and end a younger life? It’s deeply troubling ethical dilemmas like these that Sandra Peter believes ... Read More »

FIRST DRIVE / REVIEW

What is it? While it still hasn’t quite reached the heights of its Indo-Japanese and Korean rivals, Renault has been making some interesting cars for the Indian market. While the levels of success seen by its models have been mixed, the French carmaker now wants to make a stronger impression in the mid-size SUV/crossover segment. But let’s face it, the ... Read More »