Author Archives: Loknath Das

Why Tesla’s new Model 3 electric car is a vehicle like no other

The Model 3’s roof is a sheet of glass that stretches from the front to almost the boot. The car can rocket from zero to nearly 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds. (Image source: Tesla web site) Tesla’s new Model 3 is more than just a “stripped-down version” of its Model S premium electric sedan. The new launch — the first ... Read More »

As Rolls-Royce tests its first SUV, the future of the ‘normal’ car looks uncertain

The new Rolls-Royce 4×4, codenamed ‘Cullinan’, is seen here in disguise Can anything stop the stampede of the Sport Utility Vehicle? Last year’s sales of SUVs and ‘crossovers’ increased to 25 per cent of the total European market and while the charge has slightly slowed this year, SUVs are still well ahead. Manufacturers are now talking about conquering the B-segment crossover ... Read More »

Car Review: Mercedes SL450 Roadster, a mix of sport and luxury for 2017

WTOP car guy Mike Parris calls the 2017 Mercedes SL450 Roadster “a luxury treat for two” that doesn’t compromise the driving experience.  WTOP car guy Mike Parris calls the 2017 Mercedes SL450 Roadster “a luxury treat for two” that doesn’t compromise the driving experience. (WTOP/Mike Parris) The SL450 has a folding hard top, so it looks like a regular sport ... Read More »

Review: Stromer ST1 X

THE BIGGEST TREND in the e-bike industry today is the “S-pedelic.” If you’re still riding a beach cruiser, here’s the intel: “Pedelic” is shorthand for “pedal electric cycle,” which means that the rider’s expended energy is assisted by a small motor. Add that “S” prefix and things change drastically. In Europe—and especially Germany, the continent’s largest e-bike market—“S” stands for “schnell” ... Read More »

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Cabrio to debut at 2017 Frankfurt auto show

Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class sedan has been updated for 2018 with some visual tweaks to the exterior and cabin, plus a revised powertrain lineup. The automaker has confirmed that similar changes will be introduced to the 2-door S-Class models, also for 2018. Prototypes for the updated S-Class Cabriolet, as well as the updated S63 Coupe and S63 Cabriolet from Mercedes-AMG, have already been spotted. 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe facelift ... Read More »

No GST On Used Car Sold By Individual

The Revenue Department today clarified that sale of old jewellery as well as old vehicles by individuals will not attract any GST as the sale is not for furthering any business.Clarifying on Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia’s comments yesterday, the department issued a press statement saying it was informed at GST Master Class yesterday that “purchase of old gold jewellery by ... Read More »

‘Toxic’ car finance could work out as the best way to pay for a new car

More and more drivers want to be driving the newest cars available CREDIT: PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP As Britain’s appetite for driving the newest and flashiest cars shows no signs of abating, the Bank of England has issued apocalyptic warnings about the state of the motor finance industry. Banks are “failing to learn the lessons of the past”, said governor Mark Carney last month ... Read More »

Drive toward electric-car future picking up speed

The future is coming, and it’s bringing more power cords. Let’s talk about one of our favorite things: cars. And more specifically, how the internal combustion engine is on the verge of extinction. Not only that, but we’re also being told that in five years we’re going to be driving self-driving cars. OK, that’s not accurate. They will be driving ... Read More »

2017 Ducati xDiavel review, test ride

It was an unforgettable scene, right out of a Ghost Rider comic. After a long day of shooting at a location about four hours from home, I returned to discover that the torrential rain had brought life in the suburbs to a standstill. Traffic snarls are never fun, less so on a 152hp fire-breathing beast. But in that painful clutch-in, clutch-out drudgery, ... Read More »

Tata Tiago Detailed Expert Review

The Tiago has been a game changer for Tata. It helped the company get volumes and that will keep the production line busy for a while. Now, almost after a year of its launch, Tata has introduced the AMT version of this compact hatchback. The ever growing vehicles in the metros and the space crunch is making a lot of ... Read More »