Author Archives: Loknath Das

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 »

Audi RS5 vs Mercedes-AMG C63 S twin test review

We’re in prime Audi territory: blissfully clear early evening motorway, inside lane at a solid 75mph, miles digitally 
recorded and discarded just as quickly. The climate is spinning silently at 19 degrees, the auto ‘box is locked in eight and there are barely 2000 revs showing; I feel like I could drive until the road runs out while using just ... Read More »

2017 Chevrolet Volt

The Volt was the first of its kind when it hit the market in 2010, and it has been at the top of the pack ever since. With a class-demolishing 53 miles of electric-only range, it’s a plug-in hybrid that can be driven like an EV much of the time. Boy racers may scoff, but for the planet-aware driver who ... Read More »

2017 S-Cross review: Maruti Suzuki’s shot at crossover redemption

The 2015 version of the S-Cross was the first out of Maruti Suzuki’s premium Nexa stable. But in terms of sales, it didn’t quite do wonders for them. Probably the underwhelming looks and high price tag had something to do with it. So two years later Marutidecided to give it a shake and a few twists to come up with a more muscular looking ... Read More »

Six must-know car games for kids

I-Spy… is just one of many great car games you can play on family trips On the road with kids? Keep boredom at bay with these tried-and-tested car games, guaranteed to make family journeys fly by Every parent dreads the words “Are we there yet?” But there are other ways to occupy your children en route beyond I Spy. From car karaoke ... Read More »

Delaware Auto Show comes back to the Chase Center next weekend

The largest indoor event in Delaware returns to the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington next weekend. The 11th annual Delaware Auto Show runs Friday through Sunday and will bring luxury cars, family fun and more. Hosted by The News Journal Media Group, the show is the state’s only new-model auto show and provides attendees with an early glimpse ... Read More »