Author Archives: Loknath Das

Morgan Stanley thinks cars of the future will be nothing but a ‘data pipe’

It has finally come to this: the iconic automobile, the dream machine of the 21st century, is set to become merely a feature of 21st-century infotainment plumbing. That’s the view of Morgan Stanley auto and mobility analyst Adam Jonas. In a research note published Wednesday, he grappled with Ford’s destiny in what he called the “Auto 2.0” future: A constructive ... Read More »

G.M. Wants to Drive the Future of Cars That Drive Themselves

Mary Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, with a Chevrolet Bolt EV at G.M. headquarters in Detroit. CreditJoe Vaughn for The New York Times DETROIT — The chief executive of General Motors, an automaker synonymous with Detroit, saw the future of driving not in the Motor City but on the streets of San Francisco. Mary T. Barra, a G.M. ... Read More »

Honda’s future electric cars will let you sleep while they drive on their own

Worsening pollution levels and congested roads are two problems frequently associated with growing number of vehicles. However, Honda has good news for drivers who feel the onus of resolving these problems lies with them. The Japanese automaker has stated that the electric cars they launch in the future will also come equipped with autonomous driving technologies. The company claims this ... Read More »

2017 BMW 530i RWD

As BMW has branched out from a brand focused on serving enthusiasts to a brand that wants to serve everyone, it has expanded the bandwidth of its offerings. It has done so by means of electronics that can alter its cars’ driving characteristics, as well as via the options sheet, which can tailor individual models to disparate tastes. Thus, how ... Read More »

2019 Volkswagen Arteon

As American buyers continue to snap up a veritable deluge of new crossovers, it seems that a car company would have to be either clueless or desperate to introduce an all-new sedan, especially into a niche like the one that the Volkswagen Arteon will occupy. Alas, VW’s U.S. operation is struggling to sell a dated lineup while trying to make ... Read More »

2018 BMW 440i RWD Coupe Automatic

Although the BMW 4-series coupe was first shown more than four years ago, the trickling out of multiple variants of the model over time means the car still feels fresh. But time marches on, and 2018 brings an update for the luxury sports coupe. BMW tweaked the 4-series’s engine lineup and naming convention in 2017, and those continue for 2018. ... Read More »

Hero MotoCorp drops 10 bikes from line-up

In light of the mandatory switch to BS-IV emission norms from April 1, 2017, the move for all two-wheeler manufacturers in India has been clear – either convert existing models to be compliant with the new, more stringent emission norms, or stop selling them. And following the mandate, most manufacturers have converted most of their existing line-up to fall in line ... Read More »

TOP 10 LEARNER 125CC MOTORBIKES

IF you’re 17 or over and have done compulsory basic training you can ride a 125 on a provisional licence with L-plates. While it’s always tempting to buy the fastest, flashiest 125 you can afford, there’s a lot of sense in opting for something cheaper, more durable and crash-resistant so you can save your dosh for that bigger bike after ... Read More »

Ducati Monster 797 first ride review

Design and features   Why am I staring at a cone, instead of looking where I’m going. That’s because, I am looking at where I want to go. Confused? Well, I was too, until my instructor Lek told me that it’s the ultimate way to be smooth and quick on a bike. He is one of the chief instructors at ... Read More »

New York Auto Show Model Claims Hyundai Fired Her for Having Her Period

A model working with Hyundai at the New York International Auto Show in April claimed that she was fired from her post after she got her period at work, according to The New York Post. According to the Post, 27-year-old Rachel Rickert was told by her agent Erika Seifred on April 15 that she had been let go. “Hyundai heard ... Read More »