Author Archives: Loknath Das

HAPPY ENDING: New car for carjacking victim

It was a happy ending for Myrtle Dittberner (77) who received a new but second-hand car thanks to her former students after her car was stolen. Dittberner’s car was stolen on 8 July at a shopping centre in Emmarentia. The Northcliff Melville Times later published an article about the incident which lead to her former German School students starting a ... Read More »

New Hyundai Verna vs rivals: Specifications comparison

Hyundai is gearing up to launch its all-new Verna in India on August 22, 2017. The new Verna will replace the previous-gen car (Codename: RB) that was launched in India way back in 2011. As the upcoming 2017 Verna goes up against the Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and Volkswagen Vento in the mid-size sedan segment, we’ve done an on-paper comparison ... Read More »

New car sales in Wales dip sharply compared to UK

Sales of new cars in Wales have fallen by more than any other nation or region of the UK in the past year. The decline in sales in Wales was nearly 8% compared with a drop of 2.2% across the UK. That is three times as steeply as the rest of the UK, according to the Society for Motor Manufacturers ... Read More »

China’s used cars put a dent in global industry

Traffic in Taiyuan, China. The country’s used car market is poised for growth, meaning fewer sales of new cars for foreign manufacturers © Bloomberg China’s car market has been key to the recovery in global auto sales growth since 2009, as the chart below shows. Its passenger car sales in the first half of each year have risen threefold between ... Read More »

The UK government has issued new cybersecurity guidelines for smart cars

The British government today issued a new set of guidelines designed to encourage automakers to make vehicles cybersecurity a priority. UK Transport Minister Lord Callanan says that as autonomous and connected vehicles are increasingly used on British roadways, minimum protections should be established to protect consumers from cyber attacks, whether it’s controlling personal data, or taking control of the vehicle remotely. The goal ... Read More »

UK mandates hacking protection for the cars of the future

On Sunday, the British government unveiled new requirements for engineers working on connected cars and smart vehicles that aim to harden their protections against cyberattacks. Smart vehicles are “increasingly becoming the norm on British roads,” and engineers must strengthen their defenses against hacking, a UK government press release said. While these new vehicles offer a host of modern features, hackers can target ... Read More »

Ducati Scrambler Café Racer photo gallery

The Scrambler Café Racer is the latest addition to Ducati’s Scrambler range of air-cooled retro motorcycles. The top-of-the-line variant in the family, the Scrambler Café Racer, is a direct rival to Triumph’s modern classic – the Bonneville T100.  Here is a photo gallery of the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer – The Scrambler Café Racer harks back to the racing motorcycles of the 1960s, and ... Read More »

2017 BAJAJ PULSAR NS160 ROAD TEST REVIEW

Looks are important, right? In a day and age where Instagram and Facebook feeds are enhanced with filters and what have you, it’s obvious that good looks grab attention. Bajaj seems to have realised that it needed a bike that’s appealing in order to lure the style conscious, 150cc+ motorcycle buyers. Enter the Pulsar NS160. Design and build The Pulsar ... Read More »

New Porsche 911 Speedster to Debut at Frankfurt Auto Show, Rumor Claims

When Porsche pulled the wraps off the 911 GT2 RS earlier this summer,many people assumed the 700-horsepower track monster would be the swan song for the 991 era of Porsche’s most popular model. But a new report from CAR Magazine points to the current 911 generation going out with a different sort of bang: a new version of the Porsche 911 Speedster, rumored to ... Read More »

Tata Nexon First Drive Review: Betting Big On Next-Gen Design

I had first seen the Tata Nexon as a concept vehicle at the Auto Expo in 2014. The futuristic-looking compact SUV, had cuts and curves that looked 10 years ahead of its time and drew plenty of appreciation from the critics and crowds. Three years later, I’m in the driver’s seat of the Tata Nexon, and wonder of wonders, the ... Read More »