Author Archives: Loknath Das

Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

The Maruti Suzuki XL6 is a new concept from the market leader. While others have tried to take on the MPV space at two ends – value or sheer size, this is the first compact yet premium offering in the segment. And it targets individual or family buyers who want something within their budget that is functional, plush and also ... Read More »

The robots in our future

One of the central figures in American writer Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot (1950) was a robot called Robbie—a metallic nursemaid with a positronic brain, which imparted to it a consciousness and ability to interact with humans. One of the first robots science writer and journalist David Ewing Duncan introduces the readers to in his newest release, Talking To Robots, is ... Read More »

Spider-Man’s Marvel Cinematic Future in Jeopardy As Disney and Sony Butt Heads Over Producing Deal

Spider-Man is under threat of eviction from the Marvel Cinematic Universe if the two companies controlling the character’s future can’t come to an agreement over producing and revenue sharing. In 2015, Marvel and Sony brokered a deal to share Spider-Man that involved Disney co-financing Spidey movies in exchange for a share of profits and for use of the web-slinger in its sprawling network of interconnected films. That ... Read More »

Four new car launches in India next week

Inching closer to the festive season, we have four big new car launches next week in India. Hyundai will launch the Grand i10 Nios on 20 August, followed by the new BMW 3 Series and Maruti Suzuki XL6 on the next day, 21 August. The much-awaited compact SUV, the Kia Selto is due for India launch on 22 August. Moving towards the end of this month, the Renault Triber will be launched in ... Read More »

No first use nuclear policy may change in future, says Rajnath Singh on India’s defence strategy

nion Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that India may see a major shift in its policy of using nuclear weapons. Rajnath has said India currently has a “no first use policy” on nuclear weapons but it may change in the future. Speaking at an event in Pokhran on Friday, Rajnath Singh said, “Till today, our nuclear policy is ... Read More »

2019 MV Agusta F3 800 RC review, test ride

If you buy an MV Agusta F3 800 RC, you’ll receive your motorcycle and a very special wooden chest. In this goodie box that MV calls the ‘Racing Kit’, you’ll find a bunch of tasty treats – the most special of them being a titanium and carbon-fibre SC Project exhaust system. MV also supplies a special power unit with a ... Read More »

2019 CFMOTO 650MT ROAD TEST REVIEW

Until a few months ago CFmoto was an alien name to most of us. We’d never heard about the manufacturer, but the Chinese motorcycle maker has partnered with Bengaluru-based AMW Motorcycles and entered the Indian two-wheeler space with as many as four motorcycles, of which three are middleweight machines! Talk about making an entrance. We’ve just gotten our hands on ... Read More »

Vernacular users to define start-ups’ future, says RedSeer Consulting report

. With over 210 million internet users in India preferring vernacular language over English with an annual spending power of $300 billion, start-ups may have to rethink ways to reach out to consumers. RedSeer Consulting, a Bengaluru-based research and consulting firm, came out with a report that says Indian vernacular users are expected to create a $3 billion digital ad ... Read More »

Future in petrol, EVs, PHEVs; driving away from diesel: Audi India

German luxury carmaker Audi is putting its bet on petrol, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles in India, driving away from diesel cars, as the country gears up to adopt strict BS-VI emission norms from April next year, according to a top company official. With the automobile market currently on a downturn, Audi India expects sales to remain muted even next ... Read More »

2019 SUZUKI GIXXER ROAD TEST REVIEW

The Gixxer was the perfect shot in the arm for Suzuki when it came out in 2014. In fact, not only did it do well for the Japanese manufacturer, the bike also went on to become one of the bestselling 150cc motorcycles in the country. Of course, with a name like that – ‘Gixxer’ is what Suzuki’s sportsbike family is ... Read More »