Author Archives: Loknath Das

Burger King advert sabotaged on Wikipedia

A Burger King TV advert which was designed to activate Google Home smart speakers and some Android phones to describe its Whopper burgers has been hijacked by members of the public. The ad triggered the devices to read out information about the burgers from online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. However, somebody edited Wikipedia to describe the Whopper as the “worst hamburger product” ... Read More »

Is India preparing for a vastly different future

April 13, 2017: The pace of change of technology is horrendous and unstoppable. It is, simultaneously, exciting because of the way in which it will impact our daily lives, and, also, unnerving, primarily because of the lack of jobs new technology brings in its wake. Changes in the auto industry: Readers would do well to read a brilliant blog by ... Read More »

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-class

Enthuasists may cringe at the term crossover, but the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class is not the bloated people carrier usually associated with that word. Despite being marketed as an SUV, it’s really more of a sport-oriented hatchback with a slightly increased ride height. And although it has been refreshed for the 2018 model year, its core values remain intact—why change what works? ... Read More »

Specialized Amira Comp women’s road bike review

BikeRadar verdict “A fast, nimble and exciting race-ready bike” Highs: Makes you feel like you’re winning La Course on every single ride Lows: Could be unforgiving over very long days in the saddle Buy if: You want to go really, really fast If you’re after a fast, exciting ride, crave speed and racing is your goal, then let us introduce ... Read More »

New York Auto Show: Horsepower Wars in Full Swing

A model pulls the sheet to reveal the Maserati Levante SUV during the 2016 New York International Auto Show media preview in Manhattan, New York, March 23, 2016. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid) The horsepower wars will be in full swing at this week’s New York International Auto Show, as automakers inject more power into everything from muscle cars to SUVs. Fiat Chrysler ... Read More »

New Skoda Octavia vRS 2017 review

Skoda recently introduced a round of updates for the Octavia, adding some new tech and a subtle redesign to the practical family car range. Now it’s the turn of the hot vRS model, which gets the same set of changes as the standard car along with a small power boost. The Czech brand previously offered the vRS 230 as a ... Read More »

MCN Fleet: Street Glide The Empire Strikes Back

First impressions last, so the old saying goes, and my first impressions of the Harley-Davidson Street Glide have been positive. When the fleet options first appeared in the cold winter months, I longed for a comfortable bike that would see me cruise through my 86-mile commute in style and that’s exactly what I’ve got. We’ll get to all the little ... Read More »

Porsche Mission E: electric car to have wide range of variants

The upcoming Porsche Mission E will be sold in a number of different model variants with differing power outputs in a move mirroring that of the German car maker’s more traditional combustion engine models, company chairman Oliver Blume has said. Set to become the first fully electric Porsche production model when it goes on sale towards the end of 2019, ... Read More »

Exploring Italdesign – Lamborghini’s iconic design house

True, there are more cars parked in the street, but that just means there are more employees, a given for a thriving company. But the two large studio buildings through which you usually enter Italdesign’s estate on the southern outskirts of Turin seem hardly to have altered, even though it’s nearly 50 years since the company’s famous founder, Giorgetto Giugiaro, ... Read More »

Production-Spec India-Bound Tesla Model 3 Spied Completely Undisguised

As the time for the Model 3’s official launch and deliveries approaches, it has been spied completely undisguised in the automaker’s facility. Tesla’s most economical model made its world premiere in April last year with the promise of production and deliveries starting this year. Tesla is entering India soon and the Model 3 will be its first product in the ... Read More »