Author Archives: Loknath Das

2017 Mazda 6

There is no more stylish, sporty, or maturely executed mid-size sedan than the Mazda 6. Our other favorite, the Honda Accord, hides its excellence behind a veil of stoicism. Not the Mazda, which boasts an attractive body that sits atop a sharp-handling chassis and wraps around a luxury-grade interior. The 6’s Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims share the same ... Read More »

RadCity electric commuter bike review: Affordable, urban, green, and just plain fun

Seattle is a popular city for commuting to work on a bike and in May 2016’s Bike to Work month event, I captured the honors for most miles rode with over 451 miles completed. That month motivated me to continuing biking to work and one year later I took it to the next level with the purchase of my most ... Read More »

Report: BMW i8 Roadster to debut at 2017 LA auto show

BMW is working on a mid-cycle update for its i8, and as part of the update the plug-in hybrid sports car will be available as a convertible. The convertible version of the i8 will be known as the i8 Roadster, and according to Automotive News (subscription required) we’ll see it debut in November at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show. Sales are expected ... Read More »

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 »