Author Archives: Loknath Das

Drive toward electric-car future picking up speed

The future is coming, and it’s bringing more power cords. Let’s talk about one of our favorite things: cars. And more specifically, how the internal combustion engine is on the verge of extinction. Not only that, but we’re also being told that in five years we’re going to be driving self-driving cars. OK, that’s not accurate. They will be driving ... Read More »

2017 Ducati xDiavel review, test ride

It was an unforgettable scene, right out of a Ghost Rider comic. After a long day of shooting at a location about four hours from home, I returned to discover that the torrential rain had brought life in the suburbs to a standstill. Traffic snarls are never fun, less so on a 152hp fire-breathing beast. But in that painful clutch-in, clutch-out drudgery, ... Read More »

Tata Tiago Detailed Expert Review

The Tiago has been a game changer for Tata. It helped the company get volumes and that will keep the production line busy for a while. Now, almost after a year of its launch, Tata has introduced the AMT version of this compact hatchback. The ever growing vehicles in the metros and the space crunch is making a lot of ... Read More »

Detroit-based auto show talent agency follows Toyota to Plano

Plano residents may not have heard of Productions Plus, but if they’ve been to the State Fair of Texas, they’ve likely seen the talent agency’s spokespeople working the auto show. This year, an estimated 150 brand ambassadors will interact with fairgoers as they represent automotive brands such as Toyota, Lexus, Nissan and Volkswagen, among others. The staffing agency, which specializes in supplying ... Read More »

2017 Skoda Octavia Facelift Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs 15.49 Lakh

The new 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift today officially went on sale in India priced at ₹ 15.49 lakh to ₹ 22.89 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Primarily available in three trim options – Ambition, Style and Style Plus and eight different iterations based on engine options and transmission. The current generation Octavia was launched originally in 2013 and goes up against the likes of ... Read More »

Hyundai Announces HyBuy Customer Referral Program

Hyundai India has announced a unique customer referral program for Indian buyers. The new program, HyBuy will be active only for a limited time period as a trial process and will keep evolving and changing every month. The referral program, limited to 300 customers every month, will be available for the Hyundai i20 currently and with every subsequent month, will change and will ... Read More »

2017 Kawasaki Z900 Review

The Kawasaki Z800 always holds a special place in my heart; no, not the new Kawasaki Z900, but the Kawasaki Z800, which is what the Z900 replaces. It’s a bike which had a sweet personality – smooth, refined, in-line four performance, as well as a very tractable engine which sounds equally engaging. And it’s one bike which introduced me to rapid ... Read More »

Triumph Street Triple S Vs Kawasaki Z900: Comparison Review

It’s the battle of the latest roadsters, or naked bikes, as they are also called. The new Triumph Street Triple S gets a new engine, new suspension and new swingarm. The frame has been carried forward from the outgoing model, but the engine gets a displacement bump and a whole lot more power and torque. The Kawasaki Z900 is also ... Read More »

2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R First Ride Review

Rocketing down the straight at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore, I have just about enough time to take a quick glance at the speedo, before it’s time to slam on the brakes, downshift three cogs and open the throttle, as we take the sharp right-hander on the first corner. The Brembo monobloc calipers grip the 320 mm twin discs, the ... Read More »

Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Review

Meet the new Indian Chieftain Dark Horse – this massive mass of black metal with a name that promises a lot of character and stamina, quite like a thoroughbred black stallion. Technically though, the only thing new is the blacked out look. The Chieftain Dark Horse shares the same engine and mechanicals with the standard Indian Chieftain, but the difference is in the ... Read More »