Author Archives: Loknath Das

Additional cess above GST to be removed on used car sales

NEW DELHI: Good news seems to be in the offing for the used car market. The additional cess of 15 percent that was to be imposed on certain categories of second hand vehicles will now not be chargeable, according to a recent notification by the Under-secretary to the Government of India. For instance certain categories of larger vehicles in the above 4 metre range were ... Read More »

Range Rover Velar 2017 REVIEW – New car price, specs, tech and pictures

After record sales in 2016, Land Rover sales are already up 10 per cent in 2017 and it’ll be hoping that some of that success rubs off on this new Range Rover Velar too. The fourth model in the Range Rover line-up, the Velar slots into the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. While in principle that might seem ... Read More »

Future of renewable energy: Sunny investment climate for solar technology in India

On May 12, 2017, India recorded its lowest-ever solar tariff of Rs 2.44/unit of electricity. That is a 73% fall since 2010, and compares favourably with India’s cheapest power source–coal, electricity from which now ranges between Rs 3/unit and Rs 5/unit. The new low solar cost was announced at a reverse auction–in which the role of buyer and seller is reversed and the seller with the ... Read More »

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

Known as the i30 across the pond, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport has the Volkswagen Golf GTI in its sights. Drawn under the watchful eye of Hyundai’s chief design officer Peter Schreyer, the compact hatchback’s sporty bodywork, clean lines, and attractive proportions make it far more fashionable than both its funky-looking predecessor and its dowdier sedan counterpart.   GTI of the Beholder ... Read More »

Uganda: Maddox to Headline Vintage Auto Show

Renowned Ugandan reggae maestro, Maddox Sematimba, is set to be the headline act at this year’s Vintage and Classic auto show slated for July 29 at Sheraton Kampala hotel. According to the organizers, the Namagembe singer and his band are currently in rehearsals to ensure they deliver their best performance. The event has so far attracted a display of over ... Read More »

2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled review, test ride

A few good things have come from this era of hipster revolution, thinks Sherman Nazareth, astride the retro-styled Desert Sled. Has Ducati’s Scrambler finally earned its true off-road stripes? Located in the South of Spain, the quaint little town of Almeria sits on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and boasts of perfect weather for the most part of the ... 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 »

Yamaha FZ25 Vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Comparison Review

When the Yamaha FZ25 was launched earlier this year, we were impressed, not just with the bike’s looks and build quality, but the overall finesse and refinement the 249 cc engine offered. The FZ25 promises a lot to the aspiring entry-level performance bike buyer; it’s got muscular road presence, a smooth and torquey engine and offers a practical, everyday commuter ... Read More »

Consumer Reports: How to buy a used car

(WXYZ) – Used car salesman tactics have been the butt of jokes for years, and chances are you’ve probably heard some horror stories. But don’t let that stop you from buying a used car. Consumer Reports has some great tips to help protect you from buying a dud – And some of these tips can also come in handy if ... Read More »