• India is witnessing what could be called an SUV-fication of the car market. With buyers in even the lower segments looking to move from a small, nimble car to larger crossovers, the compact SUV category has become one of the fastest growing segments in India.

    Honda has seen a whopping 185% growth in sales between 2010 and 2014, as the Japanese carmaker forayed into new segments with Brio, Amaze, Mobilio and the new Jazz. Come 2016, Honda will join the growing group of compact crossover offerings with an interesting product– the BR-V. Introduced to automobile journalists recently, the BR-V promises to be a strong candidate in this burgeoning segment.


    First things first, Honda makes it very clear that the BR-V is a crossover Utility Vehicle and not a compact SUV. Although based on the Brio platform, the BR-V appears a whole order of magnitude more solid and upright. The front has a very muscular and SUV-ish look, thanks to the squared-off styling, angular headlamps with

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  • One of the most popular cars of all time, the Toyota Innova is all set to get a facelift and the company has revealed the first official picture of the new model. Expected to be displayed at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo in February, the next-gen Innova will be launched in India sometime by mid-2016.

    Toyota rolled out the Innova in India in 2005 but the car had not received any major facelift ever since. However, the all-new Innova looks a lot more stylish and sportier that than the existing model. Sharper lines on the bonnet and the bumper gives car a more aggressive face. A new grille with two chrome slats, well sculpted bumper with larger air-dam and sweptback projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights can be seen in the tease image.

    The new Innova will be offered with a 2.0-litre petrol and an all-new 2.4-litre GD diesel engine in some markets. However, India is likely to get only the 2.4-litre GD diesel engine, delivering 147bhp of power and 360Nm of torque. According to

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  • It’s not yet time to forget an iconic car from Maruti Suzuki that was so special to consumers and enthusiasts alike. A decade has passed since Maruti drew the curtains on the Baleno, but pictures of Maruti Baleno rally cars with a cloud of dust and flying dirt remain etched in our minds. Maruti is resurrecting the name Baleno, but this time, in the form of a premium hatchback. Built on Suzuki's new-generation platform, the new Baleno shares nothing but the name with the original one. The second product to be sold from Maruti's Nexa Experience showrooms, the Baleno will compete with Honda Jazz and Hyundai i20.


    The Baleno’s design is quirky but quite desirable. It’s fresh and one of the best we’ve seen from Maruti yet. The V-shaped grille is refreshingly new and a chrome strip beautifully blends it with the headlamps. Although similar to the Swift’s headlamps, they get projectors and daytime running lights, adding a little extra style to the front.

    Move to the side and you’ll

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  • Ford had been a niche player in India until 2010. Then they introduced the Figo, a car that became a runaway hit and turned the American carmaker’s fortunes in India. As the Figo went on to become one of the most popular choices in the B segment, Ford established itself as a strong player in the fiercely fought small car market.

    Hot on the heels of the success of the Figo Aspire compact sedan, Ford has launched the all-new Figo hatchback with substantial improvements over the previous model. Let’s find out what makes an already strong product even more compelling.


    Styling wasn’t the fist generation Figo’s strong suit, but in its second avatar, the car is an absolute head turner. Viewed up front, it’s easy to mistake the Figo for the Aspire because there’s nothing different from the sedan until the B pillar. The gaping grille with thin chrome bars gives the Figo the same character as its elder sibling - the Fiesta. The swept-back polygonal headlamp and the bonnet bulge add to its

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  • If you walk down the streets of downtown Yokohama, chances are high that one of these funky-looking vehicles will zip past you. Essentially an all-electric quadricycle, Nissan’s New Mobility Concept (NMC) is awaiting commercial launch because Japanese authorities are undecided on which category to slot this vehicle in.

    I’m equally confused as the Japanese regulators on what to call this car. It has two seats in tandem but it’s not a bike. It has four wheels but it doesn’t fit in the car category either. You can call it a ‘heavy quadricycle’ or an ‘ultracompact car’, however, what is important is not to find a category for this vehicle, but to encourage such concepts at a time when air pollution and traffic congestion have reached alarming levels.

    Nissan is a big name in the electric car market, with the Leaf being one of the most popular electric cars in the world today. New Mobility Concept (NMC) is the carmaker’s attempt to discover new ways in which electric vehicles can be designed

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  • Yahoo Movies Review: Katti Batti


    Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Imran Khan

    Direction: Nikhil Advani

    Rating: ** ½

    ‘Katti Batti’ is an immensely boring film. And what is infinitely more disappointing is that director Nikhil Advani has managed to rope in Bollywood’s reigning queen for this job and yet fails to deliver on expectations.

    You would expect that a love story is well within Advani’s comfort zone and narrating a credible modern-day romance wouldn’t really be the most daunting task for him. Turns out it is.

    This is a simple love story between an over-committed boy and a free-spirited girl and their share of contemporary relationship challenges. That sounds pretty straightforward but our director’s approach lacks finesse and watching the events unfold is exhausting and often confusing.

    Other films where the premise is almost similar have made for wholesome entertainers – remember, the Rahul Bose-Mallika Sherawat starrer ‘Pyar Ke Side Effects’ (2006), it was a fun film where Bose played the commitment-phobic boyfriend to

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  • Photos by Clint ThomasPhotos by Clint Thomas
    No other car in recent history has created as much buzz as the Renault Duster did. A brand not very familiar to Indians until then, Renault became a household name following the prodigious success of the Duster. Many studies have been conducted on what made the Duster such a popular choice and all of them pointed to one conclusion -- the originality and freshness in design backed by compelling price-value equation.

    Building on the success of the Duster, Renault is entering the small hatchback segment with the Kwid. Is the Kwid suitably armed to snap at the heels of the entrenched competitors in this segment? I spent a whole day in Goa with the Kwid to find that out.


    The Renault Kwid is a breath of fresh air in the boring entry-level segment. At the first glance, it’s difficult to figure out whether the Kwid is a hatchback or an SUV. In fact, it wouldn’t be an overstatement to call it a crossover of a hatchback and an SUV or even a shrunken Duster.

    Raised bonnet, a rugged grille,

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  • The entry-level hatchback segment is India’s favourite and the fiercest-fought, which accounts for 25 per cent of the car market. This matured segment with entrenched market leaders is the toughest to crack; yet new entrants see it as a strong category from an opportunity point of view.

    Customers are highly aspirational and extremely cautious in this segment and increased affordability has driven buyers to look for stylish design, modern features, better fuel efficiency and good service.

    Since most carmakers play it safe in this segment, there hasn’t been much innovation in terms of design or features. Industry leaders admit that the entry-level segment is not satisfying customer demands any longer.

    However, Datsun’s soon-to-be-launched entry-level small car, the redi-GO, stands out from the mundane and conventional styling of the econoboxes. The redi-GO concept was showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo and it reflected Datsun's key values of modernity, quality and inventive-thinking.

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  • The Audi A6 has a special connection with India. 30 years ago, when young cricketer Ravi Shastri was named Champion of Champions as India beat Pakistan in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia, he was handed the keys to a smashing Audi 100. Shastri took laps around the MCG in the Audi 100, with the team piled onto the car -- it stays indelibly etched in the memories of many cricket fans.

    The Audi 100 matured and mellowed over generations and in its latest A6 Matrix avatar, the car inherits many character traits from its big brother A8 and can even be called a “mini A8”.


    As with the previous generations, the A6 Matrix remains one of the most elegant and appealing designs in the executive car segment. The styling cues inherited from the A8 make it stand out from the crowd.

    The most obvious changes are up front. Apart from lending the car an aggressive scowl, the Matrix headlamps comprise an array of intelligent LEDs to give the driver a clear view of the road ahead, while

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  • Most say buying a convertible in India makes no sense. Dust, smoke, stink, noise… our cities offer the most unfavorable conditions for open-top motoring and the roof spends a lot more time up than down. However, convertibles are meant to be driven across wide-open country roads in fair weather with sun on face and wind in hair. Thankfully, our country has no dearth of such roads.

    Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet recently came to Bangalore to adorn the carmaker’s new state-of-the-art city showroom and the weather down south was just perfect to indulge in open-top motoring.


    I was not really comfortable driving this car around city; not for anything else, but because I’m slightly scopophobic. The E400 Cabriolet is such an attention-grabber that no one passes by without staring at the car and also the one behind the wheel.

    Talking about the styling, I would say the E400 Cabriolet is elegance personified. Viewed up front, the Cabriolet is a lot similar to the E-Class but the

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