• 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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  • Thirty nine percent of compact sedan buyers make choices based on exterior design, surveys show. But designing a sub-4 metre sedan with pleasant styling and neat proportions still remains a challenge for automakers. Ford has skillfully leapt over that challenge, and the result is a very pretty compact sedan – the Figo Aspire.


    The Figo Aspire has a very satisfying design when compared to its closest rivals. The gaping grille with thin chrome bars gives the Aspire the same character as its elder sibling - the Fiesta. The swept-back polygonal headlamp and the bonnet bulge add to its attractiveness when viewed from front three quarters. Move to the sides and you immediately know it’s a compact sedan but thanks to an elongated character line and rising beltline, proportions appear balanced. Ditto for the car's posterior; the boot is well integrated and the wraparound taillights are joined by a chrome strip across the bootlid. The fact that the Figo Aspire is among the best-looking

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    Soon, you’ll start noticing car showrooms branded as ‘NEXA’ in your neighborhood. Decked-up with state-of-the-art facilities and service, NEXAs are nothing short of a luxury car showroom.

    NEXA is a new sales network, through which Maruti Suzuki will be selling its premium cars in future. A brand that’s never known for luxury or premiumness, Maruti is all set to change that image with the new chain and future premium products.

    The first car that makes to the NEXA outlet is the S-Cross, a premium crossover. Built on a completely new platform, the S-Cross is tasked with the responsibility of catapulting the brand into new territories.


    The S-Cross is quintessential crossover – raised ground clearance, integrated roof rails and black body cladding giving a familiar rugged look. However, this one looks more special and original than most of its rivals that have added a “Cross” to their hatchback siblings.

    Although the S-Cross has an aggressive nose comprising xenon projectors with

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  • Compact SUVs are flying out of showrooms in India. The winning formula is very simple – for not much money, you get the comfort and fuel efficiency of a car with the versatility of a big vehicle. Hyundai has joined  the compact SUV bandwagon with the launch of Creta, a rugged compact SUV that has the looks of a mini-Santa Fe.


    The Creta is very much a lifestyle statement. Despite being categorized as a compact SUV, the Creta is a well-formed vehicle with balanced proportions. The front has a very strong presence owing to the muscular grille, accompanied with beefy front bumper and large fog lamps. Projector headlamps are accentuated by Daytime Running Lights. In profile, the Creta stands tall on 17-inch alloy wheels and a rising character line along with roof rails add to the tall stance. The rear design is very clean and simple, with wide wraparound taillights. Overall, the fluidic design language isn’t as loud as seen on other Hyundais, but that’s a good thing on this SUV,

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