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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 is set to join the compact SUV bandwagon with the launch of Creta in the second half of July. The wraps have officially come off the Creta recently, showing off a rugged compact SUV that has the looks of a mini-Santa Fe.

    Design

    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

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  • The Jetta has been one of the best sedans around - absolutely impressive in both the way it looks and drives. Volkswagen has recently launched the new Jetta, with handful of updates for 2015. Aside from some cosmetic changes to the exterior and cabin, the 2015 Jetta carries over unchanged.

    What’s New

    The Jetta has found favour with buyers for its unfussy, no-nonsense styling. In its newest avatar, the Jetta is an even more sanitized version of an already established design.  A new grille accentuates the car’s width, while the new bumper with redesigned airdam and foglamps add to the sharper look. The profile of the car remains untouched, save for the good-looking twin-5-spoke alloy wheels on the top trim diesel variant. The rear has a ‘son-of-Audi’ stance owing to the new tail lamp design, bumper and bootlid.

    The Jetta’s cabin is quintessential Volkswagen, exuding an air of solidity. The doors close with a reassuring clack and the new flat bottom steering wheel makes ingress and egress

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  • The previous-generation Hyundai Verna was nothing short of a super hit in the midsize sedan segment. With its combination of trailblazing fluidic style, best-in-class performance and generous equipment, the Verna easily convinced us that it was the best value for money in its segment. Now redesigned for 2015, the Hyundai Verna is a little more handsome, receiving refinements to its suspension, interior and feature content.

    What’s New

    A mellower version of its former self, the 2015 Verna stays close to its original fluidic recipe while adding more spice to its overall looks. The front fascia has been thoroughly redesigned to reflect contemporary tastes and trends. The signature hexagonal grille has made way for a wing shaped one with dual chrome slats. Surprisingly, the daytime running lights introduced in the 2014 Verna have been ditched for a simpler headlamp unit with projectors. Aggressively redesigned front bumper features boomerang shaped fog lamps that give the Verna a sportier

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  • Photos: Clint ThomasPhotos: Clint Thomas
    Honda’s Drive to Discover is something auto journalists look forward to every year, because it is one of the very few events that gives the opportunity to explore the diverse terrestrial and cultural environments of India. As a prelude to the Drive to Discover 2015, Honda organized a two-day drive to Rann of Kutch to introduce the new and improved Amaze and drive it across the sprawling expanse of Rann.

    A drive to Rann of Kutch was a dream come true for many of us, because Gujarat is not in the list of car manufacturers when it comes to organizing media test drive programmes. So with that first-time excitement, I joined a group of two dozen auto journalists in Ahmedabad to experience Gujarat roads for the first time.
    Over breakfast, a friend recommended I have as much non-veg food as I wanted because asking for non-veg in Gujarat gets you only shocked looks. The same applies to liquor, too. Before we could end a matter-of-fact discussion on how this could take a toll on Gujarat tourism,

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  • Mercedes Benz established a new class of elegance ten years ago, when it introduced the CLS four-door coupé.  With Its low, swoopy roofline, CLS represented exclusivity and has been influential on automotive design in the following years. The newest fruit of the carmaker’s youthful labour, the CLA, aims to replicate the success of the CLS.  The German carmaker’s most affordable sedan has already made young hearts throb but does it drive as well as it looks? Let’s find out.

    Design

    True, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, but some cars are destined to be absolute stunners - Mercedes Benz CLA is one of them. It looks highly desirable from every angle but rear three quarters view is just mind-blowing, thanks to the aesthetically designed tail lamps, twin tail pipes, brawny haunches and sculpted bumper. Riding on 17-inch alloy wheels, the CLA’s profile is characterized by a curvy rear window achieved by the sloping roofline. The expressive character lines lend the car an elongated

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  • Photos by Clint ThomasPhotos by Clint Thomas
    As the stroke of midnight rolled across time zones, sounds of fireworks, music and shouts from revelers dominated the otherwise unruffled ambience of Gajner Palace. Often referred to as a jewel in the Thar, Gajner Palace is indeed an oasis in the barren desert, enchanting in its green contrast to the sprawling sand dunes. Built on the edge of Gajner lake, this heritage property is also surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary, making it a traveler’s utopia.
    Gajner PalaceGajner Palace
    At one of the lakeside terraces of the palace, jubilant yells of folks who decided to spend their winter holidays with a good dose of adventure ushered in the New Year 2015. Standing by the lake in the teeth-chattering midnight cold was an adventure in itself, but the adventure I’m talking about had started a week earlier in Delhi, when Mahindra flagged off the Royal Escape 2014. I had all my New Year plans in place when Mahindra invited me to join the Royal Escape media team, but having partaken in many Mahindra Expeditions before and

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