BharatBenz 3143 And 4940TT: A Closer Look At Daimler's New Heavy-Duty Trucks

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Thursday, May 28, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles has rolled out new heavy duty truck range - BharatBenz 3143 dump truck and 4940TT tractor - in the domestic deep mining segment.

Known as "Thunderbold" range, these trucks are developed and manufactured in India targeting both the domestic and other export markets.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Is Slim, Powerful Ever with Improved Aerodynamics

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Be the first to comment!
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro was recently official previewed at a special public event arranged at Detroit's Belle Isle Park in USA. Though the new design is not a radical transformation from the out-going model, a new chassis, fresh engine line-up, and smart technologies takes this car to a whole new level of 'pony' motoring.

At the time when Camaro's key opponents in its home land (USA), the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, are more exciting in looks and pretty powerful, redesigning it would have been a herculean task for the company's designers. While retaining its legendary muscular looks that define Camaro for almost 50 years, the new car is slim and sleep with better aerodynamic characters.

Why Are Your Third Row Seats Of SUV/ MPVs Totally Unsafe?

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Monday, May 18, 2015 Be the first to comment!
I see a lot of buyers these days who get easily (and pointlessly) excited about three rows of seats in modern compact cars. Most of them are not going to use the last row of seats frequently, yet they acknowledge the practicality and convenience these cars bring. Initially, only SUVs offered third row seating or with jump seats, but later we discovered the seven-seat MPV segment in our market. In just few years, MPVs became a fast-growing mass-car segment. We so find compact and sub-4 meter cars are offered with seven seats like the latest 2015 Datsun Go+.

It is true that seven-seaters offers great practicality and utility, but what we seem to conveniently ignore is the occupant's safety. The third rows are being squeezed indiscriminately into both SUVs and compact cars that are barely long enough to accommodate them, leaving barely inches between the seat and the rear of the vehicle. The safety importance behind the strength and design of the third row seats is also severely undermined by automakers.

Skoda FUNstar: Look What Trainees At Skoda Academy Have Done

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Thursday, May 14, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Skoda has previewed a pick-up truck concept named 'FUNstar' based on the new Fabia hatch. It has been designed by a team of 23 apprentices aged 17-18 from the ŠKODA AUTO Vocational School in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. The concept was unveiled yesterday at the GTI Meeting in Wörthersee, Austria. Skoda also presented the high-tech racer – Fabia R5 Combi – as an estate show car at the Wörthersee show.

Freightliner Inspiration Self-Driving Truck Just One Level From Complete Automation

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Saturday, May 09, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Daimler Trucks had some great news for us this week - they managed to get license from Nevada state of US for their self-driving Freightliner Inspiration Concept Truck, making it the world's first road-legal autonomous truck operating on the American highways. The 36-tonne truck opens up new future on automation levels in the commercial vehicles. With NHTSA’s Level 3 'Limited Self-Driving', this big rig is just one level away from pinnacle of automation, but then we also have to realise that it ain't any easy a deal to reach complete automation with present technologies and road standards any time soon.

Volvo V40 Cross Country Petrol Launched @ Rs.27 Lakhs

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Saturday, April 25, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Volvo Auto India, this week, launched the petrol variant of its V40 Cross Country premium hatch. The T4 petrol is now available at Volvo dealership across the country for a price for INR 27 lakhs (Ex-showroom Mumbai without Octroi). 

The petrol car is powered by T4 petrol engine – a 1.6-liter GDTi 4-cylinder turbo-charged direct injection – that pushes out 180 PS and 240 Nm of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission transfers power to the front wheels of the hatch. 

Luxury Carmakers Stir Up Their Own History To Appeal Buyers

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Rolls-Royce and Bentley, at the Geneva Motor show last month, called attention to their own histories to highlight their glorious pasts of making 'wonders' in their respective interpreted way and relating the nostalgia to their current ventures, especially those projects that are considered out of their range and stretch their core offerings. Using brand's history to advertise and gain symbolic mileage among buyers isn't anything new in the automotive industry, but here the luxury brands try to trace their historic feats to authenticate their new gambles. Why do they do that? Does history and its symbolism matter for luxury cars??

Land Rover ‘Evoque Plus’ Finally On Test, Will Be Ready by 2016

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Sunday, April 12, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Land Rover is working on an all-new seven-seat luxury crossover to address the potential gap in its product line-up between the compact Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. It is reported that the officially unnamed car (which media calls as 'Evoque Plus') has been spotted testing in Britain, with a possible debut by end of 2016. The new car will also spawn a first pure-electric Range Rover with an estimated 482 km driving range. The legendary British car maker with 4WD vehicles as its forte is stretching the possibilities of the Range Rover sub-brand for an amusing future.



Dhiyanesh is the prime mover of this weblog and is equally crazy about driving cars and writing about them. This guy loves everything with a steering wheel, and bikes doesn't fascinate him much. So, at someday if self-driving cars take up all driving, he is sure to go nuts! He is instinctively seduced to sedans of 90s era, and his dream garage will surely have a W140 S-Class and R34 Skyline GT. He snogs his 1999 Fiat Siena everyday lovingly, and drives a Ford Fiesta. He maintains a strong appetite for sociological perspectives on cars, their historical and cultural footprints. Now, he's also a part-time writer at (Read his posts here). Also finds it strange to have written this in third person!