2016 Hyundai Creta | Design Commentary

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Friday, July 31, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Hyundai's first-ever compact SUV is here in India. Named as 'Creta', this baby SUV seems to be big hit in terms of its reception in the Indian market even before its launch. We had two best cars on similar lines before - the Santa Fe and Elite i20 - both were outright hits in terms of their design and styling. How impressing is the new Creta in this regard, to join the league of amazing Hyundais with Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy? The Creta is amazingly easy on the eye and good-looking among its segment rivals. Yet, the design is feeble for a car of this sort and has been highly compromised for cost.

This Skoda Fabia TV Ad Will Screw Your Brain | Video

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Friday, July 03, 2015 Be the first to comment!

I don't really know whether the latest Skoda Fabia has 'attention stealing design' or whatever as claimed by this TVC, but then it would be completely stupid if we try explaining the tricks on display here. So, pin your ears back, and watch carefully! Good fun though.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel: When Small Is Wonder

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Monday, June 22, 2015 Be the first to comment!
An ultra-efficient diesel version of Maruti's budget hatch is here, thanks to Maruti Suzuki's first ever diesel motor - a 793cc 2-cylinder unit! (What an idea Sirji!!??!)

There was once a time, not so long ago, when people used to boast their car's whooping engine capacity and power outputs. When usual hatches had less than 1000cc engines under their hoods, mostly petrols, some special hatches were powered by larger 1.4-liter plus engines, which was something astonishing and worth swaggering. To the extent that Fiat Palio came with a massive 1.9-liter diesel mill. But now it's becoming vicey-versa. The recent downsizing trend in the car industry, where progressively smaller engines are being used in cars once came with larger motors, is slowly changing the scenario. This trend is increasingly felt in the small and compact diesel segment, much to our surprise.

Volvo’s First All-Electric Citybus Being Tested In Sweden

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Officially debuts at UITP Show in Milan; Commercial launch from 2017.

Volvo buses is carrying out final testing of its first-ever all-electric bus in Gothenburg, Sweden. The new electric bus concept officially debuted at the UITP Public-transport show in Milan, Italy, which started from June 8 last week, before entering into regular operations under “ElectriCity” cooperative venture in Sweden.

Renault Kwid: Will Carlos Ghosn Succeed This Time??

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Saturday, May 30, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has slightly reworked his ‘volume segment’ strategy and wants to register success this time, with the new Renault Kwid, right after a terrible stumble with the Datsun Go. Clearly, he has pulled a lovely pink bunny out of his hat – the Kwid is innovative, good looking, and perhaps affordable for an approximate price range around INR 3 to 4 lakh. He appears to have learnt essential lessons from the Datsun Go’s experience.

Yet the elephant in the room we miss out is Renault’s poor network and high maintanance/ service costs in India. Renault Kwid's approach is different from that of Datsun Go, and how far is Ghosn going to succeed is interesting to think about

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.

Codenamed as "Thunderbolt" 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.



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. And finds it strange to have written this in third person!