BharatBenz Front-Engined Buses: Tech Specifications & Review

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Saturday, August 29, 2015 Be the first to comment!
The Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV)  has already started rolling out buses from its plant in Chennai since last month, and has now announced that their sales will commence from next month onwards. BharatBenz, a fully-owned subsidiary of DICV, will be offering passenger vehicles of intermediate range (mid-premium, medium-size 9 tonne category) with front engine best suited for short distance travel targeting school, staff and tourist transportation.

Ferrari California T Marks Re-return Of Prancing Horse To India

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Ferrari has officially made a grand return to the Indian market with the launch of its grand touring sports car California T with a price tag of INR 3.45 Crores (ex-showroom, New Delhi). This hardtop convertible will be the cheapest Ferrari model in the Italian sportscar brand's Indian stable and will be sold by two handpicked dealers - Select Cars in Delhi NCT and Navnit Motors in Mumbai.

2016 Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet Teased Before Frankfurt Debut

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Mercedes Benz is adding a ridiculously lovely two-door convertible to the S-Class family - which awaits first ever public preview at the upcoming 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show next month. The official teaser image showing the new S-Class Cabrio alongside its original forerunner conveys that the grandeur is back. After bringing back the glory days of personal luxury with its S-Class Maybach and Coupe, Mercedes tries to repeat the wonder with the cabriolet as well.

Italian CV Giant IVECO Turns 40 This Year

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Friday, August 07, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Industrial Vehicles Corporation, shortly known as Iveco, is blowing out 40 candles this year as the company celebrates 40th year of its operations. Being one of the top CV maker in global markets, Iveco operates business in over 160 countries with manufacturing facilities in Europe, China, Russia, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, and Africa. Though the brand is totally unheard in India, Iveco came under a brief joint-venture with Ashok Leyland in 1980s for producing the 'Cargo' series truck by the latter, beginning a new epoch in India's commercial vehicle industry with the first-ever factory-fitted cabs.

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.



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!