Our Maruti 800 Found Living In China As Jiangnan TT

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Monday, May 23, 2016 Be the first to comment!
Our country's "first people's car", the car we all love for its simplicity and mass acceptance - Maruti 800 - has been dead and gone for quite a spell in the Indian market, but it has been found living somewhere under a different name with little disguise, probably not even knowing her true parentage! Sold in China as Jiangnan TT, this cutie pie is the cheapest car available in their market, as it was the case in India for at least three decades. Jiangnan mainly targets lower-income countryside buyers in smaller cities, to whom status out of car doesn't really matter. But dwindling demand for this simple and iconic models suggests that the car may not last long forever in the market. 

2017 Audi A3 Sedan (Facelift) Indian Launch By October

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Sunday, May 22, 2016 Be the first to comment!
Back in 2014, Audi launched the third-gen A3 sedan, the first compact luxury sedan to hit the Indian market. The car has received a mid-term facelift, with the company offering fresh looks, new engine options, added safety features, and the elegant Matrix LED headlamps and admirable Virtual Cockpit all-digital instrument cluster for the first time in the compact segment. With its only rival in India - Mercedes-Benz CLA - that has also got a mid-term makeover quite recently, the refreshed A3 is now pepped-up and more equipped to face the competition.

Truck Platooning: For Safer, Cleaner, & Efficient Transport

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Sunday, May 22, 2016 Be the first to comment!
Volvo Trucks platooned
All through my childhood, I grew up watching strings of ants marching up and down the wall, one by one following the other ant in front of it. Moving in a straight line, they carry crumbs of food in such an orderly flow and articulated pace as I stand and watch them. This idea must have admired someone in the truck engineering field sometime before, as it struck me when I came to know about the technique of Truck Platooning. By making lorries drive closely together as a convoy in semi-automated mode using wireless connectivity and autonomous systems, the potential of safer, cleaner and more efficient cargo transport has been unlocked. The recent European Truck Platooning Challenge initiative has given a great boost to the feasibility of the platooning idea, with the subject high on the foresight of truck makers and EU policy makers.

Why Mahindra Scorpio Failed Global NCAP Crash Test?

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Friday, May 20, 2016 Be the first to comment!
2016 Mahindra Scorpio Global NCAP Crash Test
In an yet another shocking clean sweep, five Indian cars have failed to pass the latest round of crash tests conducted by Global NCAP in Faridabad recently, including the high-selling budget SUV Mahindra Scorpio, which received a generational makeover only in 2014. The home-grown SUV (non-airbag variant) secured zero star rating for adult occupancy protection and a mere two star for child protection. The crash test has revealed the high probability of life threatening injuries for at least one of the adult passengers, thanks to ‘unstable’ body shell and absence of standard front-dual airbags.

2016 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (Facelift) - In Pictures

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Be the first to comment!
Cerulean Blue Alto 800
Maruti Suzuki has updated its entry-level product aimed at masses - the Alto 800 - with prices ranging from INR 2.49 lakhs (STD trim) to INR 3.34 lakhs for the top-trim VXi (O). The latest additions include marginal exterior design and interior tweaks, two new body colours, and a spike in fuel efficiency. 

2017 Fiat Mobi Is A Hippy Small Car - In Pictures

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Thursday, April 28, 2016 Be the first to comment!
Tiny cars are the new-age soothsayers for carmakers. After the Indian-market aimed Datsun redi-GO, it's time to talk about an another small car primarily aimed at the Brazilian market - the all-new Fiat Mobi super-mini hatchback. With a rather unconventional design and petite proportions, the Mobi is an yet-another urban car with jacked-up ground clearance and aggressive crossover-like orientation that are clearly gaining huge momentum in the global automotive dais. The Mobi will take on the upcoming VW Up! and Renault Kwid in the Brazilian sub-compact hatch market.

2017 Tesla Model S (Facelift) - In Pictures

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Saturday, April 23, 2016 Be the first to comment!
Tesla Motors has recently revealed the face-lifted Model S with few styling and interior tweaks. Since its inception in 2011, Model S has grabbed the entire motoring world's attention not just for its pure-electric and high-tech pedigree, but also equally for its design. With the facelift, the Model S now looks more like its latest siblings - Model X and Model 3. Ranked as the world's best selling plug-in electric vehicle in 2015, the Model S is the most technologically-advanced and enchanting full-size luxury electric car one can buy in this planet. 

Scania Citywide 12m Low Entry Urban Bus - Tech Specs, Photos, & Review

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Friday, April 22, 2016 Be the first to comment!
Scania Citywide LE 12m Indian-spec
At the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo last February, Scania CV India displayed its flagship city or sub-urban bus 'Citywide' for the first time in India. This low-entry bus range has been quite successful in global markets since its inception in 2011, thanks to the brand's reliable construction, engineering, and fuel-efficient technologies. The company is expanding its local assembly in India, and will consecutively include the Citywide range as well in the days to come. The Citywide's high point is its hybridized engine that can also run on renewable fuels like bio-ethanol, bio-diesel and bio-methane along with the conventional diesel, a first-of-its kind in India. Moreover, the Citywide will compete the popular and only-premium urban bus in the Indian market - Volvo 8400 Low-Floor



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!