2016 Fiat 500X Is Iconically Italian As The 500 | Design Commentary

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Sunday, September 27, 2015 Be the first to comment!
The challenge was to design a car that was very much 500, but at the same time very different. It has to be substantially larger than the 500, but not in the same way as 500L. It's gonna be a crossover, yet it has to retain the “500ness” of the original car, by rethinking what the 500 could be. And the outcome was totally unbelievable - a more mature, masculine, yet elegant crossover 500X with added Italian flavours. Fiat believes that the 500X would be a real game changer for the Italian brand, at the same time paying tribute to the legendary car.

Volkswagen, Audi's 'Dieselgate' Emission Scandal: All You Have To Know (A-Z Explained)

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Thursday, September 24, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Timing couldn’t be any perfect. When Volkswagen Group was lauded at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show last week for bringing a host of zero-emission electric concepts, the U.S’s EPA has found VW and Audi cheating on emission standards for their select diesel cars using a ‘defeat device’ in car’s ECU software that implements full pollutant controls to curb nitrogen oxide emissions only when the car is being tested for emissions. VW now faces hefty fines, criminal charges, and a class action suit apart from being asked to recall those affected cars sold from 2009 to present. The scandal is a testimony to the fact that automaker, however reputed they are, flout emission laws of every nations including US, the big boss in all legal standards.

Here is all you have to know about the biggest scandal the Volkswagen group has tangled itself in its 78-years glorious history. "#dieselgate"

2016 Suzuki Baleno (YRA) Is A Trendy Hatch India Can't Wait For

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Saturday, September 19, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Suzuki has unveiled its all-new Baleno hatchback at the on-going 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. The hatchback, like none before, is a blend of humble design, compact body, spacious interior, and efficient engine package. The India-made Baleno is one among the key models that the Japanese automaker is working on to pep up its global image. In India too, Maruti Suzuki has confirmed the launch of this new trendy hatch (codenamed YRA for India) this year, likely in the festive season of Diwali next month. Many, including me, feel that the car should be named "Zen" in our country so as to recall its strong legacy in Indian car scene.

Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept Is An Onslaught On Tesla's Electric Conquest

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Monday, September 14, 2015 Be the first to comment!
The sharp-looking e-tron Quattro concept previews 2018 Audi Q6 Coupe Crossover, an all-electric production SUV whose target competition would be Tesla Model X.

I'm a great fan of car electrification. What one can realise in recent times is that every auto giants are going to bring up something big on electrification in the immediate future. BMW's i range is catching up to speed, and Tesla is undeniably on fire, setting stage for a real EV revolution in the luxury segment, while Audi has been waffling a little in the electric arena with its hyped R8 e-tron. And here come the game changer!!

Volvo Trucks' Tandem Axle Lift Function Saves Fuel, Ensures Better Road Grip

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Saturday, September 12, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Volvo Trucks has introduced a new axle management function - Tandem Axle Lift - that makes it possible to disengage and lift the second driven axle even while the truck is moving.

Volvo claims that the feature ensures better road grip and manoeuvrability, and up to 4 percent reduced fuel consumption when the truck is driven unladen.

2017 Bentley Bentayga: The Fastest And Most Powerful SUV Revealed

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Wednesday, September 09, 2015 Be the first to comment!
An all-new W12 engine makes 600 horsepower; Top speed @ 301 kmph.

“They say anything worth having is worth the wait” is an old saying. What could be more cherished than a big beefy SUV with a “Big B” flying wings insignia on it?? And the long wait has finally paid off, the Bentley Bentayga - touted as "the fastest, most powerful, luxurious and exclusive SUV ever made in planet earth" - has been officially revealed ahead of next week's big show.

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.



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!