The charm of going on overseas assignment, for any travel buff, is exploring a new place. Hence, while on a short assignment near the famed Lake district in UK, my plan was to use all weekends to their fullest and explore the beautiful English countryside. Fortunately, with me was a group of like-minded colleagues, equally keen on discovering Britain before it was time to leave. The fact that I had taken an international driving permit was a boon since adventure and public transport do not really go well together, at least not in UK.
December 2016 saw the who’s who of the automotive sector descend upon the glittering NDTV Car and Bike Awards. Over 12 years, these awards, launched with the aim of honoring excellence in performance, have grown from strength to strength, and now stand out as the leader of the automotive awards in India. An eminent jury comprising of the top names in the country, a fair selection process and credible names associated with it make the NDTV car and bike awards the Oscars of the auto sector in the country.
The Union Budget to be presented on February 1, 2017 has the entire nation on tenterhooks. Post demonetisation, growth appears to have slowed down, and automobiles, like most other industries has seen a negative impact. A decline of almost 19% in vehicular sales was seen in December, a sixteen year low. The restrictions on diesel vehicles of more than 2000cc in the NCR market and anti-diesel sentiment have also impacted automobile sales. In this scenario, the upcoming budget is extremely crucial for the sector.
Continuous innovation in the automotive sector has led to features in cars today that were unthinkable a few years back. Power windows, deemed regular features in most cars today, were a dream a decade back. Sat nav, parking sensors, one-touch ignition… the list goes on and on.
The long wait is almost over…Ending all speculations, Lexus, Toyota’s ode to luxury, will enter India in March. It’s been confirmed that Mumbai will have the first dealership of Lexus in the country. As of now, all the cars will be imported from Japan. Toyota is finalising its plans for setting up factories in India, but that’s expected to take some time. Interestingly, bookings have already started, though delivery will only happen post-launch. Apparently, Toyota has started accepting bookings to gauge the interest in the Lexus before it goes all out and launches it.
2016 saw a lot happening in the Indian automobile industry. The 2016 Auto Expo in February 2016 saw more than seventy new launches and unveilings, setting the ball rolling. The year also saw its share of revamped versions hitting the market. Though of course, not all won the customers’ hearts. Though it was tough to choose just 5 cars that made hearts race, we did it, just for you. The 5 superhits of 2016, in our opinion, in no particular order, are:
Haunted roads do exist, not only in our imagination but in reality. Replete with strange sightings and frequent accidents. India is probably the country with the largest number of haunted roads. And, here is a list of arguably the most haunted roads in the country.
“There is no love more sincere than the love for food” said George Bernard Shaw. If this is gospel truth for you, then you are a die-hard foodie. And for a foodie in India, NH 44 is paradise – a sublime and delicious experience.
In spite of the negative impact on the industry due to the demonetization drive, automotive majorsare all set for their new launches in 2017. The first half of the year will see a slew of new cars, while it’s impossible to really evaluate the cars before they are on the market, here is what Truebil is excited about. Read More
Mumbai – a city of many faiths and convictions. A city where cultural diversities are so many in number, a place where secularism goes hand in hand with traditions. Though it is widely believed that Mumbai is a city that never sleeps and life here is really hectic, people of Mumbai do find time to celebrate festivals with fervour and passion. Be it Ganpati, Diwali, Eid or Christmas, Mumbai is all lit up in bright and dazzling lights to entice every soul around, irrespective of their religions. Read More