Being a fighter for underdogs throughout my life, I have always had a soft corner for the North East states as I feel they are the rather neglected children of India! And having heard a lot about the virgin beauty of the not-so-commercialized part of Himalayas, I wanted to see for myself how different life is for them. So while a trip to Arunachal Pradesh is not in the ‘places to see before I die’ list for many travelers, for me it has been a dream destination for a very long time. Read More
In the highly contentious debate on environmental pollution, the focus has slowly shifted from industries to automobiles. The automotive industry is being increasingly looked at as the single biggest entity that contributes to, and hence, can have a significant impact on the carbon footprint. Read More
Drive a vintage car down the road and what do you get? Looks of awe, wistful stares, and above all, curious enquiries about the make and model of the car. Well, vintage cars or classic cars as they are also known as, are certainly always ‘a neighbour’s envy and an owner’s pride’. Read More
With changing lifestyles over the last few years, there is a growing fondness for SUVs amongst urban Indians looking for a second car, specially compact SUVs. Whereas a decade back, you had almost no choice and were forced to buy either a Mahindra or a Tata, these days almost every month you see a new model being launched. Read More
A collaborative vision of the Government of India and the Indian Automotive Industry, the Automotive Mission Plan 2016-2026 (AMP 2026) , was unveiled in September 2015 at the 55th annual convention of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers’ Association. Taking up from AMP 2016, AMP 2026’s focus is on drawing a road map for where the industry should be by 2026. Read More
Online marketplaces have become a favourite today with shoppers, especially for apparel, white goods and kitchen appliances. But what about something like automotives? Are customers ready to make the transition from brick and mortar dealers to the Internet? Can they just put the car of their dreams in a shopping cart and pay for it with a credit card?
The World Car Awards (WCA) is one of the most exclusive and recognized awards in the automotive sector, especially as it is organized by automotive journalists from across the world. Initiated in 2004, the WCA includes journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. Cars from all over the world enter these highly prestigious awards. A panel of renowned global design experts review each candidate and come up with a short-list for the jurors.
While multiple hatchbacks and sedans are being launched every few months in the mid-range segment, the luxury segment is a tad different. There are more SUVs than sedans being introduced in the top-end. For the well-heeled and well-travelled, SUVs are the norm, more than cars. While till a few years back, limousines signified class, now SUVs are a more acceptable image for the ultra-rich, for the young and old alike. Read More
Popularly regarded as “the surgical strike on black money”, the currency demonetization drive initiated by the Indian government will impact different industries and sectors directly or indirectly. According to Care Ratings, the currency demonetization will affect sectors ranging from consumer goods and real estate to luxury goods and automobiles. And the automobile industry will be impacted “only to a certain limit” by the scrapping of older 500 and 1000 rupees notes.
For a child of the sixties growing up in West Bengal, the Ambassador, “King of the Indian Roads” was a part of the landscape and aspiration – the ultimate symbol of success.