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  • Tata Bolt review: This is a car that will get noticed October 25, 2014

    Hypothetical situation - what if the Bolt did not have the Tata badge on it, would it make you look at this car a bit more keenly? Well you should. The Bolt then is what Tata Motors hopes will bring about a difference in the way it's perceived in the Indian...
  • Fiat Avventura review: This fresh car sits much higher than other crossover hatchbacks October 22, 2014

    The word 'Avventura' is Italian for 'Adventure'. Couple the English word with 'Fiat' and it could remind you of its namesake from a decade ago. In recent times though, the Avventura name became popular with the jazzy orange crossover concept that Fiat showed at the 2014 Auto Expo in New...
  • Maruti Ciaz review: Competitively priced, it's another stunner from Maruti October 7, 2014

    It's been seven years since Maruti's last proper sedan, the SX4 was launched in India and they are all set to launch its successor the Ciaz, this festive season. Maruti just invited us to Jaipur for a preview of the new sedan. Here's what we learnt from the drive. The Ciaz...
  • Mahindra Gusto review: The nicest scooter built by Mahindra to date September 29, 2014

    The Mahindra Gusto is the company's first attempt at the competitive 110cc scooter market in the country and is priced at Rs 43,000 for the DX and Rs 47,000 for the VX ex-Delhi. What I like most about the Gusto is that it is an interesting and fairly unique looking...
  • New Mahindra Scorpio review: The Scorpio just received its biggest upgrade September 25, 2014

    If there was a book on the most significant cars that defined the Indian automobile industry, the Mahindra Scorpio would definitely feature in it. More than a decade after launch, it still is one of the top-selling vehicles in the highly competitive SUV segment. In some states in India, it...
  • 2014 Hero Karizma ZMR review: Improves upon many but not all aspects of the previous bikes September 12, 2014

    The reactions to the reveal of the new Karizma were pretty strong. For every comment that said the new bike looked great, there was one person who claimed to have his eyes glaze over at Hero's umpteeth cosmetic update to the motorcycle. And two others who hated the way it...
  • TVS Scooty Zest review: A fun, light and agile scooter August 22, 2014

    The Scooty is a big brand name at TVS. In many ways it was synonymous with the girls' scooter as a generic name for a while. TVS does make two Scootys right now, but this scooter here is all new and TVS says it is aimed at young girls who...
  • Hyundai Elite i20 review: An evolutionary product that could take the competition back to the drawing board August 19, 2014

    The Indian automotive industry is showing some signs of recovery, the last couple of months has sales graphs climbing steadily north. Make no mistake however, this is not a blanket growth. Not every manufacturer is showing a coming back to form, the buoyancy is coming in from a handful of...
  • Tata Zest review: A highly competent car that can match the Xcent, Amaze or Dzire August 12, 2014

    The Zest has been drawn from the ground up, keeping all of Tata Motors' baggage from the past aside. Work on this car began nearly three years ago involving over 6,000 engineers and technicians spread across 11 technical centers in five countries. That might seem like a lot of manpower...
  • Honda Mobilio diesel vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi: Honda's first MPV has the jaws to bite away a significant chunk from the Ertiga's share of pie July 26, 2014

    There are many MPVs out there in the market, more so in the subtenlakh rupee bracket. But there is a new breed that has taken birth MPVs that are based on smallcar platforms, have small engines too, but still promise large space and a carlike driving feel. I like...
  • Overdrive: Meet The Neighbours June 29, 2014

    Overdrive in partnership with Nissan is set to embark on an epic drive called 'Meet The Neighbours', which as the name suggests intends to meet our neighbours. In this episode, we take you through Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. ...
  • Overdrive: Review of 2014 BMW X5, Toyota Etios Cross May 24, 2014

    In this episode of overdrive, we review the 2014 BMW X5 and Toyota's Etios Cross. Also on the show, get all the world motoring news and much more. ...
  • Honda Activa 125 review: Features and Honda reliability likely to attract customers May 9, 2014

    We have just ridden the new Activa 125. Unveiled first at the 2014 Auto Expo, the Activa 125 uses the Activa 110's familiar body but with a bigger, 125cc engine. It squares off against the Suzuki Access, the Vespa and the Mahindra Rodeo / Duro. Looks In a passing glance, it is...
  • Harley-Davidson Street 750 review: It's value for money March 30, 2014

    We have ridden the Harley-Davidson Street 750 in Delhi and the first ride answered great many questions that were playing on our minds - Is this an authentic Harley-Davidson, or is it worth our money? Here are seven of these questions answered. 1. Does it look like a Harley? It does but...
  • Overdrive: Review of 2014 Mini Cooper March 15, 2014

    In this episode of Overdrive, we review the 2014 Mini Cooper, all the world motoring news and much more. ...
  • Yamaha Alpha review: Gently absorbs bumps, feels nimble at low speeds March 3, 2014

    Yamaha started their Indian scooter operations with the Ray. Then came the Ray Z. The third scooter based on the same platform, the Alpha debuted at the 2014 Auto Expo. While the Ray was for the ladies and the Ray Z for the men, the Alpha is for the family,...
  • Overdrive: Review of Hyundai Santa Fe March 1, 2014

    Hyundai has launched the new generation Santa Fe that is high on looks. The car is available at Rs 26 lakh in Delhi showrooms. It has an athletic design called 'The Storms Edge' and its interiors are unique to its segment. ...
  • Datsun Go review: A decent entry-level hatchback Indian consumers are looking for March 1, 2014

    A year after its official unveiling, the Datsun GO is finally here and we have driven it in Hyderabad. The car will go on sale in a few weeks from now and Datsun has already shown the car to its prospective customers by way of feedback seminars, showroom previews and,...
  • Overdrive: Review of Maruti Suzuki Celerio February 15, 2014

    Maruti Suzuki Celerio is the first car in India to get an automated manual transmission. However, the car's look is deceptively similar to the Alto and the Etios. ...
  • Maruti Suzuki Celerio review: The transmission makes all the difference February 8, 2014

    After a remarkably quiet 2013 Maruti Suzuki has begun spreading its gigantic wings all over 2014. They begin the year with a brand new offering aimed squarely at the Indian market. The Celerio, if you aren't aware of it by now, is a hatchback that will eventually replace the AStar...
  • Tata Nano Twist XT review: Inclusion of the power steering is a right move January 14, 2014

    The Nano is one of the most compact cars sold in India. It is surprisingly spacious considering its small footprint and a boon to drive through congested roads and narrow streets. The Nano though does have its share of drawbacks and since its launch about five years ago, the car...
  • 2014 Honda City diesel review: Promises to be another bestseller January 9, 2014

    Honda has finally launched the much awaited City in India, and this shows how important the C sedan is for the Indian market. After all, the City has been Honda India's bestselling nameplate. In the last few years, the car lost out to a few rivals since it lacked a...
  • Overdrive: Review of Mercedes Benz SClass January 5, 2014

    Mercedes Benz is launching SClass this year and it is launched once in 10 years. The car claimed the tag of best car in the world. 'S' in the 'SClass' stands for 'Sonder' or 'Special'. The first Merc to be officially called 'SClass' was W116 in 1972. ...
  • Overdrive: Review of New Honda City December 21, 2013

    Japanese carmaker Honda has come up with the new City. Honda claims that the new City iDTEC will be the most fuelefficient car in the country, with a claimed fuel efficiency of 26kpl. ...
  • Overdrive: Review of Skoda Octavia December 14, 2013

    On this episode of Overdrive, we review the all new Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra, all the world motoring news and much more. ...
  • Overdrive: Catch all the action from 2013 Tokyo and LA Motor Shows November 30, 2013

    On this episode of Overdrive, catch all the action from 2013 Tokyo and LA Motor shows, plus all the world motoring news. ...
  • First ride: 2013 KTM 690 Duke first ride November 24, 2013

    I'm completely out of my depth in this environment. I'm so far out of my depth I'm wondering if I should just roll back the throttle and settle for riding the 690 Duke at my own pace. At the very least I'd be able to return home in one piece...
  • Overdrive: Review of Audi RS5 October 19, 2013

    On this episode of Overdrive, we review the Audi RS5 and Mercedes E63 AMG, all the world motoring news and much more. ...
  • Overdrive: Review of 2013 BMW Z4 October 5, 2013

    On this episode of Overdrive, we review the 2013 BMW Z4, all the world motoring news and much more. ...
  • Range Rover Sport review: It's positioned between Range Rover and Evoque October 1, 2013

    If you thought the Range Rover Sport is a sportier version of the Range Rover, you won't be very wrong, but there is more to this SUV than just a sporty demeanour. It's an SUV positioned between the Range Rover and the Evoque, borrowing some of the best from both. Being...

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The biggest car launches of 2014

While Maruti launched its first new sedan car in seven years, Honda introduced its first MPV in 2014. Here is our list of the biggest car launches of the year 2014.