• 2012 Renault Scala in India first drive August 26, 2012

    Renault India had promised that they would deliver five cars to the Indian customers by the end of this year and with the Scala that number is now complete. Scala, which means ladder, is being marketed by Renault with the tag line of step up. So does it have the...
  • 2012 Maruti Ertiga vs Toyota Innova July 25, 2012

    Mumbai: First things first. This can't be a straight comparison. Though the two vehicles subscribe to the MUV segment, the Innova is bigger and powerful and the Ertiga is trying to create a segment on its own. But those are technical details that can easily get brushed under the carpet...
  • India road test: 2012 Maruti Ertiga July 22, 2012

    Shooting in the dark requires skill. You need to be an excellent archer, have the right equipment and at the same time hope that your guess about the position of the target is bang on. The Ertiga was Maruti Suzuki shooting in the dark. Surely they must have had reams...
  • Review: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga April 13, 2012

    Out of the 15 million cars sold in India, Maruti Suzuki sells 10 million of them. That's the level of market share this manufacturer has in the Indian market. But in the MUV segment, Maruti dosen't have a strong vehicle. And this segment accounts for 14 per cent of the...
  • First drive: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga March 23, 2012

    Out of the 15 million cars sold in India, Maruti Suzuki sells 10 million of them. That's the level of market share this manufacturer has in the Indian market. But in the MUV segment, Maruti dosen't have a strong vehicle. And this segment accounts for 14 per cent of the...
  • Toyota Etios diesel first drive December 24, 2011

    Toyotas entry level sedan, the hugely successful Etios, now gets a diesel twin. And its ready to rattle. The diesel Etios is powered by Toyotas 1.4-litre, D-4D engine. So it has the same engine as the Corolla Altis but detuned to produce a maximum power of 68Ps at 3800rpm. It...
  • The diesel battle in the D-segment cars December 10, 2011

    Its an out and out gang war except here, unlike the Mumbai underworld, the characters have turned up in double-breasted suits, including the handkerchiefs sticking out of their pockets. Some of them have their hats on too. It is after all a battle to grab the eyeballs of the elite....
  • Toyota Liva's mileage is pleasantly shocking October 15, 2011

    Note to self: Do not floor it. Note to self: Cars passing you is okay. When you are on the highway, in an ultra marine blue Toyota Liva freshly minted out of the factory, it's an ultimate bummer to have to drive it like a cabbie, an old chap if...