Akbar Merchant

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    Sep 22, 2022 10:50:00 AM

    MG’s sister brand Baojun shows rugged-looking EV SUV

    The new Baojun micro SUV has a 100hp+ full-electric powertrain; expected to be under three metres long.

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    Sep 21, 2022 12:00:00 PM

    Road Transport Ministry issues draft notification for man...

    Interestingly, the notification for mandatory rear seat belt warning makes no provision for side facing seats.

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    Sep 21, 2022 11:26:00 AM

    Tata Punch Camo edition launch tomorrow

    Tata's Camo Edition makes a comeback with the Punch; will be sold alongside the Punch Kaziranga Edition.

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    Sep 20, 2022 06:22:00 PM

    Uber India directs its drivers to ensure rear seat belts ...

    Uber is also said to be conducting checks at airports to ensure its drivers are complying with seat belt norms.

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    Sep 20, 2022 01:41:00 PM

    Made-in-India Suzuki Ertiga gets 360-degree camera, more ...

    Suzuki has unveiled the updated Ertiga at the 2022 Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS); uses last-gen K15B pet...

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    Sep 14, 2022 06:50:00 PM

    Mahindra Scorpio N waiting period crosses 2 years

    The Mahindra Scorpio N petrol Z8 L has the lowest waiting period, at slightly under 20 months. Here’s a compreh...

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    Sep 12, 2022 06:30:00 PM

    Mahindra XUV700 waiting period reduced by 3 months

    AX7 L waiting period comes down to 16 months; average of 6,000 XUV700 units being delivered per month.

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    Sep 12, 2022 04:08:00 PM

    New Citroen seven seater being readied for India

    New C3-based three row crossover could be a potential rival to the Ertiga and XL6 among other three row models.

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    Sep 12, 2022 02:54:00 PM

    Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5 door spied in India ahead of Auto E...

    First sighting of right-hand drive five-door Jimny in India; expected to come with new 1.5-litre K15C petrol engine.

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    May 30, 2022 09:00:00 AM

    Renault Kiger long term review, third report

    The stylish Kiger replaces the Kwid as my daily runabout.

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    Jan 27, 2022 09:00:00 AM

    2022 Tata Tiago CNG review, test drive

    The Tiago enters the CNG arena with a complete variant line-up. Does it have what it takes to entice the value as wel...

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    Jan 10, 2022 08:00:00 AM

    Renault Triber AMT long term review, third report

    The Triber AMT is arguably the busiest long-termer in our fleet right now.

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    Nov 29, 2021 08:00:00 AM

    Renault Kwid Climber long term review, second report

    As Mumbai slowly gets back on track, our long-term Kwid Climber becomes my de facto ride to work.

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    Aug 15, 2021 07:00:00 AM

    Renault Triber AMT long term review, second report

    The Triber takes a break from its regular office duty to help with daily errands and some community service.

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    May 22, 2021 07:00:00 AM

    New Renault Kwid Climber long term review, first report

    The Kwid Climber replaces our S-Presso as the smallest member of the fleet.

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    Dec 13, 2020 07:00:00 AM

    Maruti Suzuki S-Presso long term review, final report

    After its one-year stint with us, the compact S-Presso leaves us impressed with its city-friendly nature.

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    Oct 08, 2020 07:00:00 AM

    Maruti Suzuki S-Presso long term review, second report

    The S-Presso now dons the role of a weekend car, due to the ‘new normal’.

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    Jan 20, 2020 06:00:00 AM

    Maruti Suzuki S-Presso long term review, first report

    Our latest long-termer is one that draws a lot of attention wherever it goes.

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    Aug 23, 2020 08:00:00 AM

    5 cars badged '250'

    We take a look at the cars that have carried the '250' badged in either their names or designations.

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    Mar 07, 2020 06:00:00 AM

    Rolling Royalty: 21 Gun Salute Rally feature

    The 9th edition of 21 Gun Salute showcased the finest classic and vintage cars from India and overseas. We bring you ...

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    May 28, 2018 06:04:00 PM

    Behind the scenes: Unsung heroes of the airport

    While we drool over the latest aeroplanes at airports, there are high-tech wheels scurrying around and keeping everyt...

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    Apr 25, 2017 12:07:00 PM

    Flying on a 1940 Breitling DC-3 in India

    We get on board the iconic Breitling DC-3 airplane which has embarked on a world tour.

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    Feb 07, 2017 11:11:00 AM

    Off-roading with the Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee

    ​​We experience the Jeep Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee’s off-road capabilities on a specially des...

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    Aug 23, 2015 08:00:00 AM

    Tomorrow's tech today

    Bosch believes that hard-core autonomous tech can find its way into the mass market in the near future. Akbar Merchan...

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    Poll of the month

    Do strong hybrids make financial sense?

    Yes, because fuel costs per litre are very low



    No, diesels are cheaper to buy and quite efficient



    No, I'd rather spend more and buy an EV



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