Sergius Barretto

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    Sergius has been a part of the automotive industry for 18 years, fixing, selling, training and consulting on all things automotive. Auto enthusiast by birth. Auto engineer by education. Now auto journalist by profession.

    Stories By Sergius Barretto

    May 13, 2022 09:00:00 AM

    Future Tata Motors EVs will also offer multiple range opt...

    Like the Nexon, Tata is keen to offer multiple range options on its future EVs, says it's required to hit the sweet s...

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    Apr 30, 2022 11:35:00 AM

    Touchscreens are not the future, voice is: Tata Motors de...

    Despite being a future-looking concept, the Tata Avinya has very small screens, and none are dominating the cabin.

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    Apr 20, 2022 03:39:00 PM

    Why Datsun died

    The challenges that led to Datsun’s demise weren’t external, rather most came from within.

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    Apr 16, 2022 10:20:00 AM

    Maruti Suzuki Brezza could easily achieve 5-star crash ra...

    With the major facelift, Maruti Suzuki has as excellent opportunity to have its first 5-star rated car and the GNCAP ...

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    Apr 10, 2022 09:00:00 AM

    Opinion: How much protectionism is too much?

    The hue and cry over nationalism could be a step back in time for the industry, writes Sergius.

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    Apr 08, 2022 06:33:00 PM

    Differentiated body styles have worked well for us: Tata ...

    Despite being a coupe, Tata Motors believes the Curvv will be a mainstream player when launched.

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    Mar 30, 2022 07:47:00 PM

    EV fires: What’s going wrong?

    With the recent electric scooter fires, the spotlight is on EV safety and controlling a battery fire. We take a look ...

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    Feb 27, 2022 07:00:00 AM

    Opinion: It's all relative

    A second-hand Maruti 800 is safe, depending on where you’re coming from.

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    Feb 17, 2022 10:30:00 AM

    Global NCAP likely to conduct crash tests in India

    The global automotive safety watchdog also said it’s looking forward to the Bharat NCAP, but is ready to carry ...

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    May 25, 2022 06:00:00 PM

    Kia EV6 review: Has luxury EVs in its sights

    Kia India enters the EV race with its flagship product, the EV6. Can this born-electric vehicle make a mark?

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    Mar 28, 2022 09:15:00 AM

    2021 Skoda Superb long term review, third report

    The Superb's high ground clearance gave it an edge on pothole-strewn surfaces, and a 13kpl fuel efficiency was also v...

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    Mar 21, 2022 08:30:00 AM

    2022 Lexus NX video review

    The Lexus NX is back in an all-new avatar to take on the competition. We take it for a spin to get a first impression...

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    Mar 21, 2022 06:30:00 AM

    2022 Lexus NX review: The only Strong Hybrid in its class

    Its sharp angular looks are quite familiar, but underpinning the new NX is an all new platform, some new tech bits an...

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    Feb 27, 2022 12:00:00 PM

    Jeep Compass Trailhawk facelift video review

    The Trailhawk is the off-road focused version of the Compass. But what makes it special and how different is it to th...

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    Feb 27, 2022 12:00:00 PM

    Jeep Compass Trailhawk facelift review, test drive

    The off-road focused Compass makes a return with all the updates from the facelifted Compass. We spend a day with it ...

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    Nov 17, 2021 09:02:00 AM

    2021 Maruti Suzuki Celerio video review

    The second-gen Celerio has not only grown in size but is also the most fuel efficient petrol car now on sale in India...

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    Sep 30, 2021 12:00:00 PM

    MG Astor review, test drive

    Will MG’s tech heavy approach make an impact in the popular mid-size SUV segment?

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    Sep 23, 2021 08:00:00 AM

    Hyundai Creta long term review, second report

    Back from an extended stay in Goa, the Creta is still happy as a clam in the city, unlike its temporary owner.

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    May 09, 2021 08:00:00 AM

    Analysis: Car Shopping Online

    How did Indian car buyers shop online? We delve into Eccentric Engine’s Rearview 2020 report to highlight these...

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    Mar 13, 2021 03:32:00 PM

    Why EVs have a higher range in the city and not the highway

    Unlike conventional combustion-engine vehicles, EVs are more economical in the city rather than the highway and that ...

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    Feb 20, 2021 11:45:00 AM

    Why do EVs not have gearboxes?

    Unlike conventional IC-engine vehicles, nearly every EV makes use of just a single-ratio gearbox and that’s rea...

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    Feb 06, 2021 08:00:00 AM

    Truth behind the turbo-petrol’s efficiency

    On paper, a small turbo-petrol motor is supposed to have it all, efficiency, clean emissions and power too, yet in th...

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    Sep 13, 2020 07:00:00 AM

    Learning the ropes: Sailing a Maserati Multi 70

    A Maserati at sea? That’s certainly not an opportunity you let slide. We head to France to experience the fine ...

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    Nov 09, 2019 08:00:00 AM

    Go Goa Gone: A Road Trip in an Audi Q5

    Aside from the small dent in our wallet, we found the Q5 2.0L TFSI delivers a great deal on a family holiday to Goa.

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    Mar 09, 2019 07:00:00 AM

    Toy Story: Hot Wheels Design Centre

    Ask those who collect them and they’ll say they’re more than toys. One such lucky fan, Sergius Barretto, ...

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    Feb 23, 2019 07:00:00 AM

    A look back on 25 years of Mercedes in India

    2019 marks the silver jubilee of Mercedes in India. We look back at the story so far.

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    Feb 13, 2019 06:00:00 AM

    Datsun Heritage Museum experience

    We head to the heart of South Africa for a dose of Datsun.

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    Oct 04, 2021 09:00:00 AM

    Define and design

    Sergius talks about why Mahindra really needs to define who its customer is and also the brand.

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    Sep 10, 2021 03:32:00 PM

    The two big challenges for Ford’s CBU only plan

    Sergius talks about how Ford could handle its import only model going forward.

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    Jul 31, 2021 08:05:00 PM

    Powering up India's EV charge

    Should the Government consider a lower import duty for EVs or is OLA right in resisting it?

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    Jun 19, 2021 08:00:00 AM

    Self Reliance in Indian automotive sector

    Sergius talks about why there needs to be a measured approach towards self reliance in the Indian auto sector

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    Mar 30, 2021 07:00:00 AM

    Screen Time

    Sergius Barretto talks about how the increasing use of screens instead of buttons and dials, affects safety.

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    Mar 09, 2021 07:10:00 PM

    Why Volvo India will be all-electric before 2030

    Volvo India plans to have 80 percent sales come from all-electric vehicles by 2025, and it aims become an all-EV comp...

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    Feb 22, 2021 05:45:00 PM

    Get Shorty

    Sergius talks about the limitations of EVs and how shorter-range models will push the adoption of all-electric vehicles.

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    Jan 30, 2021 09:00:00 AM

    As easy as pie?

    Sergius talks about how entering niche segments could be more beneficial to carmakers than trying to vie for market s...

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    Dec 06, 2020 09:00:00 AM

    Revenge So Sweet

    Sergius talks about 'revenge buying' and the accompanying change in automobile customers buying patterns.

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