Sergius Barretto

    Autocar India

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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

    Jun 06, 2023 06:34:00 PM

    Honda Elevate to skip hybrid and go straight to EV

    The hybrid powertrain from the City will not find its way to the new Elevate SUV.

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    May 19, 2023 03:33:00 PM

    Porsche Cayenne facelift to be sold only in base V6 guise...

    Internationally, the SUV is also available with a V6 hybrid and two V8 options.

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    Apr 07, 2023 05:03:00 PM

    Suzuki Boosterjet engine to power more Maruti cars and SUVs

    Maruti has localised the 1.0 Boosterjet engine and says it will use it in more models like the Baleno. Swift Sport, a...

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    Apr 05, 2023 09:11:00 PM

    Hyundai Ioniq 6 wins 2023 World Car of the Year award

    Hyundai’s EV also achieved a hat-trick bagging the 2023 World Electric Vehicle and World Car Design of the Year...

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    Mar 24, 2023 07:17:00 PM

    ‘VW ID.2all an interesting candidate for India': CE...

    The VW ID.2all hatch and small electric SUV will arrive in India after 2026, but only after heavy localisation.

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    Mar 13, 2023 05:56:00 PM

    All-electric Porsche Cayenne confirmed for 2026 debut

    The Macan EV is slated for a 2024 launch, while the 718 EV could arrive by 2025.

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    Feb 13, 2023 12:10:00 PM

    Renault Nissan India confirms 4 new SUVs, 2 EVs

    Alliance partners rejig their JV stake to 51:49 with Nissan holding the majority.

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    Feb 02, 2023 01:33:00 PM

    Imported SUVs, cars could get pricier as Budget 2023 rais...

    The Government has ditched the 10 percent social welfare surcharge but hiked the overall customs duty to 70 percent f...

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    Jan 09, 2023 06:03:00 AM

    Renault Kiger EV spotted at Pravaig plant

    While a spy shot shows a Renault-built and developed Kiger EV, a sighting at Pravaig Dynamics facility throws up an i...

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    May 16, 2023 10:55:00 AM

    Porsche Cayenne facelift video review

    The Porsche Cayenne has just received a big update that brings in revised styling, a redone interior and reworked eng...

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    May 16, 2023 03:31:00 AM

    Porsche Cayenne facelift review: Extending the ICE Age

    The most comprehensive update in its history is how Porsche describes the facelifted third-generation Cayenne. To kno...

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    Apr 23, 2023 07:30:00 AM

    Maserati MC20 review: 20/20 vision

    The 20 in its name represents the year 2020, but as we found out after a day with it in Rome, it could as well repres...

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    Apr 15, 2023 08:00:00 AM

    Skoda Slavia long term review, 9400km report

    Fourth report: So far, Skoda’s smallest sedan has impressed us with its driving manners. Last month, however, i...

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    Apr 09, 2023 01:04:00 PM

    Maruti Suzuki Fronx video review

    The Fronx takes all the highlights of the Baleno, and packages it in an SUV body style with a stronger Boosterjet eng...

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    Mar 25, 2023 08:00:00 AM

    Skoda Superb long term review, 15,000km report

    So far the Superb’s massive boot has swallowed everything we’ve thrown at it, but it finally met its matc...

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    Feb 15, 2023 04:39:00 PM

    Maserati GranTurismo review: Touring Italian Style

    The Maserati GT’s second generation looks much like its predecessor, but under that familiar gorgeous skin, it&...

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    Feb 14, 2023 07:41:00 PM

    Maserati GranTurismo video review

    We drive both versions of the new Gran Turismo - Trofeo, which is the most powerful ICE version, as well as the Folgo...

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    Jan 21, 2023 12:00:00 PM

    Citroen eC3 review, track drive: Chic Electric

    Citroen’s little hatch goes all electric with the same hatch-SUV cross-appeal. But how does it perform?

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    Jun 05, 2023 02:45:00 PM

    6 lesser known ways to lower your car’s environment...

    Besides properly maintaining your car and driving efficiently, there’s plenty you can do to make your drive a l...

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    Jan 24, 2023 05:11:00 PM

    Icons of Porsche: A festival of all things Porsche

    We are smitten by the second edition of the Icons of Porsche festival and are left wondering what a group of Porsches...

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    Dec 03, 2022 08:00:00 AM

    Analysis: Why India is pursuing ethanol as an automotive ...

    Despite rapidly heading towards EVs, India is also putting its faith in flex-fuel ethanol. What are the benefits and ...

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    Aug 19, 2022 09:00:00 AM

    Feature: A look inside Maruti Suzuki’s R&D facility

    Commissioned in 2014, the Rohtak facility today houses a comprehensive proving ground and over 250 test labs. We get ...

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    Aug 14, 2022 06:12:00 PM

    India at 75: Automobile brands that are no more

    We take a look at carmakers in India over the past 75 years that didn't make it today.

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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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    Apr 22, 2023 09:00:00 AM

    Opinion: The case for the Jimny 4X2

    A 3-door 4x2 Jimny is good for product line extension and help Maruti Suzuki bring in volumes.

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    Jan 15, 2023 05:00:00 PM

    Opinion: Why the Jimny and Thar are not competitors

    They may use serious 4X4 hardware and a body-on-frame construction, and soon, 5-door body styles, but they are far fr...

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    Dec 14, 2022 04:00:00 PM

    Opinion: The case for Bharat NCAP

    Just like mandated star ratings for energy efficiency of appliances, an automotive NCAP rating will rate cars, thereb...

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    Oct 23, 2022 08:00:00 AM

    Opinion: The different paths to electrification

    It's interesting to see the very different approaches taken by Tata and Maruti Suzuki when it comes to electrification.

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    Oct 01, 2022 08:00:00 AM

    Opinion: How to make wearing seat belt a habit

    Here are some key tips by which we can make wearing front and rear seatbelts a routine habit.

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    Aug 20, 2022 09:00:00 AM

    Opinion: Are hybrids relevant now?

    With EVs clearly on the horizon for the industry, are Maruti and Toyota right to invest heavily into hybrids?

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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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    Poll of the month

    What do you think about the Maruti Jimny's price of Rs 12.74-15.05 lakh?

    Excellent: A full 1 lakh less than the 2-door Thar



    Decent: As a second car for off-road enthusiasts



    Terrible: Way too pricey for a compact Maruti SUV



    Total Votes : 213
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