Autocar India Magazine

Issue: 178  |  June 2014

Honda's clever new MPV, the Mobilio, is going to hit Indian showrooms soon, and we've gotten behind its wheel this month to tell you what it's like. We've also got supercars galore – BMW's sci-fi i8, Lamborghini's rather civilised Huracán, and two of this year's most significant performance milestones, LaFerrari and the McLaren P1. There’s also the impressive new Mercedes C-class, a comparison between two hatchbacks dressed as SUVs and a very special road trip on a Harley Davidson. Read on to find out what else we have in store for you:

Honda Mobilio – Honda’s been on a roll with its Amaze and City sedans and wants to keep the momentum going with new launches this year. The first of these will be the Mobilio MPV, and we’ve driven it exclusively this month. It’s spacious, practical and quite striking looking, and has the potential to worry not just the Ertiga, but the Innova as well.

New Toyota Corolla Altis – Speaking of Toyota, the company is about to launch the latest version of its global best-seller – the new Altis. The new car aims to shake off the rather bland image of its predecessors, and on the styling front, it certainly seems to have. But what about the rest of it?

Audi A8 – We’ve driven two Audi A8s this month. The first is the facelifted version, with its much-talked-about ‘Matrix’ LED headlamps and all-too-subtle design tweaks. The second is the A8 Security, an armour-plated, tech-laden vault that’ll help a lucky few VVIPs sleep better at night.

New Mercedes-Benz C-class – With the CLA-class being the new entry level Mercedes sedan, the C-class has moved up the luxury ranks. Good looking, full of tech and with a truly luxurious cabin ambience, could it finally be good enough to topple the 3-series?

LaFerrari – Ferrari's halo supercars come around only once every decade or so, and there have only been four so far, each one a legend in its own right. Now the latest in the line is here, and we've managed to get behind the wheel.

McLaren P1 – The full Autocar road test of Britain's mind-bending answer to LaFerrari, the McLaren P1. How quick is it? How about a VBOX-verified 0-100kph in 2.9 seconds, and 0-290kph in less than 20.

Lamborghini Huracán ­– The latest calf on the Lamborghini farm is the Huracán, the successor to the Gallardo. It may have loaded up on Audi-sourced tech, but is it any less of a Lamborghini for it? In a word: no.

BMW i8 – It may not be the fastest or most powerful mid-engined hybrid supercar in this issue, but the BMW i8 proves that even smaller, (relatively) more affordable performance cars are embracing cutting-edge hybrid tech.

Toyota Etios Cross vs VW Cross Polo – Plain old hatchbacks not exciting enough for you? Toyota has launched the 'Cross' version of the Etios Liva, with a bunch of cosmetic changes to give it a more muscular look. And we've brought the Cross Polo along to see which pretend-SUV is the best.

Triumph Street Triple – The British motorcycle brand's iconic global best-seller is now in India. The brash streetfighter bike is distinctive looking and sounding, and also quite well priced. Read the full first ride to find out more.



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