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is a Mumbai-based writer who’s written extensively on cars for over seven years

What are India’s current crash safety regulations like?

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What are India’s current crash safety regulations like?

And why they are proving inadequate and in dire need of an upgrade

The Drive Report: Mercedes-Benz C300d

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The Drive Report: Mercedes-Benz C300d

Merc’s range-topping C-Class is fantasy potion whose ingredients include excellent performance, comfort and fuel economy, with S-Class-like interiors

Looking at more affordable products but won't compromise on quality of experience: Ather Energy management

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Looking at more affordable products but won't compromise on quality of experience: Ather Energy management

With a second manufacturing unit and a potential IPO on the horizon, Ather Energy is entering a phase of unprecedented growth, albeit one with several hiccups along the way

The Drive Report: The Gen 3 Ather 450 X

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The Drive Report: The Gen 3 Ather 450 X

Now further optimised for city riding, is the significantly updated Ather 450 X the best e-scooter in the country?

Hyundai may have launched the coolest looking EV concepts yet

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Hyundai may have launched the coolest looking EV concepts yet

Hyundai is here to win the EV game. And with cars that look this good, it just might.

A driver’s account: Why widespread EV adoption is still a distant dream

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A driver’s account: Why widespread EV adoption is still a distant dream

A reconnaissance mission on one of the country’s busiest highway revealed a startlingly dysfunctional public charging apparatus that ensures that EVs continue to operate as city cars only

MC Explains | Why local EV cell manufacturing is key to segment's rapid growth

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MC Explains | Why local EV cell manufacturing is key to segment's rapid growth

Local lithium-ion cell manufacturing is the only way to realise India’s EV market potential

Mahindra’s electric vehicle plans are tearing up the tarmac

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Mahindra’s electric vehicle plans are tearing up the tarmac

Mahindra naming its upcoming launch event “Born Electric” is a way of telling the world that the electric SUVs will all be based on born electric skateboard platforms instead of being derivatives of internal combustion engine-powered vehicles as is the case with all of Tata Motors’ currently sold EVs

Bharat NCAP must take into account Indian conditions, say Maruti Suzuki executives

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Bharat NCAP must take into account Indian conditions, say Maruti Suzuki executives

India’s largest car maker is concerned at the new car safety regulations due to kick by the end of the first quarter of 2023, particularly a six-airbag requirement, because the resultant price increases could deter first-time car buyers. 

The Drive Report: 2022 Maruti Suzuki Brezza

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The Drive Report: 2022 Maruti Suzuki Brezza

The new Brezza takes a bold leap forward towards the feature-heavy, tech-driven territory.

MC Explains | Why six airbags may not be enough

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MC Explains | Why six airbags may not be enough

Airbags are not the most critical component of safety in a car crash. Must we place such a premium on them and overlook a key aspect of automotive safety?

If you don’t get the structure right, no amount of airbags will help in surviving a crash at a certain speed, says Mahindra's Chief Design Officer Pratap Bose

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If you don’t get the structure right, no amount of airbags will help in surviving a crash at a certain speed, says Mahindra's Chief Design Officer Pratap Bose

Mahindra’s Chief Design Officer, Pratap Bose talks about building on the Scorpio’s visual heritage and the importance of vehicular structural integrity in the event of a car crash

The Drive Report: The new Mahindra ScorpioN

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The Drive Report: The new Mahindra ScorpioN

Mahindra’s all-new ScorpioN marks a massive evolutionary leap for the Scorpio brand

The Drive Report | Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 350d: A masterclass in comfort, poise and refinement

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The Drive Report | Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 350d: A masterclass in comfort, poise and refinement

Costing a solid Rs 60 lakh less than its fully imported counterpart, is the India-built S-Class still the luxury car benchmark?

Kia fares poorly in global crash safety rating, highlights dual standards of MNC carmakers for India

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Kia fares poorly in global crash safety rating, highlights dual standards of MNC carmakers for India

Kia Carens and Seltos score 3-star Global NCAP rating; South Korean carmaker joins other foreign automobile companies whose products for India score poor safety ratings. Global NCAP says it’s "a cause for concern"

BS 6 Phase II and CAFE II norms: All you need to know

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BS 6 Phase II and CAFE II norms: All you need to know

How CAFE II norms and the soon-to-be-implemented BS 6 emission norms will change the automotive landscape.

Everything you need to know about the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae

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Everything you need to know about the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae

The last of the old-school Lambos has arrived in India

The Drive Report: Citroen C3 review

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The Drive Report: Citroen C3 review

Citroen India is taking on the ultra-competitive B-hatch segment with the new, soon-to-be-launched C3. Can it be the usurper this segment needs?

MC Drives: Volvo XC40 Recharge

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MC Drives: Volvo XC40 Recharge

Can the Volvo XC40 Recharge conquer the luxury EV landscape?

Citroen India wants to establish itself as a leader in low-cost EV space, says Roland Bouchara, CEO, Stellantis India

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Citroen India wants to establish itself as a leader in low-cost EV space, says Roland Bouchara, CEO, Stellantis India

Roland Bouchara and Citroen India Brand Head Saurabh Vatsa talk about the brand’s upcoming low-cost EV, and entering the embattled hatchback market

How thorough are India’s EV battery-testing standards?

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How thorough are India’s EV battery-testing standards?

How do they stack-up against international standards? What needs to change?

MC Drives: 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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MC Drives: 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Does the evergreen Toyota Camry Hybrid make a compelling case for hybrids in the country?

BMW i4 vs Kia EV6: Which EV should you pick?

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BMW i4 vs Kia EV6: Which EV should you pick?

Two very capable cars with very different badge appeal. Here is how the EV6 stack up against the pedigreed BMW i4 in this unlikeliest of the faceoff

Why Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava is critical of govt’s proposed six-airbag rule

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Why Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava is critical of govt’s proposed six-airbag rule

How much can six mandatory airbags add to the cost of an entry-level car?

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