Arpit Mahendra

Articles By Arpit Mahendra

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Big News! Hyundai Venue to introduce iMT before Kia Sonet: Benefits vs AMT explained

IMT vs ATM: Hyundai's latest innovation is a new type of transmission that allows you to shift like a conventional manual but without the need for a clutch pedal. The iMT is like any other automatic transmission as it doesn't


2020 Honda City Test Drive Review: Back to roots and surprisingly good!

The famed Honda City has just entered its fifth-generation and presents itself as an interesting evolution over its predecessors. The new 2020 Honda City will be launched in India very soon and seems like Honda has thrown in

Kia Sonet’s new gearbox could spell problems for AMTs: Launch around October with many segment-first features

Express Drives recently had an insightful interaction with Manohar Bhat, Head, Sales and Marketing, Kia Motors India. Beyond the struggles during Covid-19 times, Bhat gave us an insight into new models such as the Kia Sonet,

Negative China sentiment, FDI rules hit Chinese auto companies plans for India

As the sentiment against Chinese companies and products continues to grow in India and around the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic we explain the newfound challenges being faced by Chinese auto companies in India. In add

2020 Hyundai Creta Test Drive Review: Can it outdo the Kia Seltos?

In March 2020 Hyundai India launched the all-new second-generation Creta SUV. And quickly became the best selling car in India in the month of May 2020, amid the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown. We were able to test out the brand n

No heavy discounts on cars after lockdown but better value offerings: Steffen Knapp, Volkswagen

During our recent interaction with Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen India, we got an insight of what the new normal means for the company, the expected impact on sales and if the lockdown will affect the timelines of the u

Coronavirus-led boom for car, bike sales: Pleasant surprise for auto industry post Covid-19?

Post-COVID era is when the heavily-impacted world economy will attempt its shift back to normalcy, including the auto industry. We speak with Mahindra, Maruti & Zoomcar to find out how there may be a coronavirus-led sales boo

Why Maruti Suzuki Smart Hybrid cars need longer idling with headlamps on & what if you don’t care

Maruti Suzuki cars with Smart Hybrid technology require their headlamps to be switched on during the engine idling time. Why? We explain!

Honda Amaze Petrol CVT Automatic Long-Term Review: Impressive, Refined All-Rounder

Honda Amaze in its refreshed avatar is a much better looking car with improved features. However, unlike its rivals with cheaper AMTs, this one comes with a more expensive CVT. Is the Honda Amaze petrol CVT worth the extra mo

2020 Hyundai Spirited Verna Features Revealed: Verna vs City is the Sedan Battle of the Year!

The new 2020 Hyundai Verna will launch soon and is packing in some serious firepower. Details of multiple segment-first features in our Exclusive report. The new Verna will compete with the all-new Honda City, due to be launc

Seeing a Lamborghini Aventador S Being Crafted And Driving It Too! Must-Do Before You Die

How Lamborghini cars are made is something that every car enthusiast would want to witness. This is a story of a one-sided love affair that brewed for years but recently I got a chance to not just see a Lamborghini Aventador

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Petrol Review: Much Improved but…

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has now transformed from a diesel-only offering to a petrol-only offering. While the changes and feature updates to the new 2020 facelifted model are a few, can it still be a force to be reckon

Exclusive: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza petrol bookings cross 10,000 units

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza facelift was first showcased during the 2020 Auto Expo and then launched on Monday at prices starting Rs 7.34 lakh. The Brezza is now powered by a petrol engine and the diesel model has been discon

Delhi to Jodhpur in a BMW X5: To the land of Royals in sheer Luxury

The best way to explore is to drive, period. Hence, when we wanted to witness the beauty of Jodhpur and its royalty we needed a vehicle that could match the city's royal charm and hence the BMW X5 it was. The journey was fast

EXCLUSIVE: New Hyundai Creta features revealed – Should Kia Seltos, MG Hector be worried?

2020 Hyundai Creta was unveiled this month during the 2020 Auto Expo and a formal launch is set to happen about a month from now. Before that, here's what we know so far of the several segment-first features the Creta will co

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Cars that Shah Rukh Khan loves and what he dislikes in modern cars: SRK Interview

During the interaction, Shahrukh Khan spoke about the cars he likes, the ones he drives and what he likes and dislikes in modern cars among many other things. And there's an interesting video below too!

India is a critical market for Lamborghini: Growth story intact in long-term

In order to get a clear picture in terms of market, volumes and future strategies, Express Drives recently spoke to Sharad Agarwal, Head, Lamborghini India on the sidelines of the Huracan Evo rear-wheel-drive launch in Delhi.

EXCLUSIVE! MG Motor’s explosive SUV launch! Land Cruiser Prado, Jeep Grand Cherokee features at half the price!

The Maxus D90 might have a different name in India but it will be crammed with features that are available in SUVs nearly twice the price.

Hyundai Aura Test Drive Review: Worst Nightmare of Maruti Suzuki Dzire

The new Hyundai Aura has been launched at a competitive price range. With new and multiple segment-first features and extensive engine and gearbox options, the Aura presents a strong threat to the Maruti Suzuki Dzire's segmen

Nissan to launch Brezza, Venue rival: Made in India SUV to be launched in 2020

Nissan will be making an aggressive move in the Indian market but taking on the Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Venue with an all-new make in India sub-compact SUV. A new Nissan model will be launched in India every year.

How Hyundai Aura might dethrone Maruti Suzuki Dzire as BS6 comes into effect

The Hyundai Aura might just be able to dethrone the Dzire due to the absence of a BS6 diesel option in the latter. Additionally, Hyundai is also working on a localised EV for the Indian market.

Hyundai Aura launched in India, price start from Rs 5.79 lakh, know features and power

Maruti Suzuki Futuro-e: Signalling a big transition of India’s largest carmaker

The Futuro-e is essentially a design study for Maruti Suzuki. It has been designed by Maruti Suzuki designers in sync with global design themes seen in Europe and other markets.

Kia Carnival India Review: Good to beat Toyota Innova Crysta as India’s most desired MPV?

Kia Carnival is now ready to enter a segment that has been completely dominated by the Toyota Innova Crysta. Positioned above the Crysta, does the Kia Carnival have enough to become the most desired MPV in India? We find out

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Diesel Long-Term Review: Makes You Richer, Literally!

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz diesel has been part of the Express Drives' long term fleet for over a month now. In our first report, we share our initial experience in relation to this C-segment sedan and how its in-house developed

Tata Altroz Review: One Blunder away from greatness!

We test drive the all new Tata Altroz in the beautiful city of Jaisalmer to see if this new premium hatchback from the homegrown automaker is good enough to beat the mighty Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 or not.

2019 Range Rover Sport (2.0 Litre) Review: Too Small, Sporty or a Compromise?

In this review, we try to find out if the new 2.0-litre petrol engine plonked under the hood of the Range Rover Sport takes downsizing a bit too far for a heavy 'SUV' and if this is worthy of carrying the 'Sport' tag.

One half of my brain is focused on India alone, the other half is the rest of the world

Hyundai in recent years has benefitted from a different and young design approach globally. However pleasing Indian customers can be quite challenging even for the best designers in the world. SangYup Lee, Senior Vice Preside

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