Lijo Mathai

Articles By Lijo Mathai

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Blacksmith Electric starts accepting dealership enquiries from more than 700 districts in India

Currently, more than six applications have been received and half of them are from abroad - from Spain and Mexico, with the company currently focusing on the enquiries rather than outright setups.

Bike News

Three TVS 125cc motorcycles that are now discontinued: Victor, Flame and Phoenix

Nearly all of TVS' 125cc motorcycles were a sales disaster and this could be the primary reason why the company isn't coming back to this lucrative segment.

Bike News

Revolt Motors starts dedicated helpline for its customers: To be available all days in a week

The dedicated helpline will help solve pre as well as post purchase queries and will be available from 10am-7pm all days in a week.

Bike News

Evolet electric vehicles: German technology, new models, service schedules and costs explained

The Evolet range of scooters are powered by both Li-ion as well as VRLA batteries while the maintenance costs are literally 1/4th of a conventional fuelled two-wheeler.

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Renault Triber review: A 7-seater that packs in a lot of space, features but deserves a better engine

The Renault Triber is a spacious, budget 7-seater that packs in all the modern day goodies, looks good but the 1.0-litre engine could do with a bit more power.

Auto Reviews News

Evolet Hawk fully-faired electric sports bike to be launched only once the dealer network has been established pan-India

Unlike other manufacturers, Evolet wants to ensure that their fully-faired aspirational electric sports bike is sold through the right channels and is available to the masses.

Bike News

FM Sitharaman right in saying Ola – Uber impacting auto sales? Here’s a revealing cost of ownership vs rental test

The minister's comments may have been subject to many a memes however, here is an analysis on what factors could be affecting the auto sector slowdown.

Car News

Apollo Apterra AT2 SUV tyres launched: XUV500, Fortuner replacement tyres coming soon

The Apollo Apterra AT2 tyres are being rolled out in phases and the first lot will be launched in eight sizes and the second in six.

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Volkswagen ID.3: This 550km range, electric, 5-door hatchback makes great sense for India

The Volkswagen ID.3, if you look at it carefully, is the ideal electric car for the Indian market and we have listed reasons on why the German carmaker should get it here.

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TVS, Honda, Suzuki to be present at Auto Expo 2020: Yamaha, Bajaj, Triumph to skip the event

Many new as well as existing two-wheeler manufacturers will not be present on the Auto Expo 2020 floors and instead focus on developing their products.

Bike News

Ford, Nissan and Honda to skip Auto Expo 2020: Maruti, Volkswagen and Hyundai to be present

The list includes many major carmakers who have decided to not attend the event next year and instead focus on developing new products and marketing them.

Car News

Bajaj Pulsar 125 Neon review: 125cc engine, proven bodywork = Brilliant motorcycle!

A 125cc higher-strung motor in a familiar big bike styling is a genius by Bajaj and one that will ensure that they have a significant market share.

Auto Reviews News

New Volkswagen Polo, Vento launched: Updated design but same price

The new Polo as well as Vento are available now in showrooms and will be available in new colour schemes and attractive warranty packages.

Car News

Five motorcycles Bajaj tried to dominate the 125cc segment with but couldn’t: Wind 125, XCD and more

The discontinued Bajaj 125cc vehicles went out of demand pretty quickly but also boasted segment-first features as well as engine specifications.

Bike News

Mahindra XUV300 diesel automatic review: One of the better AMTs in the business

The XUV300 AMT is perhaps one of the best in the business and promises to deliver fuel efficiency, easy city driveability as well as highway cruising capabilities.

Auto Reviews News

Five scooters that are priced above Rs 60,000 but fun-to-ride: Burgman, NTorq, SR150 and more

All the scooters here promise fun-to-ride characteristics as well as immense potential as an everyday workhorse, combining practicality and performance.

Bike News

Risks of charging electric two-wheeler batteries in home/office: Worrisome or not?

Most of the companies we checked with confirmed that their battery cells are indeed fireproof and have been certified by the government agencies.

Bike News

Indian two-wheeler makers to bring in more features along with BS-VI engines

To offset the cost of BS-VI engines, which will be in the range of 10-15 per cent hike over their BS-IV counterparts, additional features will be bundled with motorcycles and scooters.

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Decoded: Why BS-VI engines are less fuel efficient than BS-IV motors

This is also one of the prime reasons why many small capacity diesel engines aren't been converted to BS-VI by leading automakers.

Car News

Blacksmith B3 scooter model teased: Kid seatbelt, 120km range, Artificial Intelligence and more

The B3 promises a different design than what we have seen so far from scooters in India and at the same provides swappable battery technology too.

Bike News

Five 150cc motorcycles that Hero discontinued this decade: Hunk, Xtreme and more

All these five motorcycles were a victim of poor marketing as well as lower features and higher pricing compared to the competition.

Bike News

Why Maruti Suzuki does not offer sunroof in their cars

While it may seem that cars with sunroofs are the trend for Indian consumers, Maruti Suzuki says their research says otherwise. Here is why Maruti Suzuki does not offer a sunroof in any of their cars.

Car News

Cost not the only factor for Maruti Suzuki to discontinue diesel engines

The upcoming BS-VI norm costs aren't the only one worrying MSIL as they also have the Real Driving Emissions in 2023 which will ask for an increase in significant investment.

Car News

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and Alto K10 to co-exist: K10 to continue with safety and BS6 updates

Maruti Suzuki India will be launching a new micro-SUV called the S-Presso in October 2019 and will most likely be positioned above the existing Alto line-up. 

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Maruti offers five year warranty on its 1.3-litre diesel engine: We explain why the 1.5-litre doesn’t get it

The 1.5-litre diesel engine will likely continue post the April 2020 BS-VI conversion deadline but it may be priced slightly more.

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Exclusive! Techo Electra scooters get higher capacity lead-acid batteries: Here is how much the range has increased

The Neo as well as Raptor scooters run the higher-rated lead-acid batteries which has resulted in an increase in range by 30-40km on economy mode.

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Fast charging time of 10 minutes and just over Rs 2 lakh: Meet the Shado ERICK e-rickshaw

ERICK uses di-capacitor batteries, charges in just 5-10 minutes, lasts 70km per charge and an enviable five year warranty with annual maintenance contract thrown in.

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