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Lijo Mathai

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Reasons to buy a Toyota badge-engineered car over a Maruti Suzuki and also why not to

You wouldn't go wrong with either brand products but Toyota seems to have an edge in certain departments over Maruti Suzuki.

Two 110cc bikes that cost as much as some 125cc motorcycles: Here’s why

The Hero Passion Pro, and Honda Livo cost more than their 125cc stablemates. The reasons could be purely marketing or is there more to it? We find out.

Alert, car/bike buyers! “IN” registration plates launch likely: Benefits, disadvantages

This, in general, scheme will facilitate free movement of personal vehicles across any state of India upon relocation from the original place of registration.

2021 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross BS6 specs leaked: Here’s how to get this lifestyle vehicle for free

It is likely that only existing owners will get an option to win the car as the contest conducted by the company requires one to click a photo/video with their V-Cross.

Kia’s big EV plans! 11 electric vehicles by 2026: Updated Seltos, Sonet India launch in May

At the core will be seven EVs that will be specifically developed for certain regions. That is a huge number from a mainstream carmaker but Kia Motors is up for the challenge.

Aprilia Tuono 1100, RSV4 1100 BS6 India launch, delivery timeline revealed

Aprilia has some aggressive plans for the year 2021 and the brand will start with the launch of the new Aprilia SXR125, followed by other big bikes.

5 bikes, scooter that offer best features under Rs 4 lakh: From ADV to supersport

These bike, as well as scooter, offers more in the name of features and sometimes few vehicles ten times expensive do not have these much equipment.

Exclusive: Updated Aprilia SR160 to be launched in India by this time

A LED headlight, comprehensive instrument console with average fuel efficiency display, Bluetooth connectivity and more can be expected from the 2021 Aprilia SR160.

BS6 200cc bikes you can buy: TVS Apache RTR200 to KTM RC200

The 200cc bikes are usually the stepping stones for many to move onto bigger capacity two-wheelers. While a few ambitious ones directly jump onto the 500s and 650cc machines, there are others who like to take the proper route

Hero MotoCorp, Gogoro to launch new electric scooters and bikes in India

The alliance between these two will ensure that Hero-branded electric bikes and scooters will be launched in India and will be ably supported by Gogoro's battery swapping technology.

Nitin Gadkari’s “India to become number 1 EV maker in world” welcomed by auto sector

The biggest impediment in manufacturing an electric vehicle locally is that batteries still have to be imported and the Indian government has taken huge steps to ensure the latter will be manufactured here on a large scale.

Toyota Yaris to be replaced by rebadged Maruti Suzuki Ciaz? Here’s the official word

Rebadged products have done Toyota a world of good in the Indian market. The Toyota Urban Cruiser, as well as Glanza, have been welcoming first-time buyers into the company's showrooms.

2021 Toyota Fortuner, Legender sales cross 5,300 units: Segment share increases

The alliance with Suzuki has also worked to a great extent wherein models like the Urban Cruiser as well as the Glanza are doing exceptionally well for Toyota.

Toyota Fortuner and other models to increase in price

160cc BS6 bikes, scooters you can buy in India: From a commuter to a cruiser

Only one bike out of this is priced below Rs 1 lakh. The Honda X-Blade happens to be the most expensive amongst bikes while the Aprilia SXR160 is the costliest in scooters.

Vehicle scrappage policy could increase demand for used luxury cars: Here’s why

The used cars will continue to offer great value as compared to new cars. A majority of the pre-owned cars in India are five years old when they are sold.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

Bajaj Avenger BS6 review, road test: Entry-level unicorn cruisers ridden

We sampled both the BS6 Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise and Bajaj Avenger 160 Street to understand if they are indeed a one-size-fits-all motorcycles or not.

On-road price, cost of accessories of Triumph Trident detailed

While the cost of the Triumph Trident may be fantastic, its accessories seem to be pretty expensive but there is a lot to choose from as well.

How Uber and taxi aggregators are trying to avoid Covid-19 transmissions

With the upswing in COVID-19 cases first in Maharashtra and now in different parts of the country, how safe is it to travel in a cab? We find out.

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Hero Glamour BS6 review: Questions on mileage, gearbox, reliability answered

The Hero Glamour was one of the best-selling 125cc bikes for a long time, and we have got the BS6 iteration for a full road test.

India vehicle scrappage policy: How some clarity from government could help carmakers

The vehicle scrappage policy proposed by the government does indeed come with its terms and conditions. While we aren't privy to these yet, the suggestions in this story will definitely help understand what is coming our way.

Digital vehicle buying on an upswing: Buyers opt to configure car online than visiting store

The additional advantage is that one can scale up the visualisation in resolution and extend it to the retail world in the automotive industry, where it can be used on dealer screens or tablets.

Piaggio’s new alternate fuel engine in transport sector to revolutionise segment, claims Diego Graffi

Piaggio, as a company, is focused on being fuel agnostic. Customers are being given the choice to choose based on their requirements and application.

Lesser known reasons why cars/ bikes get costlier regularly

Trust us, the reasons given are completely logical and when we unravel them to you, they will seem very much plausible to you as well.

TVS Motor company reports increase in export demand in west asia

Reasons why low-speed electric bikes, scooters have disc brakes, LED lights

While we may believe these aren't really needed, manufacturers on the contrary provide these features as standard in their low-speed electric vehicles.

Two important maintenance aspects often overlooked when a bike is parked for long

The fixes are quite easy and will cost you only between Rs 300-500. However, if ignored the results could be fatal.

Automatic vs manual transmission in cars: Pros and cons explained

In the end, depending on how the user prefers his cars, they opt either for manual or automatic transmissions. We've listed the good as well as bad bits of both the transmission options.

Upcoming GoGreen electric scooter to have best-in-India warranty, range: Launch by December

The highest warranty currently on an electric scooter in India is five years and this is mainly on the two-wheeler and excludes its battery or charger. The GoGreen product warranty also covers the battery.

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