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Lijo Mathai

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Blacksmith Electric back on track: Opens pre-bookings, showcases new B4 scooter

Blacksmith says that they are going to open dealerships shortly wherein customers can experience the scooters pretty much. At the same time, deliveries are promised by the end of 2021.

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Mahindra’s plans for all-new Scorpio, XUV500 explained: Thar gets 6,500 bookings in December

While it is unclear yet, given the success of the new Thar there could be petrol/diesel along with manual/automatic powertrains on offer with both the Mahindra Scorpio and XUV500.

All-new Mahindra Scorpio

Mahindra-Ford joint venture called off due to these reasons

The closure was a result of changes in the business as well as global economic conditions. Both the companies will now assess their individual capital allocations.

Bikes in 2020 that impressed us: Triumph Street Triple R, Honda H’ness CB 350 and more

A majority of these bikes are also hugely commercially successful and the choices we have mentioned range from the humble Hero Xtreme 160R to the three-cylinder Triumph Street Triple R.

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Signing off 2020 with a Mumbai-Alibaug road trip in a new Mahindra Thar diesel

The new Mahindra Thar diesel proved to be an able companion for the 200km round trip with a full house and took us to places where other 2-wheel drive sub-4m SUVs will not even dare tread.

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KTM 250 Adventure review, road test: Surprisingly Docile Entry-level ADV

If you thought that the KTM 390 ADV is expensive, KTM have a similar format bike for you but with lesser power, features and a lower price tag. We have reviewed the KTM 250 Adventure and tell you if its worth the performance/

5 underrated sub-Rs 3 lakh sportsbikes: Bajaj Pulsar RS200, Yamaha MT-15 and more

These bikes in no way are incapable but on the contrary the public doesn't seem to have taken a liking to these probably because of the features or price tag.

Electric SUVs on sale in India: Tata Nexon, Hyundai Kona and more

Here is a look at all the electric SUVs available in India right from Rs 14 lakh to Rs 1 crore. This includes cars from Tata, MG, Hyundai as well as Mercedes-Benz.

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Electric scooters/bikes launched this year, that impressed us: Ather 450X, TVS iQube and more

Electric two-wheelers are fast gaining prominence and the Express Drives team has ridden quite a few of them this year - pandemic notwithstanding. Here is a quick list of these electric scooters and bikes.

Detel Tred: Everything you wanted to know about the “world’s most affordable helmet”

How is the "world's most affordable helmet" made? What construction materials are used and should you be buying one is something Yogesh Bhatia, the founder of Detel, explains.

Aprilia SXR160 review: Finally a value-for-money performance scooter from Italy?

The Aprilia SXR160 is a maxi-scooter based on the SR160 but is heavier, feature-rich and provides a much better user experience as well.

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India to have GPS-based toll collection in next 2 years, says Nitin Gadkari: Here’s how it works

The government is working towards GPS-based toll collection. Based on the movement of vehicles, the GPS-based system will deduct the amount.

Odysse Evoqis review: First fully-faired electric sportsbike in India and with a reverse gear!

The Odysse Evoqis, while being the only fully-faired electric bike on sale, also promises good range, decent performance as well as low maintenance costs. You will find out more in the review

Sunroofs in cars: Useless/useful and how to maintain them

A sunroof is purported to be a much-needed accessory by buyers these days. If you own a car with one, here are the tips and tricks to maintain it.

India’s safest cars under Rs 10 lakh: Tata Tiago, Mahindra XUV300 and more

All the cars mentioned here are made-in-India and while certain variants of these cars cost upwards of Rs 10 lakh, the safety ratings given by Global NCAP are applicable on all trims.

Most expensive 125cc bikes/scooters in India: KTM 125 Duke, Aprilia SR125 costlier than 150cc motorcycles

The KTMs are not the only ones that are expensive as few other Italian scooter models too compete for the premium price positioning in the Indian marketplace.

new 2021 KTM 125 DUKE

Book a Suzuki V-Strom 650XT BS6 now and get benefits: Versys 650 rival gets discounts/accessories

Buyers, clearly, aren't amused with the V-Strom 650XT BS6's pricing and we hear that to remedy the situation, Suzuki India has instructed its dealers to give benefits worth Rs one lakh.

2020 bs6 suzuki vstrom 650xt price in india

Covid-19 roadtrip from Mumbai-Gokarna: Do you need a health certificate, e-pass?

If you stay in Maharashtra and plan to go to Goa for a weekend trip or otherwise, you do have to produce Covid-19 negative test reports and all. Here is the alternate road trip destination that is just as fun - Gokarna.

Aprilia SR160 review, road test: India’s best handling scooter with new engine, price tag

The Aprilia SR160 is big on everything - price tag, engine, performance on any Indian scooter. How impressive is all of this as a package is what we explore in this review

Renault India announces new offers for the specially-abled: Schemes explained

Renault India is championing the cause of the specially-abled. This is the first time that an auto manufacturer has paid special attention at the differently-abled. As directed by the ministry of finance and heavy industries,

Kia Sonet iMT review, road test: Sub-4m SUV with max features and convenience

The Kia Sonet iMT is one stylish-looking car and it has got multiple features that will keep everyone around really happy as well. But does it have any shortcomings? We list them out to you.

Low downpayment and rate of interest on Yamaha FZ25: Details explained

Both the bikes are readily available with dealerships and immediate delivery too is being promised. The Yamaha FZ25 competitors include the Bajaj Dominar 250, and Suzuki Gixxer 250. 

Upcoming Techo Electra electric bike image leaked: Revolt RV400 rival’s expected range, price

The claimed range of the Techo Electra bike should be more than 100km, with a fast charger option dialed in. However, the top speed will be restricted to 80kmph.

Triumph Street Triple R review, road test: High daily useability, misses out on RS’ rawness

The Triumph Street Triple R will mostly be the only sports bike you will ever need. Except for perhaps when you have to go grocery shopping or carry a pillion.

Meet Odysse Electric: India’s first on-sale sportsbike-inspired electric bike maker

An Indian company from Gujarat with experience in green tech has now entered the EV space with their two-wheelers. We take a look at what are the future thoughts of the company.

Exclusive: Odysse Evoqis electric sportsbike specs, range, on-road price revealed

The Odysse Evoqis motorcycle has a top speed of 80kmph while the automatic transmission accords a City Drive, Parking, Sports and Reverse modes.

Car buyers opting for more Tata petrol cars than diesel: Here’s why!

Tata Motors in its ICE portfolio currently offers the Tiago, Tigor, Altroz, Nexon, and Harrier cars. Out of these, only the Tiago and Tigor don't offer a diesel engine whereas the Harrier doesn't have a petrol motor.

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