Volvo XC40 First Drive Review

The Volvo XC40 is an interesting SUV. Here’s our first drive report of the XC40 Highlights The XC40 is Volvo’s first ever compact SUV It gets a T5 petrol and a D4 diesel engine It will be launched in India in the middle of 2018 Fresh, creative and distinct! That is what the Volvo XC40 is all about. It is the first ever compact SUV from Volvo and is also the smallest SUV on offer from the company. The compact SUV segment is what we would call ‘trending’ in social media parlance. Scroll down…

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Jeep Compass Trailhawk First Drive: Trail Rated!

Jeep Compass Trailhawk with diesel engine and automatic gearbox driven. Highlights Jeep Compass Trailhawk will be top of the line variant in Compass range Will most likely make it to India with a 9-speed ZF automatic gearbox Trailhawk variant expected price point of about Rs 23 lakh (ex-showroom) The Jeep Compass won the 2018 NDTV Car Of The Year for good reason. It is priced well, drives considerably nicer than almost everything else in its segment and is built well too. The Jeep Compass also throws in four-wheel-drive in the top spec models for…

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2018 Volvo S60 Inscription T5 AWD

What It Is: The long-wheelbase variant of the Volvo S60 entry-luxury sedan. Imported from China, the S60 Inscription has a wheelbase that’s 3.1 inches greater than that of the standard car. The additional space is gifted entirely to rear-seat passengers, where legroom grows from 33.5 inches to 36.9. Only the S60’s entry-level turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is offered in the Inscription. Christened T5 in Volvo parlance, the engine produces 240 horsepower and mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission (the standard S60 that Volvo builds in Sweden also is available with either a 302-…

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2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk review, test drive

What is it? There’s an adventurer inside every one of us. For some, this may mean switching on National Geographic, while there are those who prefer to put on their hiking boots and head out for adrenaline-pumping thrills, and the Trailhawk is this kind of on an adventurer. Every model that Jeep builds must have a Trail Rated or Trailhawk (as they are called) version; one that displays better off-road ability than the regular model and comes out on top in tests in five specific areas – traction, water fording,…

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Audi A8 TDI Quattro first drive brings autonomy to luxury saloon market

Review Audi has set a new benchmark with the latest version of its A8 luxury saloon. The new flagship will be the first production car to offer an autonomous driving function. While it isn’t a core fleet model, the A8 is extremely important as it showcases technology that will eventually filter down into future mainstream models. Traffic Jam Pilot will allow hands-off driving in certain conditions up to speeds of 37mph. The A8 will also have an autonomous remote parking capability. These functions are possible thanks to a dedicated driver…

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Wellness, Experiences & Travel Top mbg Readers’ Wish Lists For 2018

In 2018, mbg readers are packing their bags. The results from our annual survey are in, and they speak to a trend that’s going global: the merging of wellness and travel. We’ve seen the tourism market turn toward wellness in recent years with brands like Westin investing in healthy hospitality, and that trend is accelerating in 2018. Lonely Planet reports that the travel industry’s fastest-growing sector is wellness tourism, which with a 10 percent rise in 2017, is now estimated as a $500 billion market. Forecasts like those by the Global Wellness Institute suggest that the…

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Malta trending in US travel market

It is that time of year when travel publications and TV news casts announce their eagerly awaited “Places to Go 2018” lists for American travelers to see where is the next hot spot to explore. Malta is clearly trending. Although Malta has already been featured on major travel lists in the past few years, this year the Mediterranean Gem has made more than 20 lists including several leading TV Broadcasts. Malta is not only mentioned but being singled out by top media outlets and TV broadcasts. From CBS News Travel…

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What Boutique Travel Is and Isn’t – Here’s How to Qualify Your Clients

Photo: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.  Some well-traveled clients want what they want. Others aren’t quite sure what they want – and therefore rely on you to qualify them. When it comes to boutique travel products, one could almost say it’s as close to custom as you can get – reserved for those seeking something exclusive and ideal for anyone who likes their needs catered to.Boutique and unique may rhyme by coincidence but one is very much a part of the other. So when determining whether or not your client…

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Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+: Battery Capacity, Charging Ports, and More Revealed

HIGHLIGHTS Galaxy S9 is expected to sport a 3000mAh battery Galaxy S9+ will reportedly have a 3500mAh battery Both phones are expected to feature a USB Type-C charging port Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are all set to be unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event on February 25. Most of the specifications, features, and price details are already out in the public domain, although several new leaks have revealed new details of the upcoming smartphones. Most notable among these are the leaked shots of the battery units of the Galaxy S9…

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iPhone X Sales ‘Surpass Expectations’ in Apple’s Biggest Ever Quarter

HIGHLIGHTS Apple’s revenue increased by 13 percent to reach $88.3 billion iPhone X our top-selling iPhone every week since November: CEO Overall iPhone sales were about a million fewer than last year Apple on Thursday said its earnings in the final three months of last year set new records, with sales of its flagship iPhone X topping its expectations. The California-based technology giant reported that profit climbed to $20 billion (roughly Rs. 1.28 lakh crores) on revenue that increased 13 percent to $88.3 billion (roughly Rs. 5.66 lakh crores) during the period. “We’re…

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