2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test

Make : BMW Model : 6-series GT We Like Roomy cabin Excellent ride quality Strong petrol engine We Don’t Like Shape not to all tastes No diesel engine as yet Odd spare tyre position Remember the last-gen BMW 5-series Gran Turismo? If you don’t, you aren’t alone. Developed to complement the standard 5-series sedan, the 5GT promised to offer all that the 5 was renowned for in a more luxurious and spacious package. Trouble was BMW found few takers for the 5GT’s oddball design, and even in India, sales were limited at…

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2018 Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT review, test drive

  What is it? Another week and another model gets the option of an automatic transmission. This time it’s the turn of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza that has just been launched with an automated manual transmission or AMT gearbox. The Brezza AMT’s launch comes close on the heels of the arrival of the Tata Nexon AMT, although it was showcased in the Indonesian motor show in 2016. But where the Nexon AMT is available with both petrol and diesel engine options, the Vitara Brezza is offered with the sole…

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2018 BMW 6-series GT India review, test drive

There’s always been a huge chasm, in India, between the mid-size luxury sedans – the 5-series, E-class, A6 and XF, and their larger, limousine siblings – the 7-series, S-class, A8, and XJ. This is partially because those larger cars get larger engines, but more so because they’re only sold in India in their stretched, long-wheelbase guises. The result is, if you wanted to upgrade from the lesser segment to the bigger one, you had to double your budget! Imagine a price gap of Rs 50 lakh from one class to…

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2018 Nissan Leaf review, test drive

They say ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’. I wholly subscribe to the notion, but as a conscientious auto journalist I’m forced to make an exception here. With me is the second-generation Nissan Leaf and I think it’s prudent to talk about the car in some detail. Not only because it’s the follow-up to the world’s best-selling electric car, but also because this is a model that you just might see on sale in India in the not-too-distant future. The plan is to drive out of Las Vegas to…

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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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2018 Force Gurkha review, test drive

What is it? The Gurkha manufactured by Force Motors is a serious off-roader – and by serious, we mean serious; its natural environment begins where other SUVs get stuck. Right off the bat, it makes its intentions clear; how many SUVs have you seen that come factory-fitted with a snorkel? But what exactly is it? Let’s begin with the looks. Looks are subjective, so the G-Wagen-inspired lines and flat panels (with corrugations) will divide opinion. But yes, all kitted out, the three-door SUV (there’s a larger five-door version as well)…

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2018 Range Rover Velar India review, test drive

What is it? The Velar is the fourth model in Range Rover’s ever-expanding line-up; one that sits between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport in terms of size and price. Like the F-Pace, its cousin from Jaguar, the Velar uses aluminium-intensive construction and shares the same wheelbase, too. But before all else, it is (in my view) the world’s sexiest SUV. Go on – see the images and all sides of the new Rangie. I think you’ll agree – the Velar just does not have a single bad angle. The…

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2017 Volvo XC40 review, test drive

What is it? A milestone vehicle of sorts for Volvo, as with it, Volvo now has an SUV for every series of car they make. This is an important step as SUVs are all the rage right now. Volvo’s baby SUV is set to arrive here around mid-2018, and when it does, it will square off against three German rivals, BMW’s X1, Mercedes’ GLA and Audi’s Q3; its other competitor, the Jaguar E-Pace is yet to arrive here. The XC40 is also a milestone for the Swedish carmaker as it’s…

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GATE-like test for students with engineering degrees from these 3 deemed universities

Days after the Supreme Court cancelled engineering degrees granted since 2001 by three deemed universities through the distance education mode, the Union HRD ministry has called a meeting of the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Monday to protect the interests of hundreds who could be affected by the move, people familiar with the matter said. JRN Rajasthan Vidhyapeeth University, Udaipur; Vinayaka Mission Research Foundation, Salem, Tamil Nadu; and IASE Deemed University, Rajasthan — have been conducting distance engineering programmes without necessary approvals, including that from the UGC or the All India Council…

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BMW X4 M-Sport caught on test

BMW has started work on a new generation version of the X4, as seen in the recent spy shots of the one of the prototypes. Now, what we have here are pictures of the controversially designed crossover with the M-Sport design pack. The SAC (Sports Activity Coupe) has been spotted in Munich and the light camouflage covering the test car suggests it won’t be too long until official debut. Underneath, we will find the CLAR architecture, which is set to become the backbone of all BMW models from the 3-Series…

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