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Indian Man Has Been Driving Backwards Since 2003


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I’m not a big fan of going backwards in my car and I struggle to remember the last time I heard someone say how good it feels to reverse.

JA Motorsport's 230HP Super Nano Is the Tata from Hell


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Marketed as the world’s cheapest automobile, the Tata Nano doesn’t have many attractive features except its price tag – not that it helps much when it comes to convincing customers. That’s why Tata Motors has promised to build improved, pricier models.

This Special Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé is Fit for a Maharaja


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Rolls-Royce and royalty have been going hand in hand ever since the inception of the brand in the beginning of the 20th century, so no surprise that the firm has created the bespoke Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupé.

Datsun Go and Maruti Suzuki Swift Fail Miserably in Global NCAP Test


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A new crash test session from Global NCAP is exposing the worryingly low safety standards of new cars sold in India, the world’s fifth largest producer of passenger cars.

The results are all the more shocking as the cars belong to two respected global carmakers, Nissan and Suzuki.

Big Daddy Custom's Muscle Coupe Used to be a 2008 Skoda Octavia


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India's automotive scene is bursting with ideas these days, with many independent shops getting creative with all sorts of cars.

Datsun Has a Hard Time Finding Customers for its Cheap Cars


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Nissan’s budget brand Datsun hasn’t convinced too many buyers during the first months on its main three markets, India, Indonesia and Russia.

Renault's New XBA City Car for Brazil and India Scooped


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In Western markets, Renault offers the new Twingo, co-developed with Daimler's Smart brand, but for emerging markets like India and Brazil, the French are preparing a different city car.

Dacia Moved Production of UK-Bound Duster from India to Romania


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Right-hand drive Dacia Duster SUVs for the UK market are no longer built in India, as production was moved to the brand’s core plant in Romania.

Jaguar and Land Rover Triple Tata Motors' Profits in the Fiscal First Quarter


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Whenever I read about Tata Motors cashing in on the commercial success of Jaguar and Land Rover I can't help but wonder whether Ford gave up the two brands too easily in 2008.

All-New Hyundai i20 Previewed Ahead of Paris Show [w/Video]


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Following the design sketches released earlier this month, Hyundai has revealed the first official photos of its all-new i20 supermini.

2015 Fiat Punto Evo for India is What You Get When the Doc Pulls Your Face Back


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Grande Punto, Punto Evo and Nuova Punto are just different names representing different markets and…facelift iterations of the same supermini Fiat has been offering since 2005.

Watch a Small Excavator Load itself onto Truck


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Intelligence is our greatest asset as humans and if used properly it can yield impressive results. The operator of a small excavator from India proves that one doesn’t always need big resources to do his or her job properly.

Hotel Valet Causes $335k Damages After Crashing Guest's Lamborghini


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It's a valet's worst nightmare; accidentally damaging a customer's car. Now imagine that automobile being a super-expensive Italian exotic like the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder – you wouldn't want to be in those shoes, would you now…

Mahindra & Mahindra May Buy a Stake in Reborn Saab


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Apparently, NEVS doesn’t have enough money on its own to keep the restarted Saab production going, and with that thought in mind, the idea of making a 9-3-based EV seems ever more distant. However, it would appear that they may not have to do it alone, as it’s been speculated that India’s Mahindra & Mahindra may be interested in buying a share of its own.

R.I.P. Hindustan Ambassador: Born Cowley, Oxford 1956, Died Uttarpara, India 2014


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The Hindustan Ambassador, a rebadged Morris Oxford III, entered Indian production in 1958 and since then it’s been kept on the assembly line pretty much unaltered. Now, after 57 years it’s finally been phased out, as demand for it had plummited in recent years; it’s now left the company looking for alternatives to stay afloat.

This is India's Revised Fiat Grande Punto Hatch


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In a time and age when not even exotic supercars last for very long without being completely renewed or heavily revised, Fiat is sure taking a gamble with its mainstream Grande Punto that has been on sale since 2005 and won't be replaced by a new model until 2016 in Europe (possibly with a different name) and Latin America.

Bet You Never Expected to See a Mahindra SUV Like This IED Concept


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India's Mahindra&Mahindra may be trying to come out of its shell lately, acquiring South Korea's SsangYong and developing production intent concepts of the more impressive nature like the recent Halo Coupe EV, but to most people outside its home market, it remains either unknown, or the manufacturer of odd-looking / outdated SUVs like the Scorpio.

Radical Hero iON Concept Sports Lithium-Air Batteries, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Range Extender


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Lithium-air (Li-Air) is one of the many battery technologies that is currently being developed to allow EVs to travel further (and safer) on a single charge. Not yet available in production vehicles, though, they are being used in concepts, like the brilliant Indian-made Hero iON motorcycle that was recently unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo.

New Land Rover Defender to Sport Radically Different Look


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The Land Rover Defender’s look was never a primary concern, but it simple shape was never offensive, and many have grown to like it over the decades it has been in service. Now, the manufacturer is looking to replace it with an all-new and modern alternative, one that we now learn will look radically different to the classic.

Maruti Suzuki Christens Authentics Concept as the Ciaz for Delhi Auto Expo


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The compact sedan study we came to know as the Suzuki Authentics at last year's Shanghai Auto Show in China, gained a new name and a different color in its transition to the Maruti Suzuki-badged Ciaz Concept shown at this week's Delhi Auto Expo in India.