Tata Hexa Hatchback First Drive

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Tata Hexa Overview The Hexa is a crossover offered by Tata Motors in India in a diesel engine option with two states of tune, a VARICOR320 and a VARICOR400. It is available in six as well as seven seater versions and features individual AC vents for each row, captain seats (six seater variants only), dual headlamp unit with projector beams, an infotainment system with various speaker configurations on all variants. While the lower versions are offered with a 16 inch steel rim, the higher trims, XT, XTA and XT 4X4 is available with a 19 inch alloy wheel. The engines are mated to a 6 speed automatic and a 6 speed manual transmission for the VARICOR400 variants and a 5 speed manual transmission on the VARICOR320 trims. All variants of…
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Honda Brio Facelift Review & Test Drive

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 Honda Brio Overview The Honda Brio, launched in September 2011, marked Honda’s aim of capturing the market of small cars and brought in the much-needed sales figures. The launch of Brio, along with the Amaze (its sedan sibling), has turned around the fortunes for Honda with the car eating up into sales of small car leaders, like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. The Brio is a very modern-looking car and appeals to the 21st century buyer in more than one ways. The price, value, space and comfort are good, if not the best, for its segment. Also, carrying the Honda badge has helped its case a lot. The Honda Brio is the second hatchback from Honda after Jazz, which was a world-class product only let down by its pricing. Being a…
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Land Rover Discovery Review & Test drive

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Land Rover Discovery Overview The Land Rover Discovery has been around since 1989, and is one of the world's most sought after and coveted SUV nameplates. Over the years, it has developed an image and reputation for being a true workhorse, a very capable off-roader, and still has a very premium appeal about it. The new Discovery 5 is now ready to rumble, and tries to take all of that legacy forward, but in a new direction. For the past few years we have seen Land Rover consciously move all its existing brands up the price scale, in order to a) create room for each brand family to grow, and b) to create new families of vehicles. We know that Range Rover will always be at the pinnacle of that…
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Hyundai Verna Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

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Hyundai Verna Overview Hyundai had been struggling for a while in the sedan segment with the older Verna as it lacked features compared to its main rivals such as the Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Now though, the company has launched the 5th generation Verna in order to counter the competition and grab a bigger slice of the large sedan segment in India. The all-new Verna now features a host of improvements in almost all areas and one would expect Hyundai has adopted its usual strategy of loading the car with many features from a segment above. In addition, the new Hyundai Verna has also been priced competitively and all variants too have been packaged intelligently, which is bound to attract a lot of attention. Within four days of…
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Mercedes Benz GLA Class Engine & Test Drive

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Overview The Mercedes-Benz GLA was launched for the 2014 model year as the company’s smallest crossover to date. Sharing the same platform with the A-Class, B-Class, and the CLA four-door coupe, it’s the SUV equivalent of the A-Class hatchback, which is why it’s wearing the "GLA" badge. Designed to compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, which were launched earlier on the market, the GLA slots below the GLC in the lineup. Powered by four-cylinder engines exclusively, the crossover is available with both gasoline and diesel powerplants in Europe. In the U.S., however, only a gasoline mill is offered, alongside the beefed-up AMG version. The GLA received its mid-cycle update for the 2018 model year at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Not surprisingly, the facelift is rather…
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