February 2013 issue is out on stands now
It's that time of the month when our latest issue hits the stands. And this month too, we have lots of exciting tests, drives, comparisons, rides and features to fuel your need for speed for all of February.
To start off, we have the prestigious CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE 2013 awards report where we have honored the best of the lot from 2012. Right from the Car of the Year to the Manufacturer of the Year, we have all grounds covered. Many manufacturers have been thinking about India-centric models not only for the entry-level pie but also in the high-end segment. Point in case is the new Mercedes ML 250CDI. It has got the same looks as the bigger 350CDI, same equipment levels but is almost Rs 10 lakh cheaper than its elder sibling. Halley tests it to see if the would-be customer loses anything in the bargain, apart from the 350CDI engine. A few months back, Chevrolet rolled out its Sail U-VA hatchback. However, as expected, sales for the same never took off in the fashion that GM would have liked. The company now is ready to launch the sedan version, the Sail. We test it to see if it has the mettle to take on the best in this highly competitive segment.
Everyone appreciates an automatic gearbox for the sheer convenience and one of the fastest growing manufacturers in the Indian automotive context, Renault has just opened sales of its Scala CVT in petrol guise and claims that this auto version is even more fuel efficient than the manual. So we do what we are best at, pit the Scala auto against the two most eligible contenders in that segment, the Rapid auto and the Honda City auto. Audi has just introduced a new Q5 in the Indian market and it goes straight for the BMW X3's throat. Which one wins? Read the issue to find out. Meanwhile, far away in Europe, Ray drives the new Hyundai Santa Fe and comes back impressed.
The 100cc motorcycle spectrum in India has been on a constant rise with manufacturer after manufacturer bringing in their choice of steeds. The latest entrant is Mahindra with its Pantero. Abhay takes a spin on this new motorcycle to see if its all new or just the Stallio rebadged. Bajaj, apart from some cosmetic changes and small mechanical upgrades to their bikes has been largely silent in the 100-110cc segment. Not anymore. The Pune-based manufacturer recently launched the Discover 100T, a motorcycle which shares its looks and chassis with the 125ST but has the most technologically advanced 100cc engine in its class. Shumi takes a spin to find out if it was worth the hype. On the other end of the spectrum, DSK-Hyosung are back with the name "Aquila". No, not the old cruiser that was sold here a decade back through Kinetic Motors but an all-new one. Not only this, there is also an update to the flagship GT650R. Time to ride then. Haven't we all urged Royal Enfield to build a V-twin engined motorcycle? But that is some time away. For the time been, two automotive nuts have taken the pains to make one and Ashok gets astride the motorcycle to see how it feels like.
Not only this, we have all the dope from the 2013 Detroit Auto Show plus all the happenings from the world of international and Indian motorsports. We also have a treasure trove of news from the motorcycle world. So what are you waiting for? Go, grab your copy today.
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