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The car’s the star at Auto Expo 2016

With the world’s leading marques and a few hundred thousand visitors, Auto Expo might be the biggest mela since the 80s, when the brothers Ram and Shyam got separated and ended up on opposite sides of the law.

But don’t fret if you couldn’t battle your way through the crowds. Stuff India has all the skinny on all the cars that really set our pulses racing.

The car's always the star - Stuff India March 2016

This article was published in the March 2016 issue of Stuff India. Pick up a copy at the stands or head over to Stuff.tv/in to read the online version.

P.S My favourite?

“…The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

In a nutshell You don’t have to settle for copycats, now that the real deal’s here!

Claim to fame It’s the Jeep. Get it in full SRT trim and you’ll get to taste an insane 470hp from the 6.7L Hemi V8. Combine that with Quadra-Trac 4×4 and you get a continent- devouring monster!

Tech on the menu This bonafide, rock-crawlin’, mud-pluggin’ 4×4 has Launch Control, 8-speed auto, paddle shifters, an 8.4in touchscreen and a 0-100km/h time of 5.0 seconds. Yup, it could embarrass many a supercar

Best driven… Wherever you may want to roam (And don’t forget to put on some Metallica on the stereo and hang up a Stars-and-Stripes out of the window)

Status On our roads soon

Price tba …”

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Chariot of the Gods: The Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI reviewed

Last month I had the chance to drive the fantastic CLS 250 CDI.  I spent a weekend with this massive, 4-door coupé, falling in love with they way it looked, felt, and drove. I’m putting up a few excerpts here on my  blog; the full-review can be found in the June 2015 issue of Stuff India Magazine. Mercedes CLS 250 CDI First Test

“…The CLS is quite the rarity on our roads, and while that does lend it  even more of a cachet, it’s not that it needs any help. That’s ‘cos whether it’s standing still or overtaking everyone else, this fearsome 4-door, 4-seater coupé looks like the proverbial million bucks. Actually, make it a billion…

…But while the CLS has always been about melding styling flair with CEO-level luxury, it doesn’t mean that the tech aspect’s been pushed under the carpet. A new, fuel-efficient oil-burner might have replaced the previous model’s V6 petrol, but the diesel’s grunt, paired with the adjustable air suspension, makes the CLS a fantastic highway cruiser. And there’s other stuff to gladden  the hearts of the 21st century sybarite – the Harman Kardon sound system, the intelligent headlamps, the 3-zone climate control, and of course, the next-gen COMAND Online infotainment system….

…The next-gen ‘COMAND’ System
Infotainment systems have come a long way since someone decided to fit an 8-track to his car so he could listen to Elvis when stuck in a nasty gridlock. Merc’s new COMAND Online system is where the logical progression of tech has brought us. Flick around the control dial and watch the 8-inch display light up with the many Internet-connected apps: Mercedes Web Radio, TuneIn Radio, Weather, RSS feeds, text-to-speech news, Morningstar Finance, hotel search, and of course, a web browser. And yes, new apps can be added and updates applied over the air. Traffic jams just became a lot more tolerable! …”

Running to the hills in a ‘lil Datsun

One of the best things about Stuff magazine is the breathtaking variety of er, stuff, you get to review. Nope, it’s not just phones and gaming gear that floats our gadgety boat, but a helluva lot more. But what’s my favourite? The chance to travel. Like that time when the folks over at Datsun decided to take us up to Rishikesh to drive their new Go+ MPV…

Datsun Go+ drive to Rishikesh - Stuff India Magazine

“…Weekend Warrior
Delhi’s infamous fog has us thinking we’re stuck in a horror movie, so
when Datsun asks us if we’d like to drive the new Go+ MPV around
Rishikesh, we don’t think twice. Heading out of Dehradun, we’re impressed by the Go+, with its 1.2-litre engine making up in torquey-ness what it lacks in capacity. Yup, powering up steep climbs is surprisingly easy for this little car, with not many gear changes required…

Rallying round for the picnic basket
Sliding the Go+ around in a dry river bed makes our day. What makes it even better is our picnic spot, hidden in a corner of the Rajaji National Park. But more than the pakoras, we loved the drive down here. In fact, I think we’ve struck upon the formula for happiness: A torquey engine, a suspension that can take a beating, and a dirt track, far, far away from civilisation. Bliss indeed…

…Temple Town
Sunrise and silence at the Triveni Ghat, with only a few worshippers (and cows) around. It’s also time for us to head back and we gotta say we’ve had fun. The Go+ drives better than you’d expect, and while it’s just not spacious enough to seat 7, you can pack enough stuff for a long vacation. Too bad the interiors are disappointingly spartan. Verdict? The Go+ isn’t really an MPV, but does make a decent hatchback for anyone who can’t resist the lure of the open road….”