Will rural sector buck the trend and help revive auto sector?

ACMA, an apex body representing the interests of the Indian auto component industry, announced that around one million jobs could be lost if the slowdown, that has set in unnoticed last year, persisted. Continue Reading

Tax arrears? No water, seems to be Metrowater credo at time of scarcity

For over a week, city residents have been battling with booking a water tanker on the website of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board due to backlogs in paying property tax. Continue Reading

Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort and Spa’s Indo-European fusion platter

Having dinner at a wonderful place during Chennai’s mixed July weather with the sea just a few minutes away and with the constant sound of waves being sonorous, it would take some beating to best the wine dinner. Continue Reading

A trip down memory lane in Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle

German auto giant Volkswagen (VW) pulled the plug and ended the production of the iconic Beetle only recently, with the last car rolling of a factory in Puebla, Mexico. The car that was called the ‘Bug’, and a few other names, fondly over the years across the globe, was nothing sort of extraordinary when it came in the 1930s. It took the automotive world by storm and even today, the cars that run on the road stay true to their origins. Continue Reading

With gov imposing more duty on fuels, citizens face heat while adopting EV

A lot has been spoken about the government’s sudden affinity towards ‘green’ vehicles. The smoldering fire burst into a small flame after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took it upon herself to impose more duty on petrol and diesel. She said it had to be done so that people will adopt electric vehicles and also because the government is spending too much on importing crude from elsewhere, for India does not produce, or rather drill and mine, its own fossil fuel. Continue Reading

Special food fest at ibis Chennai offers authentic taste from Delhi

The fest is on till 12 July. It is open for lunch between 12 noon and 3 pm and for dinner between 7 pm and 10 pm. For details, contact 89398 42272. Continue Reading

Auto refurbishing industry set to thrive again, thanks to electric vehicles

There was a time when people who had bikes and cars in India were seen with awe and naturally, respected, for they had the money to buy and run those vehicles. With very few vehicle owners, the aftermarket industry was not a great one back in the day, with only OEMs and certain houses present and prevalent. Thus, the informal sector grew and ran successfully alongside the formal sector when it came to the automotive industry. Continue Reading

Chennai’s second eco-park comes up at Paruthipattu lake, Avadi

Paruthipattu lake in Avadi has been restored and renovated with modern facilities including provisions for boating and is set to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami 17 June, according to sources. Continue Reading

Reasons why automakers should adopt tyres with soundproofing foams

One of the most important inventions of mankind is the wheel and even today, engineers are finding ways to make it better for the entire automotive world depends on it. Funnily enough, the whole host of technological advancements that make cars and bikes faster and safer today, will be of no use if the wheels and tyres are not able to transfer power made by the car’s powertrain and provide grip. Continue Reading

YouTube videos by youngsters modifying cars reminds our passion for driving

I have the habit of watching YouTube videos quite a lot and more often than not the films I choose will be about cars. Well, you might roll your eyes thinking, ‘Aah, the person who writes a column on automobiles watches car videos! Boo’. Exercise patience and hear me out on this one. Continue Reading