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Vol-2 / Issue-12 / September 2012 / `50/-

Vol 2 / Issue 12 september 2012

Defining lifestyle in all essence

8.5Cr. EVADE

New BMW 3 Series

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scala Encore!

Test drives Hyundai Elantra

Nissan Evalia

travel

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Driving to Wayanad in Kerala

Splurge

Four points by Sheraton Hotels & Serviced Apartments

rejuvenate

Unwinding at the Sawasdee Traditional Thai Spa

gadgets

Nokia Asha 301 and 305


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ditor’s Letter Dear Readers,

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lmost every automotive journalist who drove the Renault Scala sedan in the hilly terrain of Shimla in North India recently would not have bothered to ask what the word Scala meant. Some may already know it. Marc Nassif, Managing Director of Renault India, a keen musician, with family links to the Italian and Egyptian opera houses, chose this name because he has always been in awe of the La Scala Opera theatre in Italy. Now that I had driven the car too and read up a lot about opera, I was keen to link the car to anything ‘Opera’. Finally, I was able to source the picture of a native of Montreal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin who was in June 2010 appointed Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His picture has been taken by Marco Borggreve. There could not have been a better combination of pictures to highlight the beautiful Scala. Car N Style magazine is into its second month as a standalone magazine. The first one priced at 50 was like a breath of fresh air in the mundane world of automobile magazines. There is no denying the fact that our product is proving to be the little David among the Goliaths of the publishing industry. This magazine will keep evolving as we move on, expressing itself as a lifestyle magazine that brings together the worlds of automobiles, travel and gadgets, apart from other lifestyle subjects. If you would have noticed, we have also increased the font size of the Car N Style title and have made the magazine far more stylish and interesting. As usual, it’s got a whole lot of brief reviews of cars and bikes. We drove the Nissan Evalia, the Hyundai Elantra and rode bikes like the Suzuki Hayate, KTM 200 Duke and the Honda CBR 250R. Travel reports definitely bring character to our lifestyle magazine. Our Pune-based writer Jyoti Balani has written extensively on travel and related subjects, apart from cuisine. There is an interesting report on food and numerology. The write-up is part of a series of nine. Jyoti consulted prominent numerologist, Swetta Jumaani and she came up with a list of ingredients suitable to each number starting from number 1. These ingredients were then passed onto talented chefs from Pune to create 6 unique recipes using their creativity and imagination. Read on, for some very interesting news!

P. Tharyan

Editor Punnoose Tharyan Editorial Advisors Salil Sharma, Alexander T., Annie Jacob -------------------------EDITORIAL TEAM News Coordinator Jisha Ponnappan Sr. Correspondents Avishek Banerjee, Noble Varghese Sr. Correspondent (Travel) Partho S. Nag Correspondent Priscilla Joanne Waters -------------------------PHOTOGRAPHY Sr. Photographer Mohd. Nasir, Rajiv Bhendwal -------------------------MARKETING Sr Manager : Business Strategy Avijit Lahiri Asst. Manager - Advertising (online) Nishant Nagar

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contents 16. Aston Martin Vanquish for 3.85Cr Aston Martin has launched the 2013 Vanquish sports tourer with a price tag of 3.85 crore, (ex-showroom Mumbai). Incidentally, the Vanquish is the flagship car in the British sports carmaker’s lineup and the most expensive too. The Vanquish is powered by a 6.0 litre, V12 naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces a peak power of 565bhp at 6,750 rpm and generates a peak torque of 620 Nm is generated at 5,500 rpm.

10. EVADE, a 8.5cr revolution in India by 2012-end By end-2012, traffic would come to a standstill on Indian roads. No traffic restrictions, just that an SUV would be launched here at a cost of 8 crore plus. Men would drool, women would faint and the have-nots would merely stare enviously! Conquest Vehicles Inc., a Toronto-based company that is responsible for the handcrafted, fully armored luxury Knight XV, would be selling the Evade in India.

22. First Drive: Renault Scala encore! 16. Pebble Beach - A Contest of Elegance The Concours d’Elegance held at Pebble Beach, California each year is a showcase of the most beautiful, vintage and rare automobiles in the world that come together to be judged as the most elegant of the lot.

Nassif hopes that Scala will create a stir in the sedan segment in India. It’s basically a Nissan Sunny sedan smartly camouflaged in new attire. Deja vu? A la Pulse and Micra way!

84. Unwinding at the Sawasdee Traditional Thai Spa 78. Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Serviced Apartments Conveniently located only 3 kilometers from the airport and 200 meters from Phoenix Market City, Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Serviced Apartments in Pune is the perfect choice for business or pleasure when visiting the city of the Peshwas.

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The human body is the most complex yet beautiful creation. What it needs most is a special time where it can be pampered and rejuvenated to stand up again and take on all odds.

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Tutu’s fine tunes

Renault Scala Déjà vu R.K. Dhawan (Tutu)

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ne look at the Renault Scala and you wonder why the company had to pick the Nissan Sunny and camouflage it for you. I wonder how the general public will take it. Today the consumer is far more informed about the products he intends to buy. If there are no major differences between two cars, then why should a person buy them? Everybody is interested in upgrading to a new car. The Renault Scala would definitely not be a volume player for the company. For the volumes, the Duster is doing the job for them. Of course, the Duster”s popularity could possibly rub off on the Scala too. With the Scala coming into the Renault India fold, it would be the company’s fifth offering for the country. This is bound to make the Renault India dealers a happy lot. For Renault, the only major success story has been the Duster. The cars before that did not set the sales charts afire. The Scala too is not likely to be a great success. It will do well in its category but it is unlikely to be a hot seller. I am surprised why Renault with a great DNA does not come with a standalone product of its own where you are able to excite the customer. Only on that basis can you make a dent in that segment. You can share platforms and engines, but the end product needs to distinguish

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itself. Today, the Fiat engine is shared by three manufacturers—Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors and Fiat India. Yet, each one is doing relatively well. Each of these three companies may be sharing the engine but the products are distinct in shape, size and looks. In the case of Renault too, the engineering could have been the same, but the overall product had to be different. The Scala and the Sunny share almost

the same features and looks. I am not for such similarities between two cars. If I was given a choice, I would not have done it. This only indicates that Renault has nothing different to show to the world. With the Scala they seem to be telling the consumers, “We are sorry, this is all we have to offer”. At the end of the day, every consumer wants something different, which brings a little more excitement in their lives. You may be wearing a watch for a few years,

but after some time you would like to change it, not because the watch is bad, but you want a new one that excites you. You do not really want to wear one that looks dated. The same goes for everything you buy, even your cars. Today you cannot wear out a car; you simply get bored of it. Thus, if you are bored of a Sunny, would you be buying a Scala? Apart from the excitement a new car has to offer in terms of its looks it should also have exciting features. Features like park assist etc should come as standard fitments in the top model at least. It’s good that they are offering foldable outside rear view mirrors. But a reverse parking camera should have been another feature. With parking spaces shrinking, this feature of a rear view parking camera is a real must. A stage might also come when we would require gull wings or sliding doors to get out of a car because there would be no space to open the door to get in our out. There are so many car manufacturers who use the same platform to make different cars. The Innova and the Fortuner share the same platform, yet they are so different. Nobody can guess that the platforms are same. Renault is no small car manufacturer. It’s a company with muscles. Look how well they are doing in the F1 circuit. Obviously people expect something exciting from the company. (As told to P. Tharyan)

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Footloose

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF THE INDIAN ROADS Murad Ali Baig

1. Might is right. Never give way to lesser vehicles or lesser mortals. Sacred caste hierarchies apply to vehicles as much as to people. The few timid owner-drivers are a minority. The dominant drivers of Indian trucks, buses, taxis and corporate cars having recently migrated from their villages only understand the jungle lore of the survival of the fittest. They drive their vehicles as if they were 100 horse power bullock carts and, therefore, have no conditioning for the use of brakes. Loud and hoarse horns have, however, replaced the loud and hoarse shouts and abuse customary for ploughing through raucous traffic. 2. WHAT LAWS? Everyone knows that one must only obey one’s own inner dharma and follow the dictates of custom and ritual which exalts the importance on ‘I’, ‘me’ and ‘mine’. The statutory laws and regulations concerning stop lights, zebra crossings, one way streets, right of way, no horn zones, vehicle modifications, brakes, anti pollution, etc., are just the whims of the rulers in power and have no real moral weight. At worst, non-observance will lead to fines and a little police harassment usually amounting to little more than an abusive warning. 3. Slack enforcement of laws. The traffic cops are, after all, villagers of the same basic peasant stock as the aforementioned drivers and can, therefore, be relied upon to not take their official duties too seriously. They basically sympathise with errant drivers and would not dream of stern action, which could harm their meagre livelihoods. In exchange for a few customary notes, they will let things go their own way.

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4. Divine inspiration directs mortal man. Miracles can be observed at every cross road when vehicles roaring down from the four directions seem to, at the very last moment, find inspired ways of disentangling themselves from certain disaster. A mysterious autopilot, like some heavenly bullock seems to enable them to nose their way out of an intractable mess. 5. The meek shall inherit the earth. Road rules do not apply to pedestrians who will boldly walk onto the highways without a glance to the right or left. Cyclists, like shoals of fish, swarm and swerve in miraculous ways. Woe betides any motorist who dares to touch them let alone knock them down. Angry crowds will quickly materialise to confirm beyond any shadow of doubt that the fault was entirely on the part of the big, bad motorist. The cops will soon be in for the kill for they know that motorists’ pockets run long and deep. 6. Holy cow. Serene in the middle of the road and given wide berth by all. Helpfully doing the jobs of the sanitary staff in clearing the uncleaned rubbish bins, they eternally chew their cud and philosophically observe the crazy antics of humans, secure in the knowledge that no one would dare to push them, hurt them or remove them. 7. A woman’s place is at home. Most male drivers consider women a positive hazard on the roads. Apart from being distractions that turn men’s heads and contribute to traffic accidents, their scatter-brained attempts to drive cars and scooters are invitations to disaster. Statistics proving that women are safer drivers must be the result of their

devious manipulations. The Indian road is unquestionably a Man’s world and the foolish women who venture there fully deserve the ogles and whistles which they complain about. 8. Freedom of expression. Every citizen has the democratic right to express him or herself volubly on directions, driving and traffic situations. Back seat driving is a national right. This is usually quite harmless unless there is a lady driver who needs to turn around for eye contact to confirm what she is saying. 9. The devil takes the hind seat. Driving demands daring and audacity. An opportunity lost, is lost forever. So every little gap in traffic must be exploited immediately. Pushing and shoving is the norm especially at red lights or railway crossings and it’s just bad Karma if the oncoming traffic is paralysed. The orderly driving observed in the West is so unutterably boring. A few scraped fenders and frayed tempers are part of the colourful fun of driving on the Indian roads. 10. The seven deadly sins are just sanctimonious sludge puddle. Which sane driver is not driven by greed to get an opulent car, which enhances his pride and is the envy of all others? Which Indian driver does not lustily fantasise intimate moments with an attractive bird on the scooter ahead? Which driver does not hate the cops and other drivers and does not give full vent to his anger with wild gesticulations and unheard abuse?

(The views expressed by the author are personal)

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Let’s join hands

in helping the old, the destitute & the underprivileged

There are 42 abandoned-homeless senior citizens living in “Ayurda” old age home and 125 poor, destitute children are studying in “Agamya” school at the same compound in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Please help us in donating raw food, stationery, old furniture, used toys or used clothes for poor and needy people. You may consider to sponsor one-time meal on any special occasion such as birthday, anniversary or any other memorable day.

The Earth Saviours Foundation (NGO) (Recognised by the Government of India) (License under 80G of Income Tax & FCRA) Address: 34, Greeen Avenue Road, Near ‘D’ Block Church, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 110070 Contact person: Ravi Kalra, Mobile: 9818171695, 9871675485 Email: svearth@yahoo.com Website: www.savearth.in


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EVADE, a 8.5cr revolution

in India by 2012-end

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Report: P.Tharyan By end-2012, traffic would come to a standstill on Indian roads. No traffic restrictions, just that an SUV would be launched here at a cost of 8.5 crore. Men would drool, women would faint and the have-nots would merely stare enviously! Conquest Vehicles Inc., a Toronto-based company that is responsible for the handcrafted, fully armored luxury Knight XV, would be selling the Evade in India. The Evade will be the company’s first unarmored SUV, announced William Maizlin, President, Conquest Vehicles. Evade incorporates various composite materials, metals, high-grade leathers and high-grade alcantara to create luxury finishes throughout the vehicle. “We have a formal partner (Magus Group) who is serving as our master importer/distributor for the Indian market. We are aiming to have a vehicle in the country soon and will be holding a launch event thereafter,” said Seth Feller, Vice President, Global Brand Development & Communications, Conquest Vehicles Inc based out of Canada in a communication to Car N Style. “Evade is a revolution to the Indian SUV unarmored segment. With our patrons exhausted with the current limited options available, they are now eagerly awaiting Magus Cars to bring to market fresh and innovative brands such as the upcoming launch of Conquest Vehicles’ Evade by the end of this year -- at 8.5cr, Evade will prove to be the most luxurious and expensive SUV in India”, said Jatin Ahuja, Vice President, The Magus Group.

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The new body style, design and aesthetic of Evade (which Conquest Vehicle’s flagship vehicle, the Knight XV will also inherit), includes new headlights and tail lights sleekly wrapping around the sides of the vehicle, narrower fender flares, a redesigned grille, hood scoop, the addition of a third tandem sunroof and a wider backdoor to accommodate Evade’s wider body frame to allow for exit/entry of executive security through the rear of the vehicle. The rear bumper now features an integrated step to simplify this access. Evade will be built on a Ford F550 Super Duty Chassis and its massive unarmored skin will be made from an aluminum-mild steel blend, making it significantly lighter then the Knight XV. The first Evade is scheduled to roll off the production line by September-October, 2012 with features like air ride suspension, power windows, and 360-degree roof mounted, joystick controlled searchlights. The vehicle is offered in 4x4, and is available with either a gasoline or diesel engine. Evade will also come equipped with FLIR night vision camera systems in the front and rear of the vehicle. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Conquest Vehicles is comprised of the automotive industry’s most respected talent whose award-winning experience in engineering, fabrication, design, armoring and customisation combine to create one-of-a-kind vehicles unrivaled and unmatched in today’s security and luxury automotive marketplace.

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Hyundai Elantra: Return of the Fluidic Mantra The Elantra Fluidic sedan is back to set pulses racing this season. Embellished with a futuristic design, luxurious interiors, advanced high-end features and cutting-edge technology the Elantra will surely win you over in seconds. Available both in petrol and diesel engine options for the Indian market and with both the powertrains having a 6 speed manual and automatic transmission options, the Elantra is on a roll. The car is available in 7 variants, 4 in diesel and 3 in petrol guises. It is loaded with a 1.8 litre petrol powered engine with direct injection generating a maximum power of 148bhp and a peak torque of 180 Nm and also giving a 16.3 kmpl mileage. The diesel engine, offers a mileage of 22.7kmpl, is borrowed from its younger sibling Verna Fluidic and is the same 1.6 litre common rail turbocharged unit churning out a maximum power of 126bhp and a peak torque of 260Nm. The all-new Elantra is packed with a range of safety features like Electronic

Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill Hold Control, 6 Airbags and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Loaded with creature comforts like a dual zone climate control option, cruise control, push button start with keyless entry, ventilated front seats, 6 way fully adjustable driver seat, steering mounted audio controls with Bluetooth, et al ,the Elantra surely means serious business.

Ex-showroom Delhi prices of Hyundai Elantra Petrol S M/T

12.51 lakh

Petrol SX M/T

13.74 lakh

Petrol SX A/T

14.24 lakh

Diesel Base

12.91 lakh

Diesel S M/T

13.64 lakh

Diesel SX M/T

14.85 lakh

Diesel SX A/T

15.85 lakh

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 launched Bajaj Auto Ltd. launched the 2012 edition of the Kawasaki Ninja 650 in Pune at an exshowroom price of 500,000 (New Delhi). The 2012 edition follows the highly successful 2011 Ninja 650 edition. Sporting an aggressive styling, 72PS power, a host of new features and an optimal mix of ride and handling the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is the ideal superbike for Indian roads. Available at more than 50 KTM/Kawasaki showrooms across the country, it will be backed by the largest exclusive sales and service network for high-performance motorcycles. After the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and the KTM 200 Duke, the new 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is the third premium sports motorcycle model

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introduced in India by Bajaj Auto Limited. Amit Nandi, Vice President, Probiking, Bajaj Auto Ltd., said, “In KTM and Kawasaki we offer two of the sportiest motorcycle brands in the world through a sales and after-sales network that has been specially

created to cater to the specific needs of motorcycle enthusiasts. With the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and 650 we created a category of ‘practical superbikes’ and as a result enjoy a dominant market share of more than 60pc in that category.” Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto Ltd., said, “KTM and Kawasaki areour global business partners and along with them we aim to build on our already dominant position in the sports motorcycle segment in India with the Pulsar. There are a number of initiatives in the pipeline on all these three brands that would be introduced over the next 18 months”.

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7th Gen Toyota Camry for 23.8 lakh Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has launched the 7th generation of its E segment sedan for 23.8 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). To be available only in a petrol avatar, the 2012 Toyota Camry will be fighting a tough battle with Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata Fluidic, Skoda Superb, Nissan Teana and VW Passat. The 2012 Camry comes with a 2.5 litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that

outputs a peak power of 181PS@6,000rpm while peak torque comes in at 233Nm@4,100rpm. Delivering a mileage of 12.1kmpl, this powerplant features dual variable valve timing and comes mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting as standard. “This is the only variant we are launching. Neither do we have a manual transmission

for the car, nor do we plan to bring in a diesel/ hybrid engine for India,� said Sandeep Singh, Deputy Managing Director (Marketing), TKM. Inside, the car sports spruced up interiors with wood and leather combination, leather seats with powered adjustment, dualzone climate control, a new instrument panel, touch screen entertainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, multifunctional steering wheel, cruise control, automatic wipers, 8-way power adjustable driver seat, Head-Up Display (HUD), reverse parking camera, etc. On the safety front, the car is loaded with ABS, EBD, ESP and 6 airbags as standard equipment. Available in beige metallic, attitude black, white pearl crystal shine and silver metallic colours, the new Camry can now be booked across all Toyota dealerships for 50,000.

Mercedes Benz R350 CDI 4Matic Mercedes Benz has introduced the diesel variant of crossover model R350 4MAtic in India. The R350 CDI 4MATIC has a 2987cc V6 diesel engine, 7G-Tronic with 4WD transmission and a mileage of 11.25 kmpl. The four-door vehicle has a wide-opening tailgate, can easily accommodate 7 full size adults, and has lots of head and elbow room for all the occupants. The versatile interior boasts a generous luggage compartment capable of accommodating between 633 and 2,385 litres. The overall impression of the R350 CDI 4Matic is determined by integrity of design that encapsulates the unique personality of this highly versatile vehicle. The new R-Class seamlessly blends function and style with sporty aluminum trim, electric sunroof, 18-inch ten spoke alloy wheels, chrome package, and LED daytime running lights. The Audio system of the R350 CDI 4Matic boasts of an in-dash six-disc CD

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changer and Universal media interface. Features like electrically adjustable telescopic steering wheel, Memory seats, three zone automatic climate control and

air-conditioning for rear row passengers add to the comfort of elite customers thereby making the car a very attractive proposition.

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Aston Martin Vanquish for 3.85Cr

Aston Martin has launched the 2013 Vanquish sports tourer with a price tag of 3.85 crore, ex-showroom Mumbai. Incidentally, the Vanquish is the flagship car in the British sports carmaker’s lineup and the most expensive too. The Vanquish is powered by a 6.0 litre, V12 naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces a peak power of 565bhp at 6,750 rpm and generates a peak torque of 620 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a dual clutch six-speed automatic transmission that is equipped with a Touchtronic 2 paddle shifters. Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ulrich Bez said: “Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability. It offers luxurious, continent-crossing capability and pure driving excitement without compromise. Bearing the same name as the iconic V12 Vanquish that did so much to cement Aston Martin’s reputation as a maker of great GT cars in the modern era. I believe the car unveiled once again puts this great British brand at the top of its class. As happy on the streets of a bustling city as it is carving through the countryside or long distance motorway touring, the Vanquish offers a thoroughbred British luxury sports car that’s also suited to everyday use.”

All-new Range Rover revealed The fourth generation of the unique Range Rover line, the allnew Range Rover model has been developed from the ground up, capturing the innovative spirit and iconic design of the original model which changed the world of motoring when it was launched over 40 years ago. The world’s first SUV with a revolutionary lightweight allaluminium monocoque body structure is 39pc lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model enabling total vehicle weight savings of up to 420kg. The lightweight aluminium platform has delivered significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with a transformation in fuel economy and CO2 emissions. In addition to the strong and rigid lightweight body, allnew aluminium front and rear chassis architecture has been developed with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. While the luxurious ride has been retained, the vehicle’s handling and agility have been significantly improved.

Audi India launches Audi A8 L 4.2 TDI Audi India unveiled the new Audi A8 L sedan with a 4.2 TDI engine. The 4.2 TDI is a V8 engine which generates power of 258 kW (350 hp) and delivers 800 Nm of torque between 1750-2750 rpm, makes it the sportiest diesel saloon in the luxury class. The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were cut on average by 15pc. It accelerates from 0-100 kmph in 5.6 seconds. The car is priced at 10,075,000 onwards (ex-showroom Maharashtra). The length and wheelbase have both been stretched by 13 centimeters versus the standard normal version wheelbase to measure 5.27 meters, offering increased comfort to rear seat passengers. It is available with an optional relaxation seat with power footrest. A number of seating options are available, including the massage function and rear seat entertainment.

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Yamuna Expressway: Road to the future

Report: Noble Varghese, Photography: Mohd. Nasir This is the future we’ll be driving our cars on. The Delhi-Agra Yamuna Expressway is a hint of good things to come. The 165 km long stretch is as smooth as silk and is going to let us drive at speeds the whole world has been used to for years. Earlier, seeing the Taj Mahal was something to look forward to, but getting there was dreaded. The 5 odd hours it took to reach the place completely drained the energy out of you. Seeing the Taj when you stepped into that courtyard would put some life back, but by the time you got back home you were

probably cursing yourself on why you ever made the trip. The Yamuna Expressway is going to change all that. The quality of the road is fantastic, and because it is made out of concrete and not tarmac, is prone to less wear and tear. The day we drove on the expressway, the toll was free, but now you’ll have to shell out 320 for one way and 510 for a round trip if you’re in a car. On a bike, you’ll have to pay 150 one-way and 240 a round trip. Keep in mind to have enough fuel to last you, check the condition and pressure of the

tyres, and make sure you’ve had proper rest. Running continuously at high speeds for long periods of time can result in the tyres blowing up, or you falling asleep on the wheel – both of which could lead to highly unpleasant experiences. There are restaurants and wash-rooms at every toll gate so you don’t have to hold anything in for too long. With more roads like these coming up in our country, the development of the whole nation could see a manifold increase.

MapmyIndia’s CarPad 5 GPS Navigator CarPad 5, the next generation of MapmyIndia’s connected car products, is an all-In-One GPS Navigator, Smart Phone and 3G Tablet, which runs on 1GHz Samsung processor (Cortex A8, S5PV210), Android OS, built-in 3G & Wi-Fi and has a 5 inch capacitive touch screen. The new navigation device is pre-loaded with Aura, MapmyIndia’s latest, fully 3D and connected GPS navigation interface. The map covers over 6.3 million places, 5,79,000 towns and villages, 4000 cities at street-level, houselevel data for 36 cities and 3D landmarks and building footprints for 34 major cities. All the maps are loaded on to the device, making it independent of the network. MapmyIndia CarPad 5 is priced at 19,990 (which includes the CarPad 5 device with 3G, Wi-Fi, 4GB SD card memory, pre-installed MapmyIndia Navigator Aura, containing the CarPad windshield mount and Car charger).

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Report: Noble Varghese

here are two kinds of people in the world – the rich and the poor. The poor, when they want to appreciate beauty (both the wheeled and the legged variety), visit the Delhi Auto Expo, where they can appreciate all they want, provided they stand in line. The rich, on the other hand go to the Concours d’Elegance. The only provision expected is that you have a glass of awfully expensive wine in one hand and a designer clutch in the other – or a wife with a designer clutch. The Concours d’Elegance held at Pebble Beach, California each year is a showcase of the most beautiful, vintage and rare automobiles in the world that come together to be judged for their elegance. It is the finale event of the week long exhibition of classic cars held at the Monterey County in California. Past greats have included Ferraris (obviously) like the 250 GTO and the 250 Testarossa, the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, Duesenbergs, Aston Martins (like the DB4 Zagato Coupe), the gorgeous Bugatti Type 57C, and recently a Ford GT40 which sold for a record US $11 million – the most expensive American-built car to be ever sold at an auction. Another Ferrari that went for the same amount recently was the 250 California LWB Spider. Oh did I forget to mention that? Yes it’s also a coming together of some of the most expensive cars to have ever been driven-----Millions and millions of dollars worth of cars and bikes being shown off proudly by their owners. There are countless auctions that happen around the area of Monterey during the week and it is this time of the year when mere mortals like us are introduced to figures of money previously thought to be only with governments.

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Pebble Beach A Contest of Elegance

Arnold Schwarzenegger at Pebble Beach 2012

1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight race car

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Jay Leno at Pebble Beach 2012 1960 California 250 LWB Spider Competizione

The Concours d’Elegance held at Pebble Beach, California each year is a showcase of the most beautiful, vintage and rare automobiles in the world.

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News in Started in 1950 as a social gathering of the elite which was accompanied by a road race through the forests of Pebble Beach, the contest has now grown to become the biggest and most prestigious car show in the world. Awards are given to pre-war, post-war, vintage and classic cars based on different classes decided by the organisers. The different category winners are judged based on their level of originality, preservation/restoration, amount of racing history involved, level of technology present for the time of the car, the styling and rarity. The car should still be driveable and most of all, as the contest declares, the car should be “Elegant”.

The Swan built in India in 1920

1914 Duesenberg Race Car

A 1924 Rolls Royce Barker Tourer, entered by Shirji Arvind Singh Mewar, Maharana of Udaipur, won the Lucius Beebe special award This year’s Concours d’Elegance was just as evocative and money generating as you could possibly imagine. As I said earlier, there were two cars that sold for an eyepopping US $11 million. The 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight race car, one of only two existing, was used by Steve McQueen as a camera car in his 1971 film Le Mans. McQueen, known to possess testicles of steel, wanted to shoot

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1931 Duesenberg J Derham Tourster.

1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster

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1927 Packard 343 Eight Murphy Roadste

1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B Kellner Cabriolet

1939 Bugatti Type 57 Saoutchik Cabriolet

1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B Kellner Cabriolet

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1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 Saoutchik Grand Sport Coupe.

1948 Norman Timbs Emil Diedt Roadster at Pebble Beach 2012

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Aston Martin Vanquish

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Bugatti Type 57C

1952 Sterling Gladwin Maverick Sportster

BMW Zagato Roadster

McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition

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the racing sequences of his film at actual race car speeds. So he bought the fastest car he could get his hands on, chopped off the roof, fit in a huge camera and raced it around the track with the other cars. This went on for five months until the end of filming, following which it was sold off to a string of car collectors who kept restoring and preserving it till it ended up on Pebble Beach this year to blow our collective minds away. The 1960 California 250 LWB Spider Competizione, another extremely rare car, does not have such an interesting history but went for US $11 million nonetheless, probably because it was red in colour and had a horse on its bonnet. One of the categories that the cars are entered in is the Concept Car category. Now this is where the manufacturers of our times try to get a foot into the show, by entering concepts that might or might not be eventually built but end up on teenagers’ posters anyway. Not to mention the huge amount of prestige involved in being associated with the contest. BMW showed the Zagato Roadster this year and Lamborghini showcased their new Urus concept SUV. These will probably be allowed to be drooled over in their respective showrooms in the near future. India was in the picture too this year. A 1924 Rolls Royce Barker Tourer, entered by Shirji Arvind Singh Mewar, Maharana of Udaipur, won the Lucius Beebe special award. Now check out the pictures on these pages, and ask yourself, how much would you be able to make if you sold your kidneys, your house, a couple of your children and worked three jobs together, so you could someday be able to afford one of the cars shown here.

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Renault Scala Encore! Report: P. Tharyan , Photography: Mohd. Nasir

Picture for representation purpose only: Yannick NĂŠzet-SĂŠguin is Music Director Designate of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Picture by Marco Borggreve

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eatro alla Scala is a world renowned opera house in Milan, Italy. Today, the theatre is recognised as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world and is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra. Unknown, perhaps, to this famous Italian theatre is another Scala that is going to change the way we Indians drive....Renault’s new Scala sedan. And mind you, the name of

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comparison to its cousin from the Japanese company Nissan. The Scala too comes in two versions of petrol and diesel which in turn have two trim levels each (RXE & RXL) and (RXL & RXZ) respectively . Under the bonnet of the car is a 1498cc XH2 petrol engine, while the diesel car has a 1461cc Renault K9K engine. Undoubtedly, the Scala looks more appealing than the Sunny with its smarter grille, stylish headlamps and alloy wheels. Nassif has ensured that the Scala comes with a lot of chrome inside, especially the door handles, thereby making it more attractive than its Japanese cousin. We drove a jet black diesel version RXL. The drive started from the Chandigarh airport and we drove

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all the way beyond the Shimla Mall to the Wildflower Hall run by the Oberoi group, situated at 8,250 feet in the magnificent Himalayas. As we began our drive we noticed that the fuel was not topped at all. It was way below the ‘Full’ mark. On our way back the next day from the hotel, there was still plenty of diesel left. The car actually gives around 21.64kmpl. On our way out of Chandigarh, we sped effortlessly on the Himalayan Expressway. There was no stopping this car. But the climb required that I change gears frequently to ensure that the engine did not lose it’s power. The ride quality was amazing, a fact that we discovered when we drove over rough roads and short patches of slush and rubble. The suspension was obviously fine tuned to give

adequate ride comfort to the occupants. There’s plenty of space in the car too. Obviously it is another version of the Caaar! Back seat space is very adequate and I also felt that the seats were a tad more comfortable than the Sunny seats. Though I drove the RXL, I heard that the top end RXZ comes with leather seats. But what should have been offered in the RXL and RXZ versions are a reverse parking camera or sensors and a USB outlet in the music system. Maybe there’s enough time for them to include these features before the big launch around festival time. All in all, you cannot separate two cousins, the striking resemblance is there for all to see.....But after the Duster, the company is hopeful it would be an encore with the Scala!

Technical SPECIFICATIONs Engine

Renault K9K diesel engine

Displacement Output

86bhp@3750rpm

Max. torque

200Nm@2000rpm

Transmission

5-speed manual

Wheels & Tyres (RXL & RXZ)

185/65 R15 alloy

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490 litres

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BMW 320d Three Cheers!

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Dr. Andreas Schaaf with Sachin

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expected the launch of the new BMW 3 Series to be a real dull and mundane affair in Mumbai. I carried along a camera, hoping to capture this rather stifling proceeding to which I thought I was being invited. Sachin Tendulkar was to launch the vehicle. So what? I was no great fan of his, though more than half the Indian population would willingly lynch me to death for my uncaring stance. Suddenly the lights came on the stage and BMW India’s energetic

President Dr. Andreas Schaaf spoke on the virtues of the new car he was launching. Then Sachin stepped in and he looked so irresistibly handsome that the gleaming red BMW and the God of Indian cricket were in absolute sync. Schaaf smiled, as though he knew that his cars had a profound impact on everyone who gets associated with a BMW. A few days later, I got my hands on the 320d Luxury Plus variant and by Jove, isn’t this car every man dreams of when he climbs the ladder of

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success? When I took the wheel of the diesel 3 Series, I couldn’t help but nod in agreement to everything what Sachin had said about the new BMW 3 Series. No wonder BMW is calling it the Ultimate 3. This is the sixth generation BMW 3 Series. The all-new BMW 3 Series is available in two design schemes – Sport Line and Luxury Line. Sport Line ensures a rush of adrenaline with sporty styling and interiors while Luxury Line indulges you to move in style with elegant contours and luxurious features. The new BMW 3 Series has literally grown in stature and size compared to its predecessor. It’s got a wider track

(front + 37 mm, rear + 47 mm), the length of the car has increased by 93 mm and the wheel base by 50 mm. There you go, with everything around you shrinking in size, here’s something which is actually giving you more value for money. The car comes in both petrol and diesel engine options. For the petrol there is the 328i Sport Line. For the diesel you have the 320d, the 320d Sport Line, the 320d Luxury Line and the 320d Luxury Plus. So how did I know I was driving the 320d Luxury Plus? Well, it’s got 320d written behind the vehicle and once you get in, all you have to do is to look up to the heavens and you get to see a glass sun roof. This only comes in the

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components (including a disengageable air conditioning compressor) also play their part in reducing fuel consumption. Apart from the Driving Experience Control switch that offers Comfort, Sport and Sport + options, it also offers an ECO PRO mode. This ECO PRO mode further helps in reducing fuel consumption. Now isn’t that good news in the midst of spiralling cost of fuel in our country? The latest-generation full-colour Head-Up Display projects key information – in sharp resolution – onto the windscreen so it appears directly in the driver’s field of view. This is an interesting feature in the new 3 series. On the exterior, the

320d Luxury Plus. The BMW 320d is luxury personified in a very affordable way. Prices for the 320d begin at 28 lakh or so (ex showroom). That’s not much, if one is looking at a great badge and great driving comfort. Interestingly, BMW is the first carmaker to offer an eight-speed automatic gearbox in the premium mid-size segment. It’s a different matter that you seldom get to utilise it in India’s crumbling infrastructure. But it’s the Auto Start-Stop function which comes as standard and is so endearing to a country like ours. The Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, and need-based operation of ancillary

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adequate storage space both within as well as in the trunk area of the vehicle. Two large drinks holders are now integrated into the centre console ahead of the gearshift lever; these can be replaced by the oddments tray also included in the range of standard equipment. The front and rear door pockets now contain generous stowage surfaces, and the front doors have space for bottles up to one litre in size. Boot capacity has increased by 20 litres. With a fuel average of almost 19km to a litre of diesel, it’s time for you to upgrade from your ordinary sedan to a new BMW 320d!

vehicle looks impressive with its sweeping bonnet and the smart chrome tinted kidney shaped grills with all of its 11 slats! Larger dimensions mean that there’s increased space for rear passengers too. As for the interior, well when you are the driver the cockpit wraps around you, ensuring that all important functions are within easy reach. The 1955cc diesel engine delivers 184bhp of power @4000rpm and 380Nm of torque@1750-2750rpm. The BMW ConnectedDrive highfunctionality interface technology enables the driver and passengers to make extensive use of external mobile phones and music. There’s

Technical SPECIFICATIONs Cylinders/ valves/ Transmission Displacement Output

1995 cc diesel 184bhp@4000rpm

Max. torque

380Nm@1750-2750rpm

Acceleration

0-100km in 7.6 seconds

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140mm

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Nissan Evalia

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The Biiig Caaar

f the Nissan Sunny can be the Caaar, what stops the Nissan Evalia to be the Biiig Caaar? The Nissan Evalia is not a great looker but can accommodate you, your wife, your children and your in-laws, all in good comfort. The luggage can easily be put behind and the hatch door tightly shut. On the face of it, the Evalia looks as though it has been built for a specific purpose. Nissan says it’s an urban class utility vehicle and that it’s targeted at the urban man above the age of 38 years of age.

He’s the man who’s married, has kids and has parents and in-laws whom he cannot displease. This vehicle can thus be an ideal mode of transport for his family. Are you serious? Nissan is serious. I was not particularly impressed by the look of it. It’s not a vehicle to flaunt before your neighbours or your girlfriends. It’s been built for a specific purpose, like I mentioned earlier. It’s meant to transport a large and growing family. It can also be rebuilt as an ambulance, an eatery on wheels, a maintenance vehicle, or any such

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vehicle. But before all that, it’s got to transport people, as a family car. Now is this going to be easy? Yes and no. Yes, because the Japanese are a very smart people. They study the finer details of the Indian way of living. No wonder the Suzukis, the Toyotas, the Hondas, the Yamahas and now the Nissans have got to understand India so well. Who could have thought that a caaar could do well in a country obsessed with mileage? The Evalia is not a difficult vehicle to drive at all, despite the fact that it looks big and boxy in size and shape. But once you get behind the wheels, the ease and comfort of the drive surprises you. I drove the vehicle from Bangalore’s Lalit Ashok Hotel to the Nandi Hills, a distance

of around 60km. The roads were fine as we got out of Bangalore but the climb towards Nandi Hills was steep with more than 30 sharp hairpin bends. But surprisingly the vehicle was so easy to manoeuvre on these roads. I was truly taken by surprise. For a vehicle of this height and size, the body roll was almost minimal. The Evalia was first introduced in 2009 in Japan and Europe and was even premiered at the 11th Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi. More than 100,000 units of the Evalia and its derivatives have been sold in over 32 markets globally. This seven-seater family car even boasts of a thrifty engine that delivers 19.3 kmpl. The diesel engine is the

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familiar Renault-Nissan K9K engine that is now powering a whole host of vehicles like the Sunny and the Renault Duster. The 1426cc diesel engine delivers 85bhp of power and a torque of 200Nm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The vehicle comes in four trim levels: XE, XE+, XL and XV. I drove the XL that has a few features different from the XE and XE+. The XL has central locking and keyless entry which the other two do not have. It also has front power windows, unlike the two basic ones. The car scores big time on the safety and security features front. Except for the XE, the other three variants

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Technical SPECIFICATIONs Engine

K9K diesel

Displacement

1426cc

Output

85bhp

Max. torque

200Nm

Dimension

1400X1695X1880 (mm)

Ground clearance Tyre size FR/RR

180mm 165R14-8PRLT

have driver and passenger air bags for safety. All the four variants have features like brake assist, ABS, EBD and door ajar warning. They even have immobilisers to prevent vehicle theft. The car, I feel could have had a glove box compartment with a lid. It could have had a roll down window at the rear. Barring these minor irritants, the Evalia can easily capture a bit of market from its rivals like Innova, Xylo and the Ertiga. It can then go and create a market of its own. The strong points of the vehicle are the space it offers, the mileage it gives and the easy to drive feeling. Now all it needs is the right price to set the sales charts afire!

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Hyundai Elantra Make Way for a Winner

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yundai has come a long way. Remember the humble Santro that gave solid competition to our very own Maruti 800? Why wouldn’t you – it’s still out there, plying on our roads. The 800’s gone but the Santro still remains. There wasn’t much else to remember about Hyundai back then. Compared to a Toyota or a Honda, nobody was even willing to touch a Hyundai with a pole stick. But my, how the tables have turned! Look at the new range of cars that

Hyundai’s been coming out with. Starting with the i10, the i20 and then the Verna, Hyundai has slowly been taking over the hearts and the pockets of middle class Indians. Now the Elantra, part of its “Fluidic” design language, is set to take the baton ahead. And it looks like the competition doesn’t even know what hit them. What You See Stunning! That’s the word for it. Hyundai really has learnt how to make beautiful cars (not considering

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the occasional scratch-your-eyeout-inducing mistakes like the Sonata). The old Elantra was a soulwithering, ugly vehicle. But just look at its successor! It’s like Beyonce and her parents – you wouldn’t believe she comes from them if you saw them. There is not a single vehicle in this price segment that could come close to its aesthetics. The Civic used to be gorgeous, but now it’s just stale, waiting for its new avatar to come along. What You Get The party continues inside. The

quality and the features that you’ll see inside are going to blow you away. The competition in this category is far behind. The dash feels solid and soft to the touch, and the switches have such a premium feel to it that you’re left wondering if Hyundai seriously is making any profit on this car. There’s buttons everywhere and the usual Bluetooth and iPod/aux connection. Hyundai’s gone one step further though and given music controls on the rear armrest too. Rear AC vents, cooled glove-box, fantastically supportive and cushioned seats are all found

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inside. What It Does Wait, there’s more. The petrol engine that we got, is a gem of a thing. It has enough torque (177Nm @4700 rpm) to pull cleanly from standstill in third gear. With three people! And it’s got so much power (148bhp @6500 rpm) that we were doing regular burnouts on the streets (with the traction control off). No doubt this is going to become a favourite of the Delhi boy-racers. The ride itself is also quite supple and supportive. It isolates bumps and potholes with such delight, waiting for the next one to come so it can pulverize it into the ground; all

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Technical SPECIFICATIONs Engine

4-cylinder, 16 valves, DOHC with dual VTVT

Displacement

1797cc

Output

149.5bhp@6500rpm

Max. torque

177.5Nm@4700rpm

Transmission

6-Speed MT

Tyre size

205/60R16 alloy wheels

the time leaving you to concentrate on enjoying the car. The gearshift is smooth and clicks beautifully into place. The only down side for me was the incredibly light steering, which provided absolutely no feedback from the road at all. But that’s just me. In a traffic jam, I’m sure there’s no point having feedback from the road at 5km/hr. For 12,51,000 (base petrol) and 12,91,000 (base diesel) (exshowroom, Delhi) it doesn’t seem like a bad deal at all. Voted the North American Car of the Year, it looks like the Hyundai Elantra is all set to take the crown of Car of the Year in India too. Everyone, make way for a winner.

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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Quite Good but Too Late?

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uick, what comes to mind when I say Mitsubishi? If, like me, you’ve grown up drooling, dreaming and following all things rallying, then it is undoubtedly the Lancer Evo and Mitsubishi’s cult rally heritage, which had dominated the rallying scene at one point – including the WRC and Dakar Rally. Everybody else, you know what it is – Mitsubishi’s disappointing performance in the

Indian market and their confusing and inconsistent marketing strategies. I mean, c’mon, they’ve got some really good cars out there. But why can’t they release those cars on time here, and market it well, and price them better? Sure, there have been occasional sparks every now and then – the old Pajero SFX for example. But do you know how old that is? It’s probably been around longer than The Simpsons. And they’ve gone and done the same thing again. The Mitsubishi Pajero

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Sport, the newer version of the old Pajero SFX, is a great car, but it looks like it’s come too late to our shores. The Pajero Sport is the long due upgrade to the incredible but aging workhorse, the Pajero SFX. We had been waiting for it for ages. But the Indian market moved on to better and newer things as soon as they were offered. The Toyota Fortuner took over the market by storm, primarily because we had been waiting for a comfortable, reliable and butch looking SUV for a long time, and there was no one else to offer it. Now we have a fight on our

hands. The Pajero Sport, priced at 24,43,000 (ex showroom, Delhi), has just as much road presence as the Fortuner, but exudes way more quality than anyone else in this price segment, albeit at a couple lakhs more. It is great to look at, and every time I parked it, I couldn’t help but notice how good it looked standing still. The interiors are well appointed and the quality of the materials is just outstanding. It felt good to run my hands over the seats, the dash and the wood trimmings. Not once does it make you feel like you’ve been short-changed.

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The Pajero Sport features a 2.5ltr, turbocharged, diesel engine that produces 175 bhp @4000 rpm and 400Nm– enough to push you back into your seat as you step on the pedal, though you’ll have to wait a bit. The fun doesn’t start till 3500 rpm as the turbo doesn’t kick in till then. But once it does, boy are you in for a good time. The car feels really planted even at high speeds, probably because it weighs as much as an elephant. And it shows too. And at the end of the month, when you calculate how much you’ve spent on fuel, I’d recommend you do it in the presence of a doctor. Heart attacks are known to strike

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Technical SPECIFICATIONs Engine

2.5L 16 Valve intercooled turbocharged DOHC common rail DI-D

Displacement

2477cc

Output

131kw/178bhp @ 4000rpm

Max. torque

400 Nm @ 2000 – 2500 rpm

Transmission

5-Speed MT

Tyre

265/65R17

Fuel Tank

70 litres

anyone over 35 you know! There’s a bit of body roll while taking corners at high speeds, but that’s normal in a car of this height and weight. The suspension seems to be set-up towards the firmer side but manages to keep you isolated from our friendly neighbourhood pothole. I had a real good time with the Pajero Sport while it was with us, the only down side being the heavy fuel bills. I wish Mitsubishi could be a bit nimbler on their toes and firm up the lax attitude of their dealers. There’s potential, but it’s being lost.

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Mahindra Verito Don’t judge a book by its cover

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he Mahindra Verito is the kind of car that takes more than just a passing glance to like. But like you will, once you start driving it, ferrying people and luggage around in it, and most importantly, living with it. You see, most people look at a car as a piece of automotive luxury or lifestyle (something akin to how the roadside lafangas in Delhi look at a woman walking by). All they know about a car is how it impresses

their friends (or non-friends for that matter) or how others swoon at a car -- not knowing the thought process that went into the making of that piece of automotive and engineering beauty. But the Verito is not meant to impress or swoon over. It’s made for a purpose, and it doesn’t stop by at a coffee shop to dilly dally on the way to achieving that. It’s meant to be economical – and it is. It’s meant to provide large luggage space – it does. It’s meant to be fairly

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maintenance free – it is. It’s meant to carry five people in comfort – and by Joe does it do that. What it isn’t meant to do is be the proverbial trophy wife that you could show off at your next social gathering. Sure it could take you to the party without putting as much as a single crease on your expensive Armani suit, but make sure you park it a mile away before you reach there. The 1.5litre Renault turbocharged diesel that we had, did a great job of carrying us around the city. We even went to Agra and back, all amounting to total fuel bills of less

than 1500. Although the engine sounds like it’s been lifted straight out of an old truck, it’s hardly noisy once you get inside. There’s a USB and Aux port available to listen to your favourite music when you get bored of the FM chatter. The seats are nice and comfortable, even for long drives (all the way to Agra, remember?), the car’s got enough ground clearance and the suspension’s sturdy and supple enough to withstand our usual Indian tarmac tantrums during the monsoons (again, Agra, remember?). At one point on the way back, we

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had to negotiate the car over a speed breaker that could’ve counted in the top twenty mountain peaks in the Himalayas. The Verito took it all in its stride. The car’s got enough grunt to pull all the way to 160 km/ hr (100 m/hr) and did a splendid job of not tiring me out, even at the end of the whole day, spent driving the car. The Verito is a perfect gharwali, that’s going to take care of your family and their luggage, and make sure you’re rested even at the end of a long day. The ball is in your court now – do you want a housewife or a trophy wife?

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Technical SPECIFICATIONs 1.4 PETROL Engine Type Displacement

1.5 DIESEL

4 cylinder, 8 valve 1,390 cc

1,461 cc

Max. Power

75bhp@5500rpm

65bhp@4000rpm

Max. torque

110Nm@3000rpm

160Nm@2000rpm

Transmission

5-Speed MT

Overall (L X W X H)

4277 X 1740 X 1540mm

Ground clearance

172mm

Fuel tank capacity

50 Litres

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KTM 200 Duke The street scorcher

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hat do you really expect from a world leader in off-road motorcycles who also makes street bikes? Obviously, machines that have the ability to scorch the streets! That in short, is the Duke for you. The KTM 200 Duke is style personified in every sense. Whether it is the exciting graphics, the aerodynamic body, the stylish headlamps, the rather bumpy and

smart looking fuel tank or the huge alloy wheels, there is no denying the fact that the bike’s a show stopper in every sense. Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen a.k.a KTM - sounds complicated- but the KTM bike is none of that. Draped in orange and black, slick with several features, the bike gets your attention the moment you press the electric start. The all-digital instrument cluster comprises of a fuel gauge, speedometer, tachometer, turn

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indicators, trip meter, gear shift indicators, et al. It’s like staring into a mini cockpit, or at least one side of it. Edgy, sharp in line, marvelous looks--- the KTM 200 Duke has it all. It’s a virtual style icon on the Indian roads. The bike’s definitely got a sporty stance. A stylish head lamp is placed in the front cowl. The style continues with the handle bars and the fuel tank. It continues further to the LED tail light merged so well with the turn indicators. The large alloy wheels further enhance the bike’s appeal. Coupled with that is the 199.5cc, 4 stroke single-cylinder engine that delivers a maximum power of

25bhp @ 10,000rpm and maximum torque of 19.2Nm@8000rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A large gear ratio ensures swift acceleration. The throttle response too is quick. The Duke is clearly lightness rediscovered. The bike has a feather weight chassis with high-quality components, all of which comes with first-class brakes. The bike comes with front and rear disk brakes - large, ventilated brake disk at front with dual cylinder calipers. In fact, the Duke’s got the bestin-class power to weight ratio of 184bhp/ton compared to 130bhp for the Yamaha R15 and 155bhp for the Honda CBR250R.

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The most striking aspect of the KTM 200 Duke is the absence of the exhaust mufflers on either of the sides; instead it is placed directly under the belly of the motorcycle. The under-belly exhaust apart from enhancing the looks of the Duke also centralises the mass on the 200 Duke – which is evident in the handling and ride quality of the bike. It has a diamond shaped steel frame for rigid and strong structure with mono-shock suspension at rear and large telescopic suspension at the front. Another notable feature is the side stand indicator and it’s a very interesting feature. I am sure every

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Technical SPECIFICATIONs Engine

Single-cylinder, 4-stroke

Displacement

199.5cc

Output

25 Bhp @ 10000 rpm

Max. torque

19.2 Nm @ 8000 rpm

Gears

6 Speed MT

Fuel Tank

10.50 litres

biker has a hurtful story to recall of a side stand. Many a times bikers roar off on their bikes without pushing back the side stand, resulting in accidents and fatal falls. But with the Duke, there’s a safety angle to the side stand. The moment you insert the key into the ignition slot, the bike will indicate that the stand needs to be tucked away. And in case you pay no heed to that and consider moving on, the motorcycle engine shuts off the moment you slot the machine into the first gear. Now that’s what I call a great step towards making bike riding safer for young boys.

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Honda CBR 250R Performance for the middle-class

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ong have we waited for a quality sports bike that the middle-class Indian commuter could afford without selling off an organ. When the Kawasaki Ninja 250R was launched, everyone was all praise about its performance and its looks, but did we see many on the roads? Sure it was a great bike, but at the end of the day, what matters most to the Indian bike rider - whether it be the daily commuter or the performance rider

- is the number on the cheque that he signs on. Enter the Honda CBR 250R. Launched in March 2011, it has given us access to international standards of performance, at a price that doesn’t make people wince when they hear it. Honda is known the world over for their high standards of quality and their solid build. Each of their products can be put through rugged army drill tests and they’ll still come out with flying colours. The CBR 250R is no different. The moment I

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sat on the bike I could feel quality everywhere – the front cowling, the switches, the seats. One look at the bike and you know it’ll be worth the 1,48,000 (ex showroom, Delhi) that you”ll pay for it. The performance is just a bonus. Ah, the performance! That liquid cooled 250cc, 25bhp engine is as smooth and creamy as butter melting on hot toast. The engine doesn’t feel like a single cylinder unit at all, revving freely till the 10,000rpm rev limiter and managing to take the bike to a

verified top speed of 137km/hr. Now you might pooh-pooh at just 25bhp, and ask how the CBR can be classed as a sports bike when even the humble Alto has 45bhp. Allow me to explain - the magic number in performance motoring is not the power rating, but the power-toweight ratio. The Bugatti Veyron, which has a 1000 bhp, but weighs close to 2000kg has a power to weight ratio of 500bhp per tonne. The average car on the Indian road weighs around 1,500kg, giving it a

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power-to-weight ratio anywhere from 60bhp/tonne to 110bhp/ tonne. The Honda CBR on the other hand has a power-to-weight ratio of 150bhp/tonne. You can close your jaw now. The biggest plus point that seals Honda’s fate is its easy usability in Indian traffic and road conditions. By Indian conditions you know what I mean – conditions similar to hell, only slightly better. I rode it in all kinds of traffic and road conditions. I was even stuck in an hour long jam, but the bike didn’t overheat, the clutch didn’t eat itself up (or

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Technical SPECIFICATIONs Engine

Single-cylinder, 4-stroke

Displacement

249.6 cc

Output

25bhp@8500 rpm

Max. torque

23Nm@7000 rpm

Gears

6 Speed

Fuel Capacity

13 litres

my hand for that matter), I didn’t end up becoming the hunch-back of Notre Dame after hours spent on the bike and most of all, I had fun. Loads of it. The power just keeps coming in a steady stream, especially after 6000rpm and the bike feels so planted but chuckable at the same time. Looking at the pictures, I don’t think I need to say anything about its exterior design characteristics. I mean, just look at it! The only low point throughout the time I kept the bike was when I remembered I had to give it back. Ah! I guess this is what love feels like.

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Suzuki Hayate A fresh breeze for the Indian commuter

Report: Noble Varghese Photography: Mohd. Nasir

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uzuki has got the first step right in launching its first mass market commuter bike. Bringing Salman Khan in to endorse its products, starting with the new Hayate, is going to bring in customers in droves to its showrooms. It seems its marketing team has been doing a good job. No doubt there’ll be plenty of Indians who’re going to be influenced by Salman Khan to buy this bike. But that’s just one part of the story.

What about the bike itself? Does it really live up to the image that Salman Khan has lent to it? Seems to me like it does. The Suzuki Hayate is a really nice bike to look at. The small design touches and flourishes make it stand out amongst the plethora of commuter bikes that are available in our market. One thing I noticed was the ample usage of plastic, made to look like faux carbon fibre, visible throughout the bike, including the dash, parts of the

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side covers and other areas. Nice touch Suzuki! The first time I sat on the bike, it felt really comfortable and I wasn’t surprised when long commutes on the bike didn’t turn out to be tiring at all. It felt very natural sitting on the bike, although I personally would’ve liked the handle bars to be a bit lower. But that is something that I’m sure can be easily fixed. The bike felt very stable, even at higher speeds (by which I mean about 80km/hr), and was easily chuckable to the sides. It has great alloy wheels and gives an impression of a bigger displacement bike than it really is. The Hayate carries a 112.8cc engine

which is an air-cooled, 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) unit. Suzuki gives official power ratings as 8.4bhp of power and 8.8Nm of torque. Enough, I’d say, especially if the bike doesn’t weigh more than a bag of vegetables. There is no option of a disc brake available, although again, for a bike of such light weight that hardly seems necessary. The rear suspension has a 5 step adjustable position that’ll make it easier for commuters of different heights to use the bike with ease. The Hayate has a four speed transmission (all down) which I personally found a bit hard to adjust to, since I’m used to bikes

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with all-up or one-down-all-up gearing. Every time I braked I found it hard to shift down since I had to bring my foot all the way around to the bottom to do that. But again, that’s just a case of getting used to. Interestingly, even though this is supposed to be a mass market commuter bike where mileage is the single most important factor that the customer asks for, Suzuki curiously, does not mention anywhere its official mileage figures. Although it does point out that the Hayate has “Dabangg” mileage. We’ll just have to take their word for it I guess. One thing that I sorely

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Technical SPECIFICATIONs Engine

Air-Cooled, 4-Stroke, 1-Cylinder, SOHC

Displacement

112.8cc

Output

8.2bhp

Torque

8.8Nm

Transmission

Manual 4 Speed (4 Down)

missed on the Hayate was the pass light switch. In a country that is infamous for its traffic rules (or rather the nonchalant breaking of it), and where honking is as much an uncontrollable disease as is TB, the absence of a pass light switch is utterly inexcusable. For now, Suzuki, it seems, has managed to provide the Indian commuter with a solid product that will be able to withstand the tough conditions that are going to be thrown at it on a daily basis. And all this for under 40 grand – now isn’t that a sweet cherry on top of the cake?

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Driving to Wayanad in Kerala Report: P. Tharyan, Phtography: Mohd. Nasir

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iscovering Kerala is like discovering life in its different facets. There is no end to it and there are surprises galore. Kerala is, perhaps the only state in India which offers a scenic explosion in a kaleidoscopic format. From beaches to backwaters, from seas to hills and plains, the scenery changes, the soil changes, the people change, their religions change and even the dialects change. Get off at a local railway station in Kerala or a local bus stand or even an airport (there are three airports in Kerala and two

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more are proposed), and head in any direction and you are bound to step into the lap of Mother Nature. Just when you think it’s a slice of heaven tucked away in the southern tip of India, all hell breaks loose. Red flags confront you like a huge coloured tsunami wave.... shops down their shutters, vehicles stop plying and all you get to see are hundreds and thousands of protestors in their traditional white mund (a dhoti worn by men) and jubba (a shirt) raising their fists in the air and protesting for a reason that could be either frivolous or pure mundane. They call it God’s

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TRAVEL own country...I wonder why, but being a Keralite myself, I know it sounds good. I had just finished a drive from Coimbatore to Munnar tea gardens and was keen to make the best of my trip to Kerala. I called up Mahindra’s corporate communication person Mohan Nair in Mumbai and sought a favour. This was the second time I was asking him for a vehicle to drive in Kerala. The first time, I drove their Mahindra Xylo from the Kochi airport towards Alappuzha and Kumarakom and back. I was now back at

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the Kochi airport and was keen to drive all the way up to Kozhikode (Calicut) and then after a night’s halt, was keen to go to Wayanad. Mohan Nair obliged and I was handed over a Xylo vehicle at the Kochi Airport. After taking the directions from a local person there, we started off for Calicut Airport in the afternoon. Calicut Airport is situated in the picturesque Malappuram district of Kerala. The airport got its name from its neighbouring district Calicut almost 25

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TRAVEL years ago. Calicut now goes by the name of Kozhikode. The distance from the Nedumbassery airport (the Kochi Airport) to the Calicut Airport is approximately 180km. We reached the Calicut airport at 8 in the evening. The drive, except for a few diversions and rough roads, was not difficult. The Malappuram district of Kerala is home to thousands of Muslim families, many of them having at least one member employed in the Gulf region. According to the Kerala State website

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Malappuram district is Kerala’s cultural crucible. The classic medieval centre of Vedic learning and politics, Thirunavaya, home of the traditional Ayurveda medicine, Kottakkal and the oldest centre of education of Islam, Ponnani are situated in Malappuram District along with economically booming towns like Manjeri (former capital of the Cholanaikkans), Perinthalmanna, Chemmad, Edappal, and Kottakkal. In 1921, present day Malappuram district witnessed devastating revolts

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TRAVEL and massacres known as the Moplah rebellions, followed by decades of frozen economic, social, and political development. In the early years of the Communist rule in Kerala, Malappuram saw large land reforms under the Land Reform Ordinance. In early 1970s, with the oil boom happening, thousands of unskilled people migrated to the Gulf seeking fortunes. They sent money home, propping up a sleepy rural economy, and by late 20th century, the region had achieved first-world health standards and near universal literacy. The present development, both economic and social, of the Malappuram District owes to the Kerala Gulf diaspora, the website states. Malappuram district comprises a vast wildlife collection and a number of small hills, forests, little rivers and streams flowing to the west, backwaters and paddy, arecanut, cashew nut, pepper, ginger, pulses, coconut, banana, tapioca, and rubber plantations. Malappuram is

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one of two Muslim majority districts or Union Territories in south India, the other being Lakshadweep. The Hindu temples and Moplah mosques of the region are known for their colourful festivals. It is the most populous district in Kerala. After finishing our first assignment at the Calicut Airport, we left for Wayanad the following afternoon. Wayanad is around 80 odd kms from the Calicut Airport. Wayanad District, in the northeast of Kerala, was formed on November 1, 1980 as the 12th district, carved out of Kozhikode and Kannur districts. While driving into Wayanad one can see miles and miles of verdant forests. A lot of tribals live in this region. There are a lot of places one can visit in Wayanad. These include The Chembra Peak, Edakkal Cave, Kuruva lake, Lakkidi, Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Pookot Lake, Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls and Banasurasagar Dam. Hard pressed for time, I could only visit a couple of places in a single day, before

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driving back to Kochi. The Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, is near Meppady town. Trekking to the top of this peak takes almost a day. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chambra, is said to be breathtaking. The Edakkal Cave in the Ambukuthy mountain, is not a cave in the real sense. It is only a cleft. The rock wall inside contains some interesting carvings. The Kuruva Island consists of 950 acres of ever green forest on the tributaries of east flowing river Kabani. It is uninhabited with rare species of birds, orchids and herbs. It is 40 km north west of Sulthan Bathery. Lakkidi, one of the highest locations in Wayanad, commands a picturesque scenery. The Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary, 16 km east of Sulthan Bathery, is located very near to the Karnataka border. This sanctuary is the biggest abode of wild animals in Malabar.

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When we stepped into the Pookot Lake area, it began to rain and we had to run for shelter. We were content buying a few local items like spices, coffee etc from the shops there. The lake is a natural fresh water lake surrounded by green mountains. Boating facilities are also available. The rains followed us even as we went up to the Banasurasagar Dam. This is the largest earth dam in India. The topography here is such that many islands are formed in the upstream of the dam when the dam is full. We spotted a lone motor boat heading for the shore as the rains came pelting down. After a night’s halt in Calicut, we drove back to Kochi in our Xylo. The spacious utility vehicle from Mahindra proved to be a faithful friend to us as we drove hundreds of miles in one of the most scenic spots of Kerala. God’s own country? Well, I am beginning to get hooked on to that line!

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Going gung-ho over Gung! Ravi V. Chhabra

Managing Editor, Fnbworld.com

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o fathom Korean cuisine, one needs to know various facets of Korean culture, table manners, courtesies, and all that is intrinsically linked to it. I recall my first brush with Korean food was over a decade ago at a sprawling karaoke Korean restaurant in Greater Kailash II market called The Club. It was meant for connoisseurs of Korean food. With myriad South Korean companies flowering in the country in the 1990s – Daewoo, Hyundai, Samsung and LG, to name a few -- the restaurant, I recall, catered to expat Koreans. It started with a bang but downed shutters in almost a year. The food was good with a detailed menu and a live aquarium for relishing freshly cooked seafood. After a meal there I realised it would take me a lot more time to develop the taste buds for South Korean cuisine. Korean food needs well developed tastebuds to relish it. On my recent visit to a fine dining Korean restaurant called Gung – The Palace (pronounced goong) at Green Park in New Delhi, I found everything replete with aesthetics – the decor, the waitresses’ Korean uniform, floor-based seating and of course, the colourful array of delicious

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dishes. The restaurant takes pride in having catered to the President of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak and his retinue. Undoubtedly, the amazing food is made passionately with every critical ingredient sourced directly from Korea including special spices and meats that are essential for authentic Korean flavours. My favourite dish was Jeongol (Hot pot) comprising prawns, shrimps, octopus, crabs and lobsters all perfectly cooked with vegetables and served in succulent broth on the table over a gas stove. At Gung, one gets the essence of Korea on the table. Tabletop barbecues, amazingly tender meats, flavourful vegetables and fresh seafood are part of ancient Korean traditions, combining that with Karaoke, present in both locations (Gurgaon has two dedicated, sound proof Karaoke rooms and a children’s play area). Gung at Green Park has three floors of seating with private dining rooms on the ground and second floors and regular table seating on the first floor and is open for lunch till 3pm and then opens for dinner after 6pm. You’ll find a dash of Korea in every dish and an extra hint of improvisation in some dishes like Budae Jjigae, which originated in the Korean War of 1950. A flavourful combination of gochujang (chili bean paste), kimchi, baked beans, meats, sausages, beef, noodles and American cheese that some may not think it to be an authentic Korean dish, which in fact is far from truth. The menu is divided into multiple sections: Lunch Specials, Barbecues, Stews,

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Casseroles, Meat Specials, Korean Specials, Seafood Specials, Korean-Chinese, Mixed Rice and Noodles. This is so that the guests can find exactly what they’re looking for. If they feel like a barbecue accompanied by a spicy stew and rice... they know exactly where to find it. Some dishes are served in portions for four people and some in portions for one person depending on the dish. Vegetarians have plenty of options in the menu too. It’s advisable to order a hearty stew that’ll stay hot and steaming on the table accompanied by Gung’s signature banchan that are served complimentary with every order. Accompany these with grills or individual servings and you’ll find yourself gorging on hot and delicious food all through your evening. Remember to ask for portions of rice with stews if you so desire. In Korean food, Bap is the staple steamed rice. It may also include other grains and there are many kinds of Bap depending on the ingredients such as huinbap (white rice); jagokbap (rice with barley, millet and beans); byeolmibap (rice with vegetables, seafood and meat); and bibimbap (rice mixed with namul and beef). Side dishes include Guk (Soup) a soup of vegetables, seafood and/or meats. Some varieties are malgeun-jangguk (clear soy sauce soup), tojangguk (soybean paste soup), gomgguk (rich beef soup) and naengguk (chilled soup). Varieties of Jjigae (Stew) include Malgeunjjigae (clear jjigae) and tojang-jjigae (soybean paste jjigae). Jeongol (Hot pot) consists of meat, seafood, mushrooms and

vegetables simmered in broth at the table just before serving for dinner or as a dish to accompany liquor. Other main dishes include Jjim (Steamed dish) and Seon (Steamed or parboiled stuffed vegetables). Various kinds of dishes and diverse cooking methods include grilling, boiling, blanching, steaming, frying and braising. Jorim is a cooking method to braise meat, seafood or vegetables with soy sauce or red pepper paste on low heat. Bokkeum is a stir fry of meat, seafood or vegetables. Gui is a dish of meat, seafood or vegetables as is, or grilled after seasoning. Jeon is a dish of pan-fried meat, seafood or vegetables after they have been minced or sliced and coated with wheat flour and beaten eggs. Jeok is a dish of pan-fried ingredients after they have been seasoned and skewered. Some of the special Korean desserts include Tteok - a dish made by steaming, or boiling rice powder or other grain powder after it has been sprinkled with water. Hangwa are traditional Korean cookies. There are many varieties depending on the ingredients or recipes such as yumilgwa, gangjeong, sanja, dasik, jeonggwa, suksilgwa, gwapyeon, yeotgangjeong and yeot. Eumcheong are non-alcoholic beverages. Korean table manners worth a mention are: When having a meal together with elders, take your seat according to social ranking. After the elders pick up their spoons, others can begin to eat. Try to keep pace with elders while eating. Do not put your spoon and chopsticks on the table earlier than elders at the end of the meal. Do not hold the spoon and chopsticks together in one hand. Use the spoon for rice and soup. Gung’s location is hard to find with no directions close by. But those who have been to the Chinese restaurant ‘Scorpion Moon’ would find Gung in a jiffy. The entrance signboard is faded and barely visible. The stairs leading to the three floors inside are narrow and cumbersome. The recorded authentic Korean music lends the place a pleasant and refreshing ambience; the cuisine and overall dining experience is excellent. A non-vegetarian sea-food meal for two would cost around 2,500 and it’s worth it. Remember to take tips from the manager to order a balanced meal if you’re going for the first time.

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Numerological Preparations: For the Number 1 Concept, report and photography: Jyoti Balani Food and location courtesy: Sigree, Pune, India Numerology, as we all know, is used to determine an individual’s personality, strengths and talents, obstacles, inner needs, emotional reactions and ways of dealing with others. These days a lot of people use numerology to examine their life, take advantage of unexplored opportunities, or simply figure out where to go next. But few people are aware there is a connection between food and numerology as well. Every number has both good as well as bad qualities. People associated with a particular number are more likely to suffer from a sickness owing to the ill effects connected with their numbers; which is why numerologists recommend foods that help in curing that particular weakness. We consulted prominent numerologist Swetta Jumaani and she came up with a list of ingredients suitable to each number starting from number 1. These ingredients were then passed onto talented chefs from Pune to create 6 unique recipes using their creativity and imagination. Needless to say the results were amazing and are here for all to see and try out these recipes.

Number 1: The natural leader

People born on the 1st, 10th, 19th and 28th in any month are termed as Number 1 people, ruled by the planet sun. Leos are also ruled by the sun, though indirectly. The sun, a creative force, is so powerful that it gives light and life to the universe. It has such radiance that we can hardly see any other planet or star, when the sun is in its element. Like the sun, Number 1 people usually like to lead from the front, and do better in positions of authority over others. They would usually prefer to be their own masters, or at least would feel more comfortable when in commanding positions, where they do not have to be answerable to many. That is why they should avoid partnerships. Such persons are creative, strongly individual, inventive and positive. On the downside, they are stubborn and determined with their approach toward others. It comes naturally to them to dominate those around them, and therefore their best sphere in life is in positions of authority, responsibility and trust over others. They can never play ‘second fiddle’ to anyone. Examples of some famous Number 1 people: Dhirubhai Ambani, Indira Gandhi, Rekha, Lata Mangeshkar, Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Dara Singh, Sunil Gavaskar, Hrithik Roshan, Ratan Tata. A Number 1 person is decidedly ambitious and hates any form of restraint. They always rise in whatever profession or occupation they choose and become heads of their department. Dhirubhai Ambani (December 28), Ratan Tata (December 28), Aishwarya Rai (November 1} {Rekha October 10).

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Swetta Jumaani is from the famed Jumaani family, an ardent fan of her father, the eminent numerologist Bansilal M Jumaani, Swetta keenly studied this occult science of numerology under the competent guidance of her father who was a capable guru. Swetta Jumaani inaugurated her office in Pune on July 6, 2003. She created major ripples when her very first prediction on Aug 24 2003, regarding the effects of the planet Mars as it moves closer to the earth, rang true word by word. She can be contacted on www.jumaani.com. Here she tells us a little about number 1 people, their characteristics, their lucky colors, numbers, recommends the line of work that will benefit them, etc.

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A Number 1 person can do well as a successful company promoter, preacher, orator, organiser, or in any career that gives a position of authority. They may also do well in advanced inventions, research, medicine, the occult, sciences, astrology, telepathy, photography, interior or dress designing, music, art or any concentrated study or line of work, where the ‘mental’ aspect comes into play, and provided they are in a position of authority over others. They are so versatile that they can fit into almost any line they set their eyes on. This is their biggest strength, but ironically their major weakness too, as over-versatility can confuse them as to what they should actually follow.

LUCKY NUMBERS:

Their most important numbers and dates are ‘one’, ‘twos’, and ‘sevens’ and all their series, such as the 1st, 2nd, 7th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 28th, and 29th. They should endeavor to attempt their plans on any of these dates and will find a strong magnetic attraction to persons born on the above dates. They should make an effort to use the above dates while fixing up important appointments. They should also try to live in homes whose total, or last digit, makes one of these numbers.

LUCKY COLOURS:

Their lucky colors are that of the sun, which are gold, brown, orange and yellow. A Number 1 person is likely to suffer from heart problems, weak eyes, high blood pressure, weak bones, colds, depression and exhaustion. They should include the following ingredients in their diet:- carrots, sprouts, black lentils, green leafy vegetables, mint, anaar (pomegranate), almonds, soya oil, raisins, saffron, cloves, nutmeg, bay leaves, oranges, lemons, dates, thyme, Honey, ginger, barley, salad, fish, chicken, sweet potato.

In this feature Chef Sandeep Pandey has created an interesting menu using these ingredients especially for number 1 people.

Scooby choice Serves 4/preparation time: 15 minutes 5 ml olive oil 2 gms white pepper powder 3 gms salt 25 gms pomegranates 3 lettuce leaves 50 gms beans sprout 20 ml lemon juice 50 gms blanched carrots 10 gms chopped mint leaves Method:• Make a dressing with olive oil, white pepper, salt and lemon juice. • Cut the blanched carrot, beans sprout and pomegranates. • In a plate, arrange blanch vegetables on a bed of lettuce. • Sprinkle the dressing.

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Chatpati Machhli Serves 4/ Preparation time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 200 gms bekti fish slices 10 ml lemon juice 15 gms coriander powder 8 gms chaat masala 15 gms chilli powder 50 ml oil 10 gms salt 30 gms ginger garlic paste Method:• Cut the fish fillet in diamond shapes. • Marinate with lemon juice, red chilli powder, coriander powder, ginger garlic paste and salt. Keep the marinade for 2 hours. • Take out the fish from marinade and grill till done. • Serve hot with sliced onion, lemon wedges and mint chutney.

Pudina Bhatti Murgh Serves 4/ Marination time: 4 hours, cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 200 gms chicken leg boneless with skin 15 gms black pepper 20 gms coriander powder 30 gms mint and green chilli paste 30 gms chopped garlic 20 gms ginger garlic paste 60 ml oil Salt to taste 10 gms yellow chili powder Method:• Make a smooth paste of green chili and mint with lemon juice • Marinade the chicken with ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and salt. • Keep aside for 10 minutes. • Mix all remaining ingredients. Again keep it aside for 20 minutes. • Pre heat the griddle, cook the chicken on griddle.

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Weight Watcher’s Delight Serves 4/ preparation time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 50 gms pineapple slices 60 gms lettuce 6 orange segments 6 segments of sweet lime 25 gms walnuts 15 ml honey 3 gms salt 3 gms mustard powder 50 gms cabbage, shredded

Gajar ka kheer

Method:• Make a dressing with honey, mustard powder and salt. Keep in a small bowl. • Cut strips of all remaining vegetables and segments of orange and sweet lime. • Arrange on the bed of lettuce, sprinkle chopped dry fruits. • Serve with the dressing.

Method:• Boil milk in a pan. Add carrots, rice and cook on medium heat. • When the rice becomes cooked, add sugar and cook for another 15 minutes. • Remove from fire. • Grind the mixture with an electric blender till you get a thick consistency. • Serve garnished with sliced almonds.

Serves 4/Preparation time: 1 hour Ingredients: 500 gms grated red carrot 50 gms rice soaked, washed and drained 300 ml milk (full cream) 200 gms sugar 50 gms almonds, sliced

Kesar Pista Kulfi Serves 4/Preparation time: 4 hours Ingredients: 500 ml evaporated milk 250 ml condensed milk 100 ml whipped cream 50 gm pistachio ½ gm saffron Method:• Take a pot and mix evaporated milk, condensed milk and whipped cream with a hand blender. • Mix pistachio and saffron in it. • Pour into an air sealed container and freeze for 4 hours. • Serve with falooda.

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Tech Talk

What’s new? Nokia Asha 305 and 311 Nokia Asha 305 `5029/-, Nokia Asha 311, `7139/Nokia India has launched two unique products within the Nokia Asha family Nokia Asha 305 and Nokia Asha 311. The touch phones come with a unique and visually appealing User Interface (UI), that is intuitive and easy to navigate, and will offer free download of 40 EA games. The beautifully crafted Nokia Asha 311 is a fast and fluid 3.5G capacitive touch screen device, powered by a 1GHz processor to provide a great internet experience. The bright and edgy Nokia Asha 305 is a fun and affordable phone, featuring the exclusive Easy Swap dual SIM.The Asha touch devices are supported by Nokia Browser 2.0 that helps web sites load up to three times faster in comparison to devices without cloud-accelerated browsing.

LG Optimus 4X HD LG Optimus 4XHD 34,990/LG Electronics has launched the LG Optimus 4X HD smartphone in India. This 4.7 inch Optimus 4X HD flaunts NVIDIA’s 4-PLUS-1 Quad-Core mobile processor, Tegra3, and has a 2,150mAh battery, which is the largest among quad core smartphones. The smartphone has a 4.7 inch True HD IPS display, which delivers a high-clarity viewing experience with a HD resolution of 1280x720. The device’s high pixel density of 313ppi and Stripe RGB IPS Panel ensures that the text, images & video are sharp, crisp and almost in natural colors, while its 16:9 ratio enables the consumer to view more information at a glance. The Optimus 4X HD also flaunts LG’s new User Experience (UX), Optimus UI 3.0, which includes QuickMemo.

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Tech Talk Sony Bravia’s HX850 Series Experience vivid, life like pictures no matter what you are watching, in 2D or 3D; from Full HD Blu-ray to low resolution web videos. The room defining HX850 Series HDTV offers the most authentic images available with Sony’s X-Reality PRO Video processing, as well as simple connectivity to your other devices. Motionflow XR800/960 combines Bravia’s native 200/240Hz panel with new image interpolation, LED backlight blinking and IB Reduction to achieve dramatically smoother, sharper, clearer and more natural images.Making it easier to access to more apps, the Bravia HX850 Series comes with Opera TV Store, Indian Apps, Skype, Social Networking and Wi-Fi Built-in.

F&D’s wireless speakers Fenda Audio’s newest introductions to its speaker range; the W330BT and W130BT, the 2.1 wireless Bluetooth speakers promise nothing less than bringing a seamlessly crisp feel to your senses altogether. Those who seek new aural experiences whether on their home couch or the office chair can now simply activate Bluetooth, hit play and sit back to relish incredible sound. While the W330 boasts of a 56W output and up to 28W of subwoofer output, the W130 gives a 42W output. Delivering this core value of superior quality sound in both speakers is the CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) chipset. These speakers also offer smooth connectivity to your favourite phones, thereby enhancing your work/pleasure experience manifold.

Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Fujifilm has introduced the FinePix S4500, a superzoom camera that keeps fast moving subjects in the frame and in focus. FinePix S4500 comes with a high-quality 30x Fujinon optical zoom lenses. The FinePix S4500 features a wide range of high-performance shooting functions including Motion Panorama, Super Macro Shooting, Tracking Auto Focus, Instant Zoom and Zoom Bracketing Mode. Specifically designed for users who want maximum reach without compromising image quality or convenience, FinePix S4500 features a 14 megapixel CCD sensor with sensor-shift image stabilisation and a 30x optical zoom with a focal range of 24-720mm. The option of 720p HD video at 30fps lets you discover the impact of full-screen HDTV image display and capture high resolution images in 16:9 formats.

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Favola, Le Meridien, Pune

For elegant five-course wine dinners Report & Photography: Jyoti Balani

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n many ways, Le Meridien gave impetus to the wine culture in Pune by starting the trend of Sunday wine brunches and elegant five course wine dinners. Last year they launched Favola, their Italian specialty restaurant, which has taken a step further in encouraging the wine culture in the city with its splendid variety of wines both domestic and international, with excellent food to complement these wines. This wonderful eatery is already very popular with locals as well as tourists in Pune. This restaurant transports food lovers to Italy- the land of passion, intrigue and mystique. The décor: With a décor that boasts of white tones, soft lighting, large arched windows overlooking a leafy patio, walls of brick and stone, sepia tinted photographs of Italy, a stylized fireplace framed by wine racks at the bar, and a wine wall with a hand carved wooden rack, all add up to create an elegant ambience which hints at Mediterranean overtones. Easy going, quirky and free spirited, the ambience of this Italian restaurant is dappled and doused in natural light, muted conversations and wafting aromas! Undoubtedly, the name also lends an effervescent dimension. At the entrance, you are struck by the fashionable rusticity. White washed brick walls with lace-like embellishments arch gracefully between textured columns, interspersed with wine walls made of dark natural wood. Spacious dining tables covered with table cloth and chairs ensconced in mute coloured paisley patterned fabric add to the elegance and mystique of Favola. Enhanced subtle touches instantly transport you to a fairy tale Italian home. Adding the quirky element is a tall walnut brown tree trunk at the counter. Large windows open out to a lovely cozy patio with seating bordered with rich foliage. With an eye on the details, the décor has been done using natural wood, greenery, granite and marble. The

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over the world. He also holds the honors of second place in the Olympics of the Desserts in Turin, Italy for his extraordinary creation “Bavarese in Croccante di Mandole”. This celebrity chef from Piedmont, Northern Italy, known for his vast knowledge of authentic Italian cuisine and creativity has put together a menu that’s straight from the rustic kitchens of Italy. The menu: Italian home style cooking is the mainstay in this eatery with a selection of few but genuine preparations. Roberto is very particular about the quality of ingredients that are used for cooking in his kitchen. The menu is presented in a unique way in the form of a scroll with a handcrafted and embroidered leather band stamped with motifs of pasta shapes. The Favola menu offers a choice of antipasti, pasta, oven baked pasta, soups, risotto, mains, pizzas and delightful desserts. A large selection of antipasti, pasta, pizzas, salads, seafood, poultry and a selection of exotic desserts are just some of the

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Favola: Le Meridien Pune R.B.M. Road, Pune-411001 Call: + 91 66411111. Meal for two : 2,000 (without alcohol) Open from 7 pm to 11 pm, all days of the week.

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delicious options available. Try the Insalata alla Favola (a salad with roast mushrooms, home made sun dried tomatoes, thin slice of Parmesan cheese topped with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin oil from the antipasti section, the Ravioli alla Siciliana (homemade raviolis stuffed with minced seafood and mascarpone cheese served with lobster bisque sauce) from the Pasta section, Pizza in tazza ( the Chef’s pizza margherita soup), the Risotto con Scampi (prawns risotto in cream sauce), the Red Snapper Gamberoni in salsa di pepperoni e vaniglia e radicchio grigliato (grilled red snapper fish fillet and prawns served with bell pepper sauce and chicory salad) from the mains, Agnello Scottadito( grilled lamb rack served with carrots confit and spicy tomato marmalade), the Pizza Favola (mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, smoked salmon and rocket salad) and the Tiramisu flavored with illy coffee and Amaretto di Saronna from the dessert section. Like every excellent restaurant, they are willing to tweak a dish according

to guest preferences. In fact Master Chef Roberto also goes out of his way to prepare dishes which may not be a part of the menu on the request of a guest. He says, “Italian food and recipes have survived the test of time as it has been handed down by a generation of women. A large part of what I cook is influenced by my grandmother’s kitchen. I whip up some of the most genuine Italian dishes for both Pune citizens and visitors. I am proud to be part of Favola and my objective is to demonstrate that Italian cuisine goes beyond just pizzas and spaghetti”. The service: Service is all smiles and warmth, quick and efficient, right from the graceful hostess who greets you to the table attendants. Italian food and wines go hand in hand. Favola has an extensive list of 100 labels including Champagnes, reds, whites, roses and sparkling wines. Pairing wines and recommending the right wines with food has always been Le Meridien Pune’s forte and this is exactly what Favola’s staff does.

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Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Serviced Apartments Report & Photography: Jyoti Balani

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onveniently located only 3 kilometers from the airport and 200 meters from Phoenix Market City, Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Serviced Apartments in Pune is the perfect choice for business or pleasure when visiting the city of the Peshwas. Following the contemporary minimalistic approach of design, this property is chic and simultaneously exudes warmth and cheerfulness. Equipped with wi-fi, multiple restaurants, banquet space, a business centre, flexible check in and mini bar, the most important aspect is that it doesn’t sell short on comfort, but cuts out the frills. This hotel is stylish; its design minimalist and modern with clear cuts, sharp tones, clean lines, light colors to create a simple yet elegant design. With everything designed to offer contemporary luxury with up to the minute facilities, guests can choose from several options for accommodation with interesting offers running throughout the year such as One Bedroom Residence Package, Four for

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Free, The Longer you Stay the more you Save, and Suite Dreams Package. Each of their 217 guest rooms and suites offer High Speed Internet Access, the comfortable Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed and free bottled water. Their 48 self-contained studios and one bedroom residences with separate living and bedroom areas with deluxe kitchenette including large bathrooms with rain shower are just the thing for longer staying guests. “We at Four Points by Sheraton are committed to deliver smart and eclectic

service with a clearly defined aim to be the leaders in our market segment in banqueting, long and short stay accommodation as well as exceptional food and beverage experiences. As the most recent five star hotels in town, our motto is ‘Smart Service, Tempting Food, Stylish Venues’ ”, says General Manager Vinesh Gupta. Panash, which is their signature restaurant, specialises in Live Teppanyaki preparation, Authentic Sushi and Tempura, Dim Sums and Live Wok cooking. The restaurant

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has an enormous amount of glass to make it a bright and airy restaurant. The visual variety of Asian influences in the restaurant is the main feature. Eclectic selections carefully blended and combined with a number of live cooking stations and food displays ensure the venue is a visible feast. Panash is handled by Master Chef Tenzin who has earlier trained under Master Chefs from Singapore, Japan, China and Thailand. The restaurant, because of its unique cooking, features a variety of cuisines, coupled with its contemporary and creative décor and is a great attraction for Pune-ites. The cuisine is Asian, primarily Japanese and Chinese, with influences of other South East Asian cuisines such as Malay, Thai, and Singaporean. “Panash offers a range of cuisines coming from around Asia, though the styles of food is not confused as in becoming a ‘fusion’ restaurant. Cuisine is predominantly South East

Asian and Japanese”, says Chef Tenzin. Chef Tenzin’s specialty dishes include Beggar’s Chicken, Sushi and Sashimi, Sushi Pizza, steamed prawn in pickle and chili sauce. The emphasis is on authentic flavors and recipes, simple presentations and healthier methods of preparation. Various types of food involve live cooking in the restaurant. It is possible for guests to be able to sit at the counters for Sushi and Teppanyaki. Chef Tenzin sums up “We will bring an authentic experience to the table, as well as cater to special needs of discerning guests”. The quality reflects that of a Starwood Asia Pacific F&B Venue and is renowned for its visual creativity and showmanship in preparation of meals, where live cooking is involved. Menus change regularly as produce is seasonal, and daily specials are a dominant feature of the restaurant. A private dining room is incorporated into the restaurant for

Panash, the signature restaurant which specialises in Live Teppanyaki preparation, authentic Sushi and Tempura, Dim Sums and Live Wok cooking

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SPLURGE special functions, and is creatively themed. Panash serves signature Asian cocktails, new world wines and the service is efficient and attentive. Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Serviced Apartments houses the best Brew Pub which has two beer tables and a group of 3 -5 people can hire a table for an hour to enjoy unlimited draught beer! Those who prefer delectable international cuisine can visit the hotel’s coffee shop called Eatery. Their Sunday brunches which feature an interesting buffet along with a live band are popular with Puneites. Alfresco is their outdoor dining facility with a water fountain

that soothes your senses as you enjoy a great meal of barbeques and grills. This smart hotel has an ample function space of 1,140 square meters and can host conferences and meetings in seven flexible meeting rooms. Other facilities include an accessible Golf Course, WiFi connectivity, complimentary bottled water, a spa, a gym and a swimming pool (with tanning beds next to it). The hotel houses Sohum Spa which is a luxury wellness spa that focuses on the mind, body and soul all at once. The therapies use music for relaxation, meditation, assertive visualization, sleep induction

Twin room

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Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Serviced Apartments 5th Mile Stone, Nagar Road, Pune-411014 Call: +91 20 39406699, Fax: +91 20 30930930 E mail: reservations@punefourpoints.com Tariff: Single 5,000 plus taxes; Double 5,500 plus taxes on bed and breakfast. Rates are dynamic and change on a regular basis.

and holistic therapy for the heart which are very effective. Perfect to destress and unwind, a treatment at Sohum Spa uses natural products and ancient healing techniques. Providing the budget conscious traveller with great quality, contemporary facilities and services at extremely affordable prices, Four Points by Sheraton is today one of the most popular hotels in Pune. There are arrangements to set up the latest audio visual equipment and production services, pre-function space, catering staff, conference facilities and technicians, high speed internet access in all meeting/event facilities, with natural lighting and a business centre as well. For those who wish to plan their receptions here, there is a wedding coordinator too. All the rooms in this property are vibrant and colourful, with elegant and

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contemporary interiors. Tech savvy, all the rooms are equipped with plasma screens, high watt speaker systems and a DVD player. The room dĂŠcor is also minimalist, snug and manages to exude warmth and comfort. Comfort king room, comfort twin room, pool view room, one bedroom apartment, suite, studio apartment are the various types of rooms in Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Serviced Apartments. Apart from the Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed, the hotel can also arrange for Cribs and Rollaway Beds. The dining area in serviced rooms is adequately equipped with a coffee and tea maker, bottled water, kitchenette, 24-hour room service, microwave oven, mini bar and refrigerator. All in all a stay in Four Points by Sheraton & Serviced Apartments is a must if you plan to travel to Pune.

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Unwinding at the Sawasdee Traditional Thai Spa

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he human body is the most complex yet beautiful creation. What it needs most is a special time where it can be pampered and rejuvenated to stand up again and take on all odds. What could be more exquisite than being surrounded by intoxicating aromas, beautiful candle lights, silence and somebody working on those tired tensed muscles. A Spa- the perfect place to unwind and let the pampering happen while you just lie back, relax and feel sublime. Nothing in life beats dipping into a bubbling hot tub or putting your body under the skilled and soothing hands of a well-trained masseur. The Sawasdee Traditional Thai Spa offers you the perfect treatments to soothe and maintain health levels during the monsoon season. Offering an array of signature massages, let Sawasdee shower attention on you this monsoon.

Sawasdee Signature Massage (90 Min.) 3400/- Muscle Relaxation - Warm Herbal Massage - Mentally Soothing: This Traditional Thai style signature massage relaxes the body, soothes the skin and improves the body’s circulatory system. It combines an invigorating massage using hands and the application of herbal balm and aromatic oils together with heated pouches on the body to soothe tired and tense deep muscle fibres, ease aches and pains and most of all providing a general sense of wellbeing.

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Lotus Signature Massage (90 min.) 3500/- Clears blocked energy lines – Blood circulation: This blissful signature massage combines eastern philosophy with western techniques. It incorporates a specialised massage technique with application of pressure on certain pressure points to release blocked energy and create a balance in the body. The application of hot herbal compress relieves sprains, stiffness in the joints and stimulates blood circulation. Lymphatic Drainage Massage (60 Min) 2150/-Removes toxins – Improves circulation: Using deep thumb and finger pressure and soothing strokes this delightful massage improves circulation and flushes out toxins, which is beneficial for cellulite prone areas.

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decor Window Passions collection Each room deserves to be “dressed” in a unique “ensemble”. The ‘custom studio’ at Window Passions has mastered the fine art of personalising and coordinating an entire line, specially created in consultation with you. Starting with window dressing: from exquisitely worked, elaborate classic drapes to contemporary, new world designs, the collection is accented with the finest finials, tassels, tiebacks, rods, and sheers, and accessorised with coordinated cushions, throws, rugs, wall hangings, coffee table covers and lampshades. In the dining area, the drapes can be matched with table linen: table covers, placemats, napkins, runners, coasters. In the bedroom: bedspreads, throws, runners and coasters.

Must have collectibles from Renovation Factory Get the look this season with the must have collectibles from Renovation Factory. From the Flame collection to the Amethyst and Ruby collection, the brand offers home accents that perfectly exemplify the festive exuberance of Indian weddings. Featuring a vast arrasy of Living and Dining enhancements that embody the best of French Country and Colonial inspirations, Renovation Factory offers a selection of beautiful, yet affordable, products that are the perfect addition to your home and also make ideal gifts for all occasions.

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Bombay Dyeing’s ‘Around the World’ Collection Get the best of the world, now in your bedroom with Bombay Dyeing’s newly launched ‘Around the World’ Bed and Bath Collection. This chic collection is inspired by, and features the most popular, iconic and architecturally breathtaking monuments from across the world. This collection showcases magnificent renditions of iconic monuments like the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and more. So treat your mind and body to the luxury of a good night’s sleep, as your senses journey ‘Around the World’. Priced at 2,299/-.

The Pure Concept Collection 2012 Luxury home furnishing brand, The Pure Concept unveils its collection for the season. The Pure Concept Collection 2012 is titled “Volte” and divided into three segments - Volte 1, Volte 2 and Volte 3. The Voltes are a mix of classic influences infused with modern, chic touches and are inspired by the Japanese WabiSabi philosophy. The collection includes a wide range of multi-use fabrics, wall coverings, velvets, embroidered linens and sheers.

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Impressive and strong Ck Dart watches. Designed with multilayer constructions and real rubber, this masculine chronograph makes a powerful statement. Available in unique styles, CK Dart can fit any confident man’s style. A polished and brushed stainless steel case is offered with a black dial and a black rubber strap, or with a silver dial with either a black or white rubber strap. The watch is also presented in a bicolour style, with a stainless steel and PVD black case, black dial and black rubber strap. A monochrome black version, with polished and brushed PVD black case, dial and rubber strap; and a stainless steel with navy dial and navy rubber strap, round out the offering.

Tissot PRS 330 Tony Parker Limited Edition 2012 This piece conveys energy worthy of a professional athlete through a sporty look and dynamic details. The dial and counters, surrounded by a ruler pattern emphasise the ultimate precision this tool provides. The Tissot PRS 330 Tony Parker Limited Edition 2012 is an elite competitor in both fields of sport and class. The watch’s striking details are complemented by a flamboyant orange rubber strap on which the dial is displayed within a smooth edged stainless steel case. This edition is limited at 4’999 pieces and features Tony Parker’s silk printed logo on the case back.

Raymond Weil’s high-end male time-piece collection The Swiss watch initiator; Raymond Weil has unveiled their latest high-end male timepiece collection titled as, ‘Freelancer Steel & Rose Gold Class’. Classical and elegant, the timepiece, with its 42mm steel case, mounted on brown leather, stands out through the rose gold notes punctuating its dial. This combination of materials and pure lines assures this new variant of a natural distinction.

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Versace Vanitas for women A brand-new collection for women joins the Versace line of watches. Vanitas, that are inspired by the aesthetic heritage of the Maison, have the symbolic elements reinterpreted in an innovative way. Strongly iconic, the most prominent features are the Greek key and studs that make it immediately recognizable. The Greek key stands out on the soleil dial; small studs dot the markers and the profile of the entire bezel; other larger ones with the head of Medusa are applied to the strap. The colour range includes white, black, sky blue, pistachio green and purple for the more precious version, with diamonds set on the top ring. In stainless steel or with IP rose gold treatment, the lady size case (35 mm in diameter) contains a Swiss Made quartz movement, and flaunts rectangular loops. The strap is made of crocodile print leather or is a metal bracelet made of geometric links. Priced at 1,72,000/-

Balmain revives 1992 Ivoire collection The Ivoire comes with a dial in silver, white mother-of-pearl or a black finish, is mounted on a steel bracelet or black leather strap, and is studded with 46 Wesselton diamonds (0.23 carats). Deliberately aristocratic, deliberately expansive – with a touch of conservatism – and resolutely elegant, the Ivoire lets the Balmain woman stand out with sophistication.

GaGa Milano’s Napoleone Lady The Napoleone Lady line has a fun and absolutely unique take about the legitimacy of luxury and irony. Its distinctive rectangular case sets it apart from the other collections, embellished with a row of diamonds set on the body and lugs of the steel case. Mother-of-pearl dials with contrasting super-sized numbers. The elegant croc - leather strap comes with matching tones with the numbers on the dial. Price: 30,000 onwards

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CAR & Bike BUYER’S GUIDE Prices of new cars & bikes in unique slabs of your choice

car buyer’s guide Cars priced up to 7 lakh

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Cars priced from 7 to 20 lakh

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Cars priced from 20 to 30 lakh

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Cars priced from 30 to 60 lakh

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Cars priced from 60 lakh to 1 crore

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Cars priced from 1 crore and above

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Off road vehicles

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Bike buyer’s guide Up to 100 cc

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From 101 to 125 cc

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From 126 to 150 cc

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From 151 to 250 cc

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From 250 cc and above

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CAR BUYER’S GUIDE CARS PRICED UPTO 7 LAKH COMPANY

MODEL

FIAT

Grande Punto

FORD

Figo Fiesta Classic

GM

HONDA HYUNDAI

Beat

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

Petrol

15.2

1172

5.43

5.74

Diesel

20.3

1248

6.22

6.28L

Petrol

15.6

1196

4.17

5.46

Diesel

20

1399

5.28

6.56

Petrol

13.9

1596

6.14

6.14

Petrol/LPG

18.61/13.3

1199

4.09

5.44

Diesel

24

936

4.99

6.32

Spark

Petrol/LPG

18/13.15

995

3.46

4.09

U-VA

Petrol

15.26

1150

4.96

4.96

Aveo

Petrol

14.49

1399

6.53

6.53

Brio

Petrol

18.4

1198

4.38

5.7

Jazz

Petrol

16.7

1198

6.29

6.56

i10 (1.1l)

Petrol

19.81

1086

4.02

4.48

i10 1.2L Kappa

Petrol

20.36

1197

4.76

6.9

i20

Petrol

18.5

1200

5.21

6.97

Eon

Petrol

21.1

814

3.04

4.17

Petrol/CNG

17.92/11.88

1086

3.21

4.48

Petrol/CNG/LPG

16.36/11.26/NA

1495

5.66

6.07

Santro Xing Accent Executive MAHINDRA REVA

Reva-i

Electric

NA

NA

3.55

4.47

MAHINDRA

Verito

Petrol

14.4

1390

5.79

6.03

MARUTI SUZUKI

Alto

Petrol/CNG

19.70/26.83

796

2.7

3.8

Petrol

20.2

998

3.49

3.66

Alto K10 A-Star (MT/ AT)

Petrol

19/16.98

998

4.12

5.05

Omni

Petrol/LPG (BSIII)

14.70/10.9

796

2.71/2.93

2.71/2.93

Estilo

Petrol/CNG

19/26.3

998

3.74

4.76

Petrol/ CNG / LPG

18.9/13.1/26.2

998

3.85

4.83

Petrol

17.7

1197

4.61

5.68

WagonR Ritz Swift Gyspy King Eeco (5/7 Seater)

Diesel

21.1

1248

5.75

6.35

Petrol

18.6

1197

4.92L

6.24

Diesel

22.9

1248

6.15

7.72

Petrol

11.96

1298

5.44

6.46

Petrol/CNG

15.10/20

1196

3.31

4.36

Ertiga(LXi)

Petrol

16.02

1373

6.47

6.47

Swift Dzire

Petrol

19.1

1197

5.36

5.94

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CAR BUYER’S GUIDE CARS PRICED UPTO 7 LAKH COMPANY

MODEL

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

Diesel

23.4

1248

6.61

6.61

MAHINDRA

Verito

Petrol

13.87

1390

5.64

5.85

NISSAN

Micra

Petrol

18.06

1198

4.71

6.11

Diesel

23.08

1461

6.65

6.65

Petrol

16.95

1498

6.59

6.59

Sunny (XE) PREMIER RENAULT SKODA

Rio Pulse Fabia

TATA MOTORS

Indica eV2 Indigo eCS Indigo Xl

VOLKSWAGEN

12.5

1173

5.43

5.93

16

1489

5.5

6.2

Petrol

18.06

1198

4.71

6.1

Diesel

23.08

1461

6.6

6.97

Petrol

16.25

1198

5.23

5.81

Diesel

20.86

1199

6.62

6.62

Petrol/LPG

16.84/NA

1193

3.97

4.56

Diesel

25

1396

5.17

5.69

Petrol

15.64

1193

5.3

5.85

Diesel

25

1396

6.25

6.51

Diesel

23.57

1396

6.57

6.57

Manza

Petrol

13.7

1368

6.3

6.74

Nano

Petrol

25.34

624

1.57

2.18

Sumo Gold

Diesel

14.07

2956

6.56

6.56

Vista

Petrol

16.7

1172

4.59

5.45

Vista 1.4 90PS TOYOTA

Petrol Diesel

Petrol

13.7

1368

6.04

653

Diesel

22.3

1248

5.69

6.39

Etios Liva

Petrol

18.31

1197

4.62

6.28

Etios Liva

Diesel

23.59

1364

6.55

6.55

Etios (sedan)

Petrol

17.57

1496

5.73

6.34

Polo

Petrol

17.24

1198

5.39

6.06

Diesel

22.07

1199

6.65

6.65

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

Petrol (1.4)

14.8

1368

7.51

7.57

CARS PRICED FROM 7-20 LAKH COMPANY FIAT

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CAR BUYER’S GUIDE CARS PRICED FROM 7-20 LAKH COMPANY

MODEL

Linea

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

Diesel

20.3

1248

7.15

8.31

Petrol

14.2

1368

7.71

8.84

Diesel

19.93

1248

8.94

10.51

FORCE MOTORS

Force One

Diesel

11.6

2149

10.65

10.65

FORD

Fiesta Classic

Petrol

13.9

1596

7.03

7.75

Diesel

20

1399

8.30

8.93

Petrol

17/16.97

1499

10.05

11

2012 Fiesta (MT/AT) GM

HONDA

Diesel

23.5

1498

10.69

12.1

Aveo (1.4LT)

Petrol

14.49

1399

7.6

7.6

Cruze (MT/AT)

Diesel

17.30/14.39

1991

16.14

18.24

Optra Magnum

Diesel

16.52

1991

9.23

10.83

Tavera

Diesel

12.2

2000

8.54

12.85

City (MT/AT)

Petrol

16.8/15.6

1497

8.07

11.95

Jazz XMT

Petrol

16.7

1198

7

7

Civic (MT/AT) HYUNDAI

Elantra i20 (AT) i20 (MT) Verna

MAHINDRA

MARUTI SUZUKI

Petrol

14.5/13.9

1798

14.51

17.12

Petrol (MT/AT)

16.3/14.3

1797

14.27

16.79

Diesel (MT/AT)

22.7/19.1

1582

15.05

18.44

Petrol

15

1400

8.57

8.57

Diesel

21.9

1396

7.12

8.5

Petrol (1.4)

17.43

1396

7.97

7.97

Petrol (1.6) MT/AT

17.01/15.74

1591

8.82

11.06

Diesel (1.4)

23.5

1396

9.51

13.14

Diesel (1.6) MT/AT

22.32/19.08

1582

10.49

13.114

Bolero

Diesel

15.96

2523

7.45

8.19

Scorpio

Diesel

12.05

2179

8.88

14.8

Thar (4X2)

Diesel

18.06

2523

7.82

7.82

Verito

Diesel

21.03

1461

7.15

8.15

Xylo

Diesel

13/12.2

2179

Diesel

13.6

2489

8.52

12.29

Diesel

11.68

2498

XUV500

Diesel

15.1

2179

13.88

16.2

Ertiga

Petrol

16.02

1373

7.43

8.2

Diesel

20.77

1248

8.33

9.62

Diesel

22.9

1248

7.73

7.73

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CAR BUYER’S GUIDE CARS PRICED FROM 7-20 LAKH COMPANY

MODEL Dzire (MT/AT) SX4 (MT) SX4 (AT)

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

Petrol

19.1/17.4

1197

7.07

7.46

Diesel

23.4

1248

7.44

8.34

Petrol, CNG

15.5/ 21.4

1586

8.01

9.25

Petrol

12.6

1586

9.69

10.08

Diesel

21.5

1248

9.27

10.65

Grand Vitara (MT/AT)

Petrol

10.4/9.24

2393

19.2

20

Kizashi (MT/CVT)

Petrol

12.45/12.53

2393

18.71

19.84

MITSUBISHI

Cedia

Petrol

13.17

1999

9.41

9.41

NISSAN

Micra

Diesel

23.08

1461

7.38

7.38

Sunny Renault

Duster

SKODA

Fabia (1.6) Fabia Scout Rapid (MT/AT)

TATA MOTORS

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1498

8

8.9

21.1

1461

9.32

10.24

Petrol

13.24

1598

8.07

9.17

Diesel

20.64/19

1461

9

13.1

Petrol

14.83

1598

7.14

7.14

Petrol

16.4

1198

7.67

7.67

Diesel

20.86

1199

7.11

8.01

Petrol

15.42/14.4

1598

7.82

10.42

Diesel

20.54

1598

9.36

10.87

Yeti (2WD/4wd)

Diesel

17.7/17.67

1968

15.35

19.21

Laura (Normal/RS)

Petrol

13.8/13.4

1798

14.27

17.67

Laura (MT/AT)

Diesel

20/18.3

1968

15.98

18.83

Aria (2WD/4WD)

Diesel

13.7/13.5

2179

14.08

19.52

Grande MK-II

Diesel

13.55

2179

8.96

10.23

Indigo (1.4 Ltr)

Diesel

1396

7.06

7.06

Indigo Xl

CNG

20.52

1396

7.09

7.09

Manza

TOYOTA

Petrol Diesel

Petrol

13.7

1368

7.24

8.14

Diesel (Aqua/Aura)

21.12/21.02

1248

7.35

9.29

Safari (4x2/4x4)

Diesel

14.34/13.93

2179

9.61

15.75

Sumo Gold

Diesel

14.07

2956

7.18

8.28

Vista 1.4 90PS (GZX)

Petrol

13.7

1368

7.27

7.27

Vista (ZX)

Diesel

22.3

1248

7.33

7.33

Xenon XT

Diesel

13.49

2179

11.3

12.85

Etios Liva

Petrol

18.31

1197

7.01

7.01

Etios Liva

Diesel

23.59

1364

7.11

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CAR BUYER’S GUIDE CARS PRICED FROM 7-20 LAKH COMPANY

MODEL

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

Petrol

17.57

1496

7.03

8.13

Etios (sedan) Corolla Altis Innova VOLKSWAGEN

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

Polo

Diesel

23.59

1364

7.84

9.49

Petrol

14.53/15.22

1794

12.81

17.85

Diesel

21.45

1364

14.23

17.97

Petrol

9

1998

11.02

15.09

Diesel

11.4

2495

12.33

16.29

Petrol

17.24

1198

7.25

7.25

Petrol

15.26

1598

7.52

7.52

Diesel

22.07

1199

7.58

8.64

Petrol

15.04/14.4

1598

8.39

11.19

Diesel

20.54

1598

9.93

11.69

Diesel

19.39

1968

17.76

19.48

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

Petrol

14.79

1997

42.68

42.68

Diesel

18.88

1995

33.81

42.42

27.69

27.69

Vento (MT/AT) Jetta (MT)

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MODEL 3-Series

X1 Ford GM Honda

Diesel

NA

1995

Petrol

11.25

1995

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

Diesel

15.06

1995

30

30

Endeavour (4X2 MT)

Diesel

13.1

2499

20.95

20.95

Endeavour (4X2/4X4 AT)

Diesel

11.4

2953

22.49

24.37

Captiva (MT/AT)

Diesel

14/11.6

1991

21.79

23.92

Accord (MT/AT)-2.4L

Petrol

12.80/11.70

2354

23.26

24.16

Accord AT-3.5L V6

Petrol

10.2

3471

30.83

30.83

CR-V 2.0 (MT)

Petrol

13.11

1997

25.96

25.96

CR-V 2.4 (MT/ AT)

Petrol

11.1/10.8

2354

27.64/28.51

27.64/28.51

Hyundai

Santa Fe MT (2&4WD) /AT

Diesel

14.66/11.72

2199

25.99

29.43

Sonata (MT/AT)

Petrol

13.8/13

2359

21.06

23.41

Mitsubishi

Outlander

Diesel

10.3

2360

23.46

23.8

Pajero Sport

Diesel

12.8

2477

28.43

28.43

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CAR BUYER’S GUIDE CARS PRICED FROM 20-30 LAKH COMPANY

MODEL

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

Petrol

11.07

2496

24.85

29.22

Nissan

Teana X-Trail (MT/AT)

Petrol

14.42/13.29

1995

26.48

29.43

Renault

Koleos (AT)

Diesel

13.7

1995

28.78

28.78

Toyota Volkswagen

Camry (AT)

Petrol

12.1

2494

27.65

27.65

Fortuner MT (2&4WD)/AT)

Diesel

13/12.55

2982

24.67

26.01

Beetle (AT)

Petrol

10.98

1984

24.12

24.12

Jetta (AT)

Diesel

16.36

1968

21.39

22.38

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

Petrol

15.64

1798

31.58

36.25

Diesel

16.55

1968

34.61

39.47

Diesel

14.94

2967

51

51

Petrol

10.4

2773

Petrol

9.2

2995

Petrol

9.74

1984

38 (ex)

49 (ex)

Diesel

16.66

1968

CARS PRICED FROM 30-60 LAKH COMPANY AUDI

MODEL A4

A6

Q3 Q5 Q7

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PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

Diesel

13.88

2967

Petrol

11.72

2000

30.39

38.07

Diesel

16.7

2000

30.40

39.02

41.24(ex)

47.68 (ex)

64 (ex)

64 (ex)

49.48 (ex)

49.48 (ex)

31

38

Diesel

12.8

1968

Diesel

12.19

2967

Petrol

10.1

4134

Diesel

12.62

2967

TT

Petrol

10.36

3189

3-Series

Petrol

12.05

1995

Petrol

9.43

2996

Diesel

16.07

1995

Diesel

NA

1995

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CAR BUYER’S GUIDE CARS PRICED FROM 30-60 LAKH COMPANY

MODEL 5-Series

X3

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Petrol

11.7

2497

Petrol

11.62

2996

Diesel

18.48

1995

Diesel

16.73

2993

Diesel

16.2

2993

Petrol

NA

2497

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi) Minimum

Maximum

43.65 (ex)

57.09 (ex)

49.30 (ex)

56.04 (ex)

Diesel

NA

1995

JAGUAR

XF

Diesel

13.53

2993

54.82

54.82

LAND ROVER

Freelander2

Diesel

NA

2179

43.74

49.41

Evoque

Diesel

8.14

2179

51.87

72.32

C-Class

Petrol

11.74

1796

Diesel

14.94

2143

30.97

40

Diesel

14.84

2143

E-Class E200 CGI

Petrol

12.06

1796

E250 Elegance

Petrol

10.96

2497

E250

Diesel

14.21

2143

44.71

60

E350CDI

Diesel

12.96

2987

EVOX

Petrol

NA

1998

56.88

56.88

Montero (MT/AT)

Petrol

NA/11.56

3200

48

48

NISSAN

X-Trail (AT)

Petrol

13.29

1995

31.58

31.58

PORSCHE

Boxster

Petrol

NA

3387

53.2

53.2

Cayman

Petrol

NA/NA

2687/3387

58.5

65

Hybrid (Petrol-Electric)

23.91

1798

32.09

34.44

Petrol

18.33

1968

32.2

32.2

T6Petrol

8

2953

D3 Diesel

17.24

1984

33.21

40.71

43.51

51.01

46.02

55.27

55.46

55.46

MERCEDES BENZ

MISTSUBISHI

TOYOTA

Prius

VOLKSWAGEN

Passat (AT)

VOLVO

S60

S80 XC60 XC90

D5 Diesel

11

2400

D3 Diesel

14.7

1984

D5 Diesel

11

2400

D3 Diesel

14.7

1984

D5 Diesel

11

2400

D5 Diesel

11

2400

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CAR BUYER’S GUIDE CARS PRICED FROM 60 LAKH-1 Crore

AUDI

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

A7

Diesel

NA

2967

66 lakh (Ex)

72 lakh (Ex)

A8

Petrol

NA

4163

Petrol

NA

5998

78.54 lakh (Ex)

1 crore (EX)

Diesel

NA

2967

Petrol

10.1

4134

63.09 lakh

75.87 lakh

Diesel

12.62

2967

MODEL

Q7

BMW

RS5

Petrol

NA

4163

85.96 lakh

85.96 lakh

M3

Petrol

8.93

3999

78 lakh

84 lakh

Gran Turismo

Diesel

NA

2993

75 lakh

75 lakh

6-Series 640d Coupe’

Petrol

9

2993

92.4 lakh

92.4 lakh

650i Convertible

Petrol

7.94

4395

1.15cr

1.15cr

7-Series

Petrol

8.77

4799

Petrol

8.45

4000

82 lakh

98 lakh

Diesel

14.49

2993

Petrol

8

4395

85.5 lakh (ex)

85.5 lakh (ex)

Diesel

11.7

2993

68 lakh(ex)

68 lakh (ex)

Petrol

7.2

4395

77 lakh (ex)

77 lakh (ex)

X5 X6

JAGUAR

Diesel

11.2

2393

94 lakh (ex)

94 lakh (ex)

Z4

Petrol

10.37

2979

66.5 lakh (ex)

66.5 lakh (ex)

XF

Petrol V8/RV8

NA/NA

5000

Diesel SV6

13.53

2993

85.11 lakh

89.54 lakh

Petrol

NA

5000

97.5 lakh

99.87 lakh

Petrol

7.4

1999

Diesel

8.14

2179

71.85 lakh

72.32 lakh

78.55 lakh

90.80 lakh

85.82 lakh

98 lakh

67 lakh

99 lakh

XJ LAND ROVER

Evoque

MERCEDES BENZ

PRICE (Delhi)

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

COMPANY

Discover4

Diesel

NA

2993

Range Rover Sport

Petrol

NA

4197

Diesel (TD V8)

NA

3628

Range Rover Sport

Supercharged Petrol

NA

5000

E-Class 350

Petrol

10.93

3498

E-Class 250

Petrol

10.08

2497

CLS Class 350CGI

Petrol

NA

3498

90 lakh

93 lakh

SLK-Class 350

Petrol

10.1

3498

78.68 lakh

81.82 lakh

SLK Kompressor

Petrol

NA

1796

M-Class

Diesel

8.07

2987

52 lakh

57 lakh

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CAR BUYER’S GUIDE CARS PRICED FROM 60 LAKH-1 Crore FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

GL-Class 500

Petrol

7.25

5461

GL 5004MATIC

Petrol

NA

5461

Diesel

NA

2987

COMPANY

MODEL

S-Class

PRICE (Delhi) Minimum

Maximum

92 lakh

93 lakh

94 lakh

96 lakh

Petrol

10.13

3498

Diesel

NA

2987

R-Class R-350 4MATIC

Petrol

NA

3498

71 lakh

72 lakh

R-350CDi 4Matic

Diesel

16

2987

65L

65L

NISSAN

370Z (MT/AT)

Petrol

NA

3696

61.89 lakh

63 lakh

PORSCHE

Boxster

Petrol

NA

3387

67 lakh

67 lakh

Cayman (Base)

Petrol

NA

2687

Cayman S

Petrol

NA

3387

71 lakh

75 lakh

Cayenne V6

Petrol

NA

3598

Cayenne SV8

Petrol

10.8

4806 67 lakh

78.1 lakh

Cayenne Turbo

Petrol

NA

4806

Cayenne Diesel (Base)

Diesel

NA

2967

Cayenne (S)

Diesel

10.5

4806

TOYOTA

Land Cruiser Prado

Diesel

11.13

3956

71.57 lakh

71.57 lakh

VOLKSWAGEN

Phaeton

Petrol

NA

3600

87 lakh

87 lakh

FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

Vanquish

Petrol

NA

6000

4.28

4.28

V8 Vantage (Coupe & Roadster)

Petrol

NA

4735

2

2.2

V12 Vantage

Petrol

NA

5935

2.71

2.71

DB9 (Coupe & Volante)

Petrol

NA

5935

2.48

2.8

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MODEL

PRICE (Delhi)

Virage (Coupe & Volante)

Petrol

NA

5935

2.9

3.11

DBS (Coupe & Volante)

Petrol

NA

5935

3.5

3.8

Rapide

Petrol

NA

5935

2.9

3.11

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FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

R8 FSI

Petrol

NA

4163

R8 5.2FSI

Petrol

NA

5204

Spyder

Petrol

NA

5204

Azure T

Petrol

NA

Continental

Petrol

NA

COMPANY AUDI

BENTLEY

BMW

MODEL

PRICE (Delhi) Minimum

Maximum

1.15 (ex)

1.35 (ex)

6761

3.5 (ex)

3.5 (ex)

5998

1.65

2.5

Mulsanne

Petrol

NA

6750

2 (ex-)

2 (ex-)

M5

Petrol

NA

4395

1.12

1.12

6-Series 650i Convertible

Petrol

7.94

4395

1.15

1.15

7-Series

Petrol

7.69

5972

1.3 (ex)

1.3 (ex)

BUGATI

Veyron

Petrol

NA

7993

17 (ex)

17 (ex)

FERRARI

California

Petrol

NA

4297

2.2 (ex)

2.2 (ex)

458 Italia

Petrol

NA

4497

2.5 (ex)

2.5 (ex)

599 GTB Fiorano

Petrol

NA

5999

3.5 (ex)

3.5 (ex)

FF

Petrol

4

6262

3.4 (ex)

3.4 (ex)

XJ

Petrol

NA

5000

1.01 (ex)

1.01 (ex)

XK

Petrol

NA

5000

1.05 (ex)

1.05 (ex)

Aventador

Petrol

NA

6498

4 (ex)

4 (ex)

Gallardo

Petrol

NA

4961

2 (ex)

2.5 (ex)

LAND ROVER

Range Rover

Petrol

NA

4197

1.15

1.15

MASERATI

Gran Turismo

Petrol

NA

4244

1.2 (ex)

1.3 (ex)

1.4 (ex)

1.4 (ex)

1.2 (ex)

1.4 (ex)

1.2 (ex)

2.5 (ex)

JAGUAR LAMBORGHINI

MERCEDES BENZ

Petrol

NA

4691

GranCabrio

Petrol

NA

4691

Quattroporte

Petrol

NA

4244

Petrol

NA

4691

Petrol

NA

5461

Petrol

NA

5513

Petrol

NA

5980

CL-Class

CLS-Class (AMG)

Petrol

10.22

6208

1.2 (ex)

1.2 (ex)

S-Class S500L

Petrol

7.81

5461

1.1 (ex)

2.5 (ex)

SLS-Class

Petrol

NA

6208

2.1

2.1

SL-Class 65AMG

Petrol

NA

5980

SL350

Petrol

NA

3498

1.6 (ex)

2.4 (ex)

G-Class

Petrol

NA

5439

1.10 (ex)

1.10 (ex)

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CAR BUYER’S GUIDE CARS PRICED FROM 1 Crore and above FUEL Petrol/Diesel/CNG/LPG

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl/kmpkg

ENGINE cc

911 Carrera S

Petrol

NA

3824

Carrera 4 Cabriolet

Petrol

NA

3596

GT2

Petrol

NA

3600

COMPANY

MODEL

PORSCHE

ROLLS ROYCE TOYOTA

PRICE (Delhi) Minimum

Maximum

1.05(approx)

2 (approx)

Turbo

Petrol

NA

3600

Cayenne (S)

Diesel

10.5

4806

1.3 (ex)

1.3 (ex)

Panamera

Petrol

NA

4806

1.1 (ex)

2.6 (ex)

Ghost

Petrol

6.5

6592

2.6 (ex)

2.6 (ex)

Phantom

Petrol

NA

6749

4.1 (ex)

4.25 (ex)

Land Cruiser 200

Diesel

NA

4461

1.15

1.15

Off-road vehicles COMPANY

POLARIS

ATV

Ranger

Ranger RZR

Snowmobile

PRICE (Delhi) In lakhs

Sportsman 90

89

3.42

Phoenix 200

196

5.01

Sportsman 400 H.O.

455

8.17

Sportsman 850 XP/2UP EPS

850

12.16/14.96

Sportsman X2550

549

8.17

400

455

11.92

Crew 500 EFI

498

14.8

Crew 800

760

18.15

Ranger Diesel

904

18.15

RZR 170 (Youth)

169

5.42

RZR 570

567

13.68

RZR 4800

760

19.99

RZR 900 XP

875

22.14

Widetrak LS

488

11.82

MODEL

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Two wheeler BUYER’S GUIDE Two wheelers UPTO 100 cc

BAJA AUTO HERO

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

Platina

90

99.3

0.43

0.43

Discover DT-Si

80

94.3

0.47

0.5

CD Dawn

80

97.2

0.42

0.42

CD Deluxe

80

97.2

0.46

0.49

Splendor

81

97.2

0.49

0.53

Passion Plus

79

97.2

0.43

0.45

Passion Pro

84

97.2

0.52

0.57

MODEL

MAHINDRA 2 WHEELERS

Kine

TVS

XL Super

VIBGYOR

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl

COMPANY

63.25

71.5

0.36

0.36

NA

69.9

0.32

0.32

Scooty Pep+

65.6

87.8

0.46

0.46

Scooty Streak

65.6

87.8

0.49

0.49

Scooty Teenz

56.7

59.9

0.37

0.37

Star Sport

83.9

99.7

0.45

0.48

Gallop

NA

97.2

0.34

0.34

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

82

124.6

0.56

0.56

Two wheelers from 101-125 cc COMPANY

MODEL

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

BAJAJ AUTO

Discover 125 DT-Si Platina 125

80.2

124.6

0.43

0.43

HERO

Pleasure

NA

102

0.45

0.48

HMSI

Maestro

NA

109

0.52

0.52

Super Splendor

83.1

124.7

0.58

0.58

Glamour

81.1

124.7

0.59

0.7

Glamour PGM-FI

NA

124.8

0.69

0.69

Dio

NA

109

0.47

0.47

Dream Yuga

72

110

0.48

0.53

Activa DLX

66.7

109

0.51

0.51

Aviator 110

66.7

109

0.52

0.57

CB Twister

85.7

109

0.49

0.55

CB Shine

74.7

124.6

0.52

0.6

CBF Stunner

70.3

124.7

0.61

0.61

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Two wheeler BUYER’S GUIDE Two wheelers from 101-125 cc

MAHINDRA 2 WHEELERS

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

57.18

125

0.48

0.48

Duro DZ

58

124.6

0.5

0.5

Flyte

40

124.6

0.46

0.46

56.3

124.6

0.52

0.52

62

125

0.77

0.77

MODEL Duro

Rodeo PIAGGIO

Vespa LX125

SUZUKI

Swish Access 125

TVS

VIBGYOR YAMAHA

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl

COMPANY

51

125

0.52

0.52

50.22

124

0.51

0.51

Slingshot

68.5

124

0.52

0.52

Wego

64.6

109.7

0.53

0.53

Star City 110

83.9

109.7

0.47

0.51

Jive

82

109.7

0.54

0.54

Hunter

60

124.1

0.49

0.49

Crux SS

75.74

106

0.49

0.49

NA

125

0.62

0.62

YBR 110

70.03

106

0.51

0.51

YBR 125

71.5

125

0.58

0.58

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl

ENGINE cc

Two wheelers from 126-150 cc COMPANY BAJAJ AUTO

HERO

MODEL

Minimum

Maximum

Discover 150 DT-Si

72.3

144.8

0.58

0.58

Pulsar 135LS

68.1

134.6

0.65

0.65

Pulsar 150 DT-Si

62.1

149

0.75

0.75

Boxer BM

NA

150

0.49

0.49

Ignitor

NA

125

0.58

0.58

Achiever

68

149.1

0.62

0.62

CBZ Xtreme

65.1

149.2

0.75

0.79

Hunk

65.1

149.2

0.75

0.77

Impulse HMSI

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

55

149.2

0.79

0.79

CB Unicorn

62.2

149.1

0.71

0.71

CB Unicorn Dazzler

62.2

149.1

0.73

0.75

CBR 150R

NA

149.4

1.32

1.32

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LML

SUZUKI

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

NV LS 4 stroke

60

150

0.64

0.64

NV LS 2 stroke

40

150

0.59

0.59

Select- 4S K.S

60

150

0.57

0.57

Select -4S White

60

150

0.57

0.57

Select 4S E.S

60

150

0.61

0.61

NV 4S Deluxe

60

150

0.53

0.53

NV 4S DLX E.S

60

150

0.58

0.58

NV SPL 2 E.S

40

150

0.53

0.53

NV SPL 2S

40

150

0.48

0.48

55.7

149.5

0.7

0.7

COMPANY

MODEL

GS 150R

VIBGYOR

Shark

YAMAHA

YZF-R15

50

142.7

0.59

0.59

46.83

149.8

1.23

1.27

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

58.1

178.6

0.79

0.79

Two wheelers from 151-250 cc COMPANY BAJAJ AUTO

MODEL Pulsar 180 DT-Si Pulsar 200NS

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

58

200

0.85 (ex Maharashtra.)

0.85 (ex Maharashtra.)

Pulsar 220

54.2

220

0.85

0.9

Avenger 220

49.8

219.98

0.85

0.85

KTM Duke 200

NA

199.5

1.34

1.34

HERO

Karizma

48.5

223

0.9

0.9

Karizma ZMR

51

223

1.11

1.11

HMSI

CBR 250R

30

249.6

1.6

1.9

HYOSUNG

GT 250R

28

249

3.15

3.15

KAWASAKI

Ninja 250R

22.8

249

3.08

3.08

TVS YAMAHA

Apache RTR 160

NA

159.7

0.78

0.81

Apache RTR 180

NA

177.4

0.83

0.95

SZ

62.4

153

0.63

0.67

FZ

14.88

153

0.78

0.82

Fazer

50.81

153

0.86

0.88

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Two wheeler BUYER’S GUIDE Two wheelers from 250 cc and above COMPANY DUCATI

MODEL Monster 796 Monster 1100 Hypermortard796

HARLEY DAVIDSON

HMSI

HYOSUNG

PRICE In lakhs (Delhi)

FUEL EFFICIENCY kmpl

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

12

803

9.42

9.42

25

1078

12.9

16

15-18

803

10.93

10.93

Hypermortard 1100

NA

1078

14.89

14.89

GT 1000

21.7

1092

13

13

Multistrada

NA

1198

20.1

22

Streetfighter

20

1099

21.83

21.83

848

12

849.4

15.18

15.18

1199

45

1198.4

24.66

24.66

Diavel

10

1198

20.47

25.1

883 Super Low

NA

883

7

7

Iron 883

NA

883

9

9

XL 883L Sportster

NA

883

7.65

9

XL 1200L Nightster

NA

1202

10.1

11.1

XR 1200X

NA

1202

12.1

13

Street Bob

NA

1585

10.1

10.3

Super Glide Custom

NA

1585

11.65

11.9

Fat Boy

NA

1690

19.45

20

Heritage Softail Classic

NA

1690

20.45

21

Night Rod Special

NA

1247

19.8

20

Road King

NA

1690

22.75

22.75

Street Glide

NA

1690

24.5

24.5

Ultra Classic Electra Guide

NA

1802

35-37

35-37

CB1000 R

NA

998

10.9

10.9

CB1000RR

NA

999

14.64

14.86

VFR1200F

NA

1237

19.26

10

VT 1300 CX

NA

1312

13

15

20/21

650

7.5/4.5

7.5/4.5

24

678

6.5

6.5

GT 650R ST7

KAWASAKI

Ninja 650R

NA

649

5

6

ROYAL ENFIELD

Bullet 350

53.4

346

1.04

1.04

Electra Twinspark

53.4

346

1.17

1.17

Thunderbird Twinspark

53.4

346

1.24

1.24

Classic 350

53.4

346

1.24

1.24

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Two wheeler BUYER’S GUIDE Two wheelers from 250 cc and above COMPANY

MODEL

ENGINE cc

Minimum

Maximum

53.4

346

1.58

1.58

Classic 500

SUZUKI

Desert Strom

39.35

499

1.6

1.6

Classic- CHROM

39.35

499

1.69

1.69

GSX-R1000

15

999

13.75

13.75

75.47

1670

9.5

10

Hayabusa

NA

1340

14

14.2

Intruder

NA

1783

14

14.3

Bandit 1250S

YAMAHA

YZF-R1

14

998

15

15

MT-01

NA

1670

12

12.5

VMAX

11.48

1679

22.03

22.1

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Picture of the month

The magnificent Taj can now be reached in almost two hours by road from Delhi, thanks to the new Yamuna Expressway! Photography: Mohd. Nasir


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