This past Thursday, the Indian Space Research Organization performed a crucial pad-abort test on their crew capsule spacecraft, a successful crewed launch of which would make India only the fourth country ever to independently launch a human into space, after the (late) Soviet Union, United States, and China.
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What would you call a set of new 1.2- and 1.5-liter economy car engines? Pipsqueak? Whiskers? Nah. Ford went with Dragon. Very Game of Thrones, no?
India’s roads are absurd. Let’s just get that out of the way now. Lanes aren’t really a thing, humans cling to trucks going 50 mph, motorcycles are for carrying families of six and roadkill works the other way around.
During a broadcast on Saturday morning local time, the Hindustan Times reports that a news anchor in India read the breaking report of a fatal crash that she knew involved her husband. Yet she somehow, very bravely, kept her composure and finished the report before breaking down.
The new Porsche Panamera Turbo (the pretty one) is in its roll-out phase around the world. Here in America, it’s new starting price is a high but justifiable $151,000. In India it’s a good whoa my god, is that a typo.
In a move that I can’t say I’d have predicted, PSA Peugeot-Citroen is buying the Ambassador name and related branding and trademarks from Hindustan Motor’s parent company, C K Birla. What they’re planning to do with the legendary (well, in India) Ambassador name hasn’t been revealed, but, of course, we can guess.
Tata is best known globally for their remarkable $3,000 car, the Tata Nano. Tata isn’t crazy about being so synonymous with ultra-cheap cars, which is partially why they’re launching a new performance-oriented sub-brand called Tamo, presumably from Tata Motors. Or maybe Talking Mongoose? It’s not clear. They’ll be…
Imagine you’re walking around in New Delhi, India, minding your own business, when out of nowhere a frozen block of shit falls out of the sky and bonks you on the head. You’d be pretty pissed.
For Amazon Prime users in India, The Grand Tour’s fourth episode reportedly wasn’t nearly as long as the rest of them—in fact, it was apparently less than half of the length it should have been due to censorship from Amazon for the Indian market.
The new Aston Martin DB11 starts at around $212,000 here in the United States. Any guess on how much it costs in India? No. More than that.
Forget every Michael Bay or Fast and Furious whatever you’ve ever seen. This Kollywood scene from last year is more over-the-top amazing than any of them.
If seeing that a vehicle has a zero-star safety rating isn’t enough to frighten a person out of his or her mind, seeing said vehicle in a wreck probably is. Five cars designed for India—which has minimal safety requirements for vehicles—just received that number in crash testing, and videos from the test show why.
Where in the world is Force India team principal and Kingfisher Airlines head Vijay Mallya? According to The Guardian, he is believed to be in London, or at least somewhere that isn’t India. Wherever he is, he insists that he isn’t fleeing pressure to pay the $1.34 billion owed by the defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
A few days ago, in a religious festival in Palakkad, in the state of Kerala, India, one elephant had enough. The elephant was part of the four-day regional Thalappoli Festival at the Bhagavathi Temple, one of the oldest temples in India when he decided he was done with everything. While up to 27 vehicles were damaged…
At the Delhi Auto Show, Nissan’s division for “high-growth” markets, Datsun, showed a concept based on their entry-level Go platform, and it suggests a refreshingly optimistic view of the future of car-buying in countries like India.
Royal Enfield is India’s main motorcycle brand. It’s known for cute quirks like odd shifter placement and reliably falling apart. But the slick-looking manageably-sized on-road/off-road Himalayan might be worth overlooking some shortcomings for.
Mahindra’s goofy-but-fun-looking little SUV, the KUV100, was officially released today, and it’s especially notable because it’s the first Mahindra SUV that’s offered with a gasoline engine. That could become very, very important if New Delhi bans diesel, as is being considered.