The February 2012 issue is out on stands
The February issue is out on stands now.
This January for the automotive industry in India was all about the Auto Expo. We give you a comprehensive coverage â" launches, unveilings and more - about the 11th edition of the Expo held in New Delhi. From the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Ertiga and XA Alpha to the Ducati 795 and the Triumphs, we have all the details.
The Expo also saw the launch of the Mini, the legend has finally arrived in India and we have a comprehensive first drive report about it all the way from its birthplace, Oxford. The new Swift Dzire has had its boot chopped and becomes more fun to drive and dare we say, looks better too. We also have a preview of the Ford Mondeo slated to go on sale in India by late 2013.
The Hyundai Sonata unveiled at the Expo, which is slated for a launch in India by the end of February this year, also features in this issue. The 21st century Beetle loses its flower vase, is different in dimensions but still retains its character. No issue is complete without some mean machines and this time we have the 560PS Lexus supercar, the LFA. Shumi went all the way to the land of rising sun to drive it. But what he came back smiling about was the GT86 sports coupe. Toyota seems to have found their spark again with this new rear wheel driven beauty. With Lexus cars slated to hit Indian showrooms by 2013, sadly we don't expect to see either of the cars here.
But the one with the bigger smile was Bert who went to Spain to ride the new KTM 690 Duke, which we expect will come down to India soon. Honda showcased their 2012 Fireblade at the Expo and Harriet takes an instant liking for it after riding it. If sportsbikes aren't your poison, then we have Suzuki's Intruder M800, the smaller version of its only other cruiser in the Indian market.
Rishaad goes to Nagaland for the Hornbill rally and comes back impressed with the rockstar politicians. And the Honda Brio goes fishing in Kolkata and comes back burpy and happy.
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