New Delhi, Dec 12: The Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday appointed Kamal Nath as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. He is a nine-time Member of Parliament from Chhindwara. Though Kamal Nath is not contesting the Assembly elections, voters in [...]
The BMW 3-series is a rear-wheel-drive compact luxury sedan that has always been designed and engineered with the driver in sharp focus. Now in its seventh generation globally, BMW says the new 3 is more luxurious, better equipped and more comfortable than the current car. And that's not it – BMW even claims it's the best 3-series to drive ever. So expectations are high. With the 320d and 320i likely to be in showrooms only in July next year, are they worth waiting for?
What is it?
The new 3-series is truly all new. Based on BMW's Cluster Architecture (CL AR) – first used on the 7-series and later the 5 – the new 3-series is around 55kg lighter, a massive 50 percent stiffer, and longer and wider than the current car. It also gets a 10mm lower centre of gravity for better agility, a wheelbase that's longer by 41mm and the track, in general, is up by 30mm too. Unlike the 5, however, the front wheels of the 3-series are not suspended by double wishbones; it gets the more affordable McPherson struts. And it also has an all-new damping system that offers greater control of the spring (it uses an additional piston in the damper to control rebound over bumps).
The design of the exterior also seems to dovetail nicely with the more sporty fundamentals. The design is more aggressive and edgy, there are sharper lines and cuts, and the larger wheels give it a more planted look as well. While the basic silhouette of the 3 remains, the nose of the car is all new. The oversized kidney grille is now much wider, the wraparound headlight clusters seem to emerge from under the grille and there are some exaggerated cuts on the bonnet. It works nicely, but I can't help but feel some of that old BMW visual magic is gone; remember the narrow nostrils, round headlights and the hooded brows? The new 3-series also gets three different chins. The 320d's (the white car) is the neatest of the lot and the least aggressive, and the NACA ducts on the air dam work particularly nicely. At the rear, all 3-series get twin tailpipes, the 320d included. The design of the rear, however, is a bit too simple and anonymous. Remove the blue and white badge and it could be anything.
What's it like to drive?
Let's start with the ride, especially over bad roads. While the roads in Portugal are much better paved than the ones we have back home, I did encounter some nasty patches, and it is here over some large ruts and sharp bumps that BMW's new damping system clearly impressed. Yes, as ever with the 3-series, you can feel a hint of stiffness in the springs and there is still some up and down movement at speed. But the new system works so well, the suspension still smothers most bumps like they barely exist. The suspension is silent and never crashes, and what's impressive is that even small road imperfections are dismissed easily. This should be the best riding 3-series we've ever had in India, especially once the Indian car get a slightly raised rough road suspension and taller profile tyres.
The new 3-series also has massive amounts of grip. The chassis is much stiffer, the centre of gravity is lower and the wheels are placed wider apart (you can feel that from behind the wheel). In fact, grip levels are so high and the car feels so planted, it feels completely nonplussed, even though initially you think you are driving close to the car's limits. The steering is very relaxed and measured, and the new 3 isn't quite as agile as the current car, but there's just so much poise and stability, you need to up your pace considerably if you really want to get the rear of the car sliding. Find the right road, like we did, get 'up to speed' with the higher levels of grip, and the new 3-series will deliver a driving experience that is a lot more superior to its rivals, to easily be the best driving car in its class. And what's impressive is that the harder you drive, the more agile and better it gets. Still, you do miss the current car's low-speed agility and sense of playfulness.
Performance is also a small step up on the current car. The diesel engine makes an identical 190hp but performance in the mid-range feels more muscular and stronger. The engine is more refined, insulation is better and it even feels more responsive at low engine speeds. A lot of these changes are because BMW has gone from using a single twin-scroll turbo to twin sequential units – one large and one small. Thankfully, the engine still revs all the way to 5,000rpm and pulls hard all the way to 4,700rpm or so. So you are never left wanting for performance. The 320d, in fact, does 0-100 in just 6.8sec, almost as quick as the original E30 M3 from the late '80s at 6.5sec. BMW's diesel, however, still isn't as smooth or as quiet as Audi's, and it's not as responsive either.&nbs [...]
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This gesture by the Indian skipper would have remained unknown, if not for a tweet by ex-English cricketer Michael Vaughan who is currently involved in the cricketing series between India and Australia as a commentator. [...]
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Lack of accountability in security programme fuels allegations that UK taxpayers are unknowingly complicit in rights abusesMPs have expressed concern over the government’s flagship £1.28bn global security programme, saying a lack of transparency and accountability lends weight to allegations from rights groups and watchdogs that taxpayers are unwittingly complicit in human rights abuses.Campaigners at Reprieve have accused the government of failing to release full details of a new “rule of law” initiative in Pakistan, granted £9.3m in foreign aid and an undisclosed amount in non-aid funding. The failure to release a human rights assessment of the initiative for 2018-19 raised “the appalling prospect that British taxpayers are unknowingly complicit in torture and death sentences”, it said. Related: UK Foreign Office ranks among world's worst on revealing how aid is spent Continue reading... [...]
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Known for being the architect of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Japan in November having been accused of under-reporting his salary and using company assets for personal use. Japanese TV station NHK now reports that he has now been indicted for under-reporting his salary, and re-arrested over similar allegations dating back several years.
Ghosn was stripped of his roles as chairman of Nissan and Mitsubishi after the allegations emerged. However, he maintains his position as chairman and CEO of Renault.
NHK also reports that Nissan has been charged by prosecutors as a corporation involved in the case. Former Nissan representative director Greg Kelly, arrested at the same time as Ghosn, has been indicted as well.
Prosecutors believe that Ghosn had made arrangements to receive the difference between his documented salary and what he was actually paid, post-retirement.
Ghosn has not issued any public statement following his arrest, but he is reported to have denied said allegations to prosecutors.
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