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Review: 2018 Suzuki Ertiga review, test drive
Engineering a car is a massive exercise. And, often, getting it right boils down to the little things – a few inches here, a few centimetres there. It’s all about finding the right compromise. Case in point, Maruti’s Ertiga, the one currently sold in India. Designed to be light, compact and seat seven, Maruti today knows it took things a bit too far, made it a bit too compact. This is why the all-new Ertiga I am about to get behind the wheel of features both, more space in the cabin and a larger engine under the hood; 100mm longer and 100cc larger (130mm and 88cc more to be precise), it promises much. But do these and the other changes help take the Ertiga’s ride and drive experience to the next level? The traffic-free roads on the outskirts of Jakarta beckon. BIGGER AND BOLDER I can’t resist a bit of a walkaround when I see the MPV in the flesh for the first time. It sure does look bigger and bulkier. MPVs are all about space on the inside after all, but that also makes life difficult for the designers. This isn’t a new problem. Truth be told, the battle between aesthetics and practicality has been raging for millennia. Sat at opposite ends of the ring, Kipling said: “Never the twain shall meet” and that could be the case here too. To understand just how difficult this is, take a long hard look at the plump-as-a-partridge profile of the new Ertiga. Still, Suzuki and Maruti designers have put in a stellar effort to make this Gen-2 MPV look more attractive. First up, they’ve given it more of a cowl. While the current Ertiga sold in India is very ◊ ∆ ‘mono-volume’, this new one has a distinctive nose that protrudes out like on an SUV. Similar to the Innova Crysta in profile, the new Ertiga’s stand-up bonnet is attractively detailed too. The sleek-looking wraparound headlight enclosure gets chrome and metallic highlights, the projector unit is beautifully finished, and though there are myriad surfaces and shapes where the headlights meet the grille, the execution is so neat, it looks very classy. Even the massive ‘C’-shaped brackets that house the fog lamps give the chin a robust look, and the rising swage line that runs through the door handles makes the new Ertiga look a bit tipped-forward too. I walk around the rear, and here, too, the ‘floating roof’ and ‘L’-shaped tail-lights work quite superbly. The designers at Suzuki have also widened the base to make it gel better with the bulk of the car. If only the profile were nicer; and to compound the issue, the 15-inch wheels look two sizes too small and ruin the stance. These lines and details would have looked so much better on an SUV. FORWARD MARCH To counter the added bulk, Maruti has put a larger, more powerful engine under the hood of the new Ertiga. Larger in capacity by 88cc than the 1.4 that currently powers the Ertiga in India, the new K15B also puts out substantially more power – 105hp compared to 92hp. And torque, with the increase in cubic capacity, has, of course, gone up too. What has remained unchanged, however, is the character of the engine. I set off at a relaxed pace as what I’m keen to test initially is not flat-out performance but this engine’s improved pulling power. The 1.4 engine has always been very tractable and pulled cleanly from low speed, and now this larger 1.5 is identical in character too. In fact, with the additional torque and gearing that is only marginally taller in the lower gears, the new Ertiga pulls forward in an even more energetic manner. This means I can potter around at low speed in a high gear, and pull away cleanly whenever I need to. Nice. Particularly useful in start-stop traffic, of which there is no shortage in downtown Jakarta. Yes, when fully loaded, you will need to downshift more often, but here, just three up, the Ertiga pulls so well from just about any engine speed, it’s quite relaxing to drive. Power and torque delivery is also quite linear. There’s no sudden step up in power and there’s no spike in the mid-range, but torque keeps building and building until you get to the peak at 4,400rpm. And the new Ertiga also has a lot more oomph in the top end. The engine revs until just 6,200rpm, but spin the motor past 4,500rpm and there’s loads and loads of power, and then the new Ertiga feels reasonably quick; the strong top end is particularly satisfying to use if you are in a hurry. The new K15B engine, however, isn’t the most refined unit around, especially at higher engine speeds. Cross 4,000rpm and the snarl from under the bonnet starts to sound strained. And go past 5,000rpm and the din rises further. Also, no way is this engine as smooth as the 1.5 unit of the Honda City, or for that matter, as eager to rev. More insulation is needed here for sure. STILL A HATCHBACK We need to negotiate a long stretch of dense [...]
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2 LeT terrorists killed in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara
2 LeT terrorists killed in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara [...]
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Most bad loans from UPA era, banks to blame for NPA crisis: Raghuram Rajan
Most bad loans from UPA era, banks to blame for NPA crisis: Raghuram Rajan [...]
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Bihar: FIR against 150 people after lynching in Sitamarhi
Bihar: FIR against 150 people after lynching in Sitamarhi [...]
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Hotel Mumbai review – Dev Patel terror story is an unlikely crowd-pleaser
Patel is subdued yet excellent in Anthony Maras’s white-knuckle retelling of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks At the five-star Taj Mahal Palace hotel “guest is God”. So says head chef Oberoi (Anupam Kher) to his staff before they begin serving the dinner during which the hotel will come under siege from four gunmen intent on a massacre. Based on the series of terrorist attacks that occurred in Mumbai in 2008, Hotel Mumbai recounts how the Taj’s guests and staff fought to survive those four days.It’s an ensemble piece as director Anthony Maras weaves various perspectives into a tightly constructed narrative. Dev Patel (delivering a subdued yet excellent performance) plays a server under the watchful eye of Chef Oberoi who is suddenly tasked with keeping his guests alive when the attacks break out. Armie Hammer is the Jack-and-Coke drinking all-American husband of Nazanin Boniadi – the couple decide to leave their baby upstairs with the nanny while they dine in the hotel’s restaurant. Jason Isaacs’s sleazy Russian businessman dines nearby. Other narratives include the Mumbai police officers who infiltrate the hotel to get to the CCTV cameras, Patel’s character’s wife watching the news footage, and a young Aussie couple backpacking across India.For all its subplots, Maras keeps a tight leash on the film’s narrative strands as we watch characters move in and out of each other’s stories. The use of real news footage on background televisions is a clever way of dealing with exposition, allowing the plot to move briskly along. Continue reading... [...]
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Bharat Bandh was ‘successful’ across India, claims Congress
New Delhi, Sep 10: The Congress party on Monday claimed that the Bharat Bandh called by it to protest against the spiralling fuel prices was a "successful" across the country. The BJP, however, said the Bharat Bandh was not successful and [...]
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'Mismanagement of economy' by BJP govt reason for fuel price hike: Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Sep 10: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday the daily increase in fuel prices and the unprecedented devaluation of the rupee were a result of the "mismanagement of the economy" by the BJP-led central government. [...]
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Bharat Bandh: How was the response in North East, Eastern India
Kolkata, Sep 10: A nationwide shutdown called by Congress and other opposition parties Monday against soaring fuel prices failed to evoke response in West Bengal and Tripura, but affected life in BJP-ruled Assam and Arunachal Pradesh besides Bihar and Odisha. {image-bandh1-1536563245.jpg [...]
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Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier
  Dyson has launched another air purifier in India, which is a follow up to the previously launched Pure Cool Link air purifier (TP03). The new Dyson Pure Cool air purifier comes packed with new feature... [...]
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Alastair Cook reaches farewell century as England dominate
England batsman Alastair Cook marked his 291st and final test innings in fitting fashion as he reached an unbeaten century against India on the fourth morning of the fifth test on Monday. [...]
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Alastair Cook: The man with debut and farewell Test ton against India
England batsman Alastair Cook hit his 33rd Test century on Monday in the final match against India, just before he retired from international cricket. [...]
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India vs England, 5th Test Day 4: Live updates
The fourth day of the last Test is on where England maintain a massive lead against India.  [...]
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Indian Catholic nuns protest against bishop accused of rape
Demonstrations fuelled by politician questioning account of Franco Mullackal’s alleged victimIndian Catholic sisters have broken ranks with the church by openly protesting in the streets of the Keralan state capital against a bishop accused of raping a nun.The demonstrations started on Saturday and continued throughout the weekend in Thiruvananthapuram, fuelled by an incendiary press conference in which a politician questioned the account of the bishops’s alleged victim, a 46-year-old nun, and described her as a prostitute. Continue reading... [...]
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Ram Madhav says 'detection, deletion and deportation' only solution to illegal immigration issue
New Delhi, Sep 10: For the safety, security and distinct identity of the people Assam and the country, preparing National Citizenship Register (NRC) for the entire country is the only solution. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Assam has published [...]
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John Bolton to castigate ICC in Washington speech
Trump’s national security adviser threatens sanctions against judges at international criminal courtJohn Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, will threaten the international criminal court (ICC) with sanctions when he makes a coruscating attack on the institution in a speech in Washington.According to drafts of his speech, Bolton will push for sanctions over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. He is also expected to announce on Monday the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel. Related: The ICC must hold the US accountable for crimes in Afghanistan | Katherine Gallagher Continue reading... [...]
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Bharat Bandh today: Who’s supporting it and who's not
New Delhi, Sep 10: The Opposition led by Congress has called for a nationwide shutdown on Monday in the wake of rising fuel prices and the falling value of the rupee against the dollar. The Congress has accused the [...]
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Welcome to litigate, but don’t romance it: CJI
New Delhi, Sep 10: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra on Sunday urged the people not to remain obsessed with litigations and make effort to see if they can be solved otherwise. "You are welcome to litigate. But [...]
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Amidst political row, here is how IAF is readying on Rafale
New Delhi, Sep 10: In the midst of a political firestorm over the Rafale jet deal, the Indian Air Force is quietly making preparations, including readying required infrastructure and training of pilots, to welcome the fighter aircraft, official sources said. {image-rafale-1536538682.jpg [...]
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Mahindra to ramp up Roxor production
Mahindra rolled out its new Roxor off-road utility vehicle for the US market back in March 2018 and started production for the side-by-side powersports offering in April. Speaking to our sister publication Autocar Professional, Rajan Wadhera President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra said that the brand is already planning to increase production of the Roxor at its new Detroit facility as it is expecting to see demand for the vehicle increase. In order to support this ramping up of production, the Indian brand is also looking at expanding its market presence in North America from its current network of 300 dealerships. Additional outlets have been planned for California state and even in neighbouring Canada, where it is expected to launch in showrooms next year. Wadhera also revealed that the brand has so far produced 800 units of the Roxor, all of which have been dispatched to the brand’s dealers. Of these 800, 400 have already been sold through Mahindra’s US network. The two-seat Roxor is based on the Mahindra Thar, and looks quite a bit like the lifestyle SUV sold in India. It features a steel body on a boxed steel frame and is powered by a 64hp, 2.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that powers all four wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. Top speed is limited to 72kph. The Roxor is not a road-legal model and rivals the Polaris RZR ATV and the Kawasaki Mule Pro series. While the Roxor is assembled at Mahindra’s Detroit facility, about 50 percent of the model’s parts are sourced from India. The model has recently become embroiled in an intellectual property rights dispute with FCA. Also see: Mahindra Marazzo to get customisation packages 2018 Mahindra Marazzo vs rivals: Specifications comparison 2018 Mahindra Marazzo review, test drive In conversation with Anand Mahindra, executive chairman, M&M video [...]
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Harley-Davidson to set up R&D centre for electric vehicles in California
Harley-Davidson has announced that it will be setting up a new R&D (research and development) centre in Silicon Valley, California. The upcoming R&D centre will be focusing on the development of electric vehicles, including batteries, performance electronics, and design. It will work in conjunction with Harley’s existing R&D centre in Wisconsin and is expected to start operations by late 2018. Few months back, the American brand had announced the 'More Roads to Harley-Davidson' growth plan, which gave electric vehicles a lot of significance. The new programme has been dubbed 'Twist and Go' and the first offering from this initiative is the Livewire. Harley recently showcased the production version of its first electric motorcycle, which will go on sale next year. The company also has plans to expand its EV portfolio with lighter, smaller and even more accessible products that will go on sale by 2022. It also has started hiring electrical, mechanical and software engineers for the upcoming R&D centre. The facility will initially employ a staff of approximately 25, most of which the company intends to hire from within the Silicon Valley area. Commenting on the new R&D centre, Matt Levatich, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc, said, “Recently we shared with the world our accelerated plans to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally. This new R&D facility in the heart of Silicon Valley will help us deliver on those plans and demonstrate our commitment to lead the electrification of the sport. This is an exciting time in Harley-Davidson’s incredible history, and it’s also an exciting time to join our company and help shape our future.” [...]
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Rupee hits fresh low, tumbles below 72 against the dollar
Rupee hits fresh low, tumbles below 72 against the dollar [...]
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Bharat Bandh LIVE: Shiv Sena decides to stay away
New Delhi, Sep 10: The proposed 'Bharat Bandh' on Monday is likely to cripple life across the country. A nationwide shutdown against rising fuel price and issues that affects 'common man' will be observed across the country today between 9 am and [...]
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Congress claims to have support of 21 political parties for its Bharat Bandh call
New Delhi, Sep 10: The Congress claims to have support of 21 political parties in its call for Bharat Bandh on September 10. It has appealed other political parties to join hands against inflation and steep rise in the petrol and [...]
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The Guardian view on gay rights: India backs freedom – others should follow | Editorial
The supreme court judgment decriminalising homosexuality overturned a colonial era law. But its welcome ruling is a reminder of the work to be done elsewhereUnless you are gay, and have lived in one of the 70 or so countries where homosexuality is illegal, it is hard to imagine what it would feel like if embarking on any sexual relationship entailed committing a crime. In many places heterosexual people too can get in trouble for having sex outside marriage. But the burden of legislation outlawing sex has long weighed most heavily on gay people for whom, where such prohibitions exist, there is often no legal means of living as themselves.The pressure can be unbearable even when relationships are undetected, or are never begun for fear of the cost. So last week’s judgment by the Indian supreme court is a reason to rejoice. It not only decriminalised gay sex, but ruled that gay citizens enjoy all the protections of the constitution. “History owes an apology to members of the community for the delay in ensuring their rights,” said judge Indu Malhotra. The decision follows recent decisions in favour of gay rights in Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. But India’s size, influence and history means the significance of this move should not be underestimated. Continue reading... [...]
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Those involved in lynchings can’t call themselves nationalists: Venkaiah Naidu
New Delhi, Sep 9: Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu has said those involved in incidents of hate and lynching cannot call themselves nationalists while holding that legislation alone was not enough as a change in societal behaviour was required to prevent such [...]
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Opposition has no leader or policy; sole agenda to stop Modi: BJP
New Delhi, Sep 9: The second day of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) executive meeting on Sunday will see a valedictory speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking at the executive meet, Prakash Javadekar said,''The opposition has no agenda or [...]
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Serena Williams points towards sexism in tennis after controversial US Open final
Serena Williams lost the match to Japan's Naomi Osaka after a number of outbursts against chair umpire Carlos Ramos. " I don't cheat. You've robbed me of a game," she was heard telling him. [...]
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Asian Games gold winner Arpinder Singh becomes first Indian to bag medal in IAAF Continental Cup
Arpinder Singh who won a gold medal in the Asian Games 2018 became the first Indian to win a medal in IAAF Continental Cup on Sunday.  [...]
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