We have driven and ridden across the globe
Time does fly! It feels that it was just yesterday that we were tanking up over 30 cars for the very first issue of AUTO TODAY. Since then there have been 36 issues, we have compared over 130 cars and bikes, driven to the highest passes, to the remotest corners of the country, in search of our heritage and in search of the wonders of India. We have driven cars all across the globe and ridden bikes of all types in our quest to bring to you our take on the newest and latest in the automotive world. As we start off the fourth year of our journey, we again have stories from all around the world and more importantly from all around India. We have ridden in the Nilgiris, driven in the Shivaliks and in the Himalayas in the north east of the country. Apart from the magic of some adventurous road trips, we have comparison tests of the entry level premium SUVs as well as that of three bikes that have a racing series built around them. Amongst the important cars we have driven are the Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz facelift which also gets a new petrol engine and an assist system that is powered by its own battery and this maybe a portend of things to come. Smaller engines but better utilization of energy! The first part this sentence is also applicable to the new Honda CR-V which now will get a diesel for India but just a 1.6-litre one! The top story this month is on the cars that are being launched globally and may have a future in India. We have included a few electric cars in the list of over a 100 hoping that the government will get its act together about the future of mobility in our country and electric car companies will be queuing up to launch in India. And finally, we took the Mercedes GLC up to Arunachal Pradesh where we explored not only the popular west part of the state but also followed the Siang river to very near the border with China. We crossed multiple rivers, many of them without bridges and got to towns which did not even have a single restaurant! Hope you enjoy reading the 3rd anniversary issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Till next month, ride safe and drive with your seatbelts on – not only for you but for every life you value, no matter where they are sitting in the car!
Yogendra Pratap Editor email@example.com @YogenPratap