We have driven and rid­den across the globe

Auto Today - - Editorial -

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 yo­gen­dra.pratap@in­to­day.com @Yo­genPratap

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