Remember Elantra? It's not time yet to forget a car that was pleasing to the taste of many, but failed to sell in great numbers and disappeared in 2006. A six-year long void is now filled with the all-new Elantra that marks the continuing evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language. One needs to work at Hyundai to differentiate the Elantra from its 'fluidic siblings' at the first glance. Even though the hexagonal grille presents a more sinister smile than the Verna, the fog lamps create a flavourless impression. Again, the head lamps are so similar to Verna's, but they extend further into the fenders. In profile, the Elantra too gets that well-defined line stretching from the front door to the tail light. However, the Elantra has the sleekest and highest tail in its class and is arguably the best-looking amid other fluidic Hyundais. The New Elantra's interior doesn't resemble that of cost-cutters sedans. The bits and bobs are well appointed, with no hint of cheapness or charade of luxury. The front seats are not only supportive and comfortable, but they are ventilated as well. The new Elantra is offered in four options - a 128 PS 1.6-litre diesel and a 150 PS 1.8 petrol - both in six-speed Manual and six-speed Auto. The diesel engine is borrowed from the Verna. Hyundai has integrated the Variable Geometry Turbochargers in an attempt to cut down turbo lag, yet there is a noticeable amount of lag that could be annoying in city driving. The all-new Fluidic Elantra is certainly the most distinctive shape in the D-segment in India. As a package, it poses a serious threat to its competitors in the segment.
From shaking up the very foundations of the Indian government to stirring up unseemly controversies, from showing incredible courage in the face of extreme adversities to losing a reputation built over years of hard work in just a blink of an eye, from setting the electoral hustings afire with golden speeches to getting into trouble for not speaking at all, there were many 'newsmakers' in 2012 who caught the common man's imagination. Some made it for stellar reasons, others for all there is wrong with the society. Here are 12 'newsmakers' that deserve a mention. More »
Trying to pick twelve travel destinations in India is a little like choosing the twelve best feathers on a peacock’s train, but pick we must. The most dramatic phenomenon we’ve observed in 2012 is the rising number of Indians choosing their own country for a great holiday. At one end of the spectrum, they are hitchhiking and backpacking. At the other they are patronising the most luxurious hotels and resorts once reserved for tourists brandishing wads of foreign exchange. Keen to experiment, they are experiencing everything from scuba-diving to cycling. Many are taking to wildlife and landscape photography with a passion. Here’s our selection of the 12 most captivating Indian holiday destinations of 2012. Feel free to argue but, most importantly, get up and pack! More »
It was an eventful year in the world of finance and business, one that actively involved all three actors: the government, people and even the common man. From violent employee agitations to controversial reform proposals and volatile economic indicators, we compile the twelve defining news events of 2012. More »