Of late, we have seen a sudden proliferation of 'segment-breakers' in the Utility Vehicle category. As car buyers have become more demanding and discerning about where they spend their money, the level of choice and abilities of vehicles have improved. When Maruti's LUV Ertiga and Renault's Compact SUV Duster took the market by storm, Nissan also launched what the Japanese call the 'Urban Class Utility Vehicle'. On the face of it, the Nissan Evalia is a conventional people mover. Though upright and boxy in design, the Evalia has an exquisite and aerodynamic frontal design, but side and rear profiles are van-like and less aesthetically pleasing. However, space, not the design, is what matters for a utility vehicle and Nissan has managed to pull it off with the Evalia. It's enormous inside, capable of accommodating all the clobber your kids bring with them. One of the strongest USPs of Evalia is the luggage space, which is expandable up to 2900 litres with middle and third rows folded up. The sliding doors are very practical, too. Renault's familiar 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine fires up smoothly, delivering 200 Nm of torque. The 85 bhp on tap is abundant to ferry Evalia along nicely. The body does lean considerably in corners, but not in an unsettling manner. The ride is supple enough and the suspension absorbs the punishment handed out by all but the worst road surfaces. However, the third row passengers were not really happy with the overall ride quality; blame it on the leaf spring suspension set up at the rear. The engine lacks refinement, so expect an irksome amount of engine noise sneaking into the cabin. The Nissan Evalia may not be a fun-to-drive vehicle like the Innova, but it is a very practical and spacious people mover offering nimble maneuverability.
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 »