All stories by Pavan Lall
In India, luxury used car market is in the fast laneRediff.com1 May 2021
The new car market is estimated at around 30,000 units a year in sales in a good year, whereas the used car market for luxury vehicles is estimated at around 60,000 cars annually.
Can Tesla win India where most US carmakers have failed?Rediff.com23 Apr 2021
What will it take for Tesla to plug and play in India? Sector pundits say it's a mix of strategy, getting the price right, timing, the right talent, and above all, patience.
The new Swift: pocket friendly, cute as a button and reliableRediff.com21 Apr 2021
While the latest, fourth-generation Swift makes no pretence of being a performance car or the last word in luxury, what it does stand for is amply evident, notes Pavan Lall.
Mercedes-Benz's A35 AMG limousine: Made for the thrill seekersRediff.com6 Apr 2021
Step on the gas and the power that propels the compact four-seater will take you by surprise as it hurtles towards the 80 kmph like a racing thoroughbred, never compromising any stability thanks to its rigid chassis and solid 1,600-kg kerb weight that gives it a well-planted feel along straights, corners and tricky lanes and roads, says Pavan Lall.
There's something different about BMW's 3 Series Gran LimousineRediff.com1 Apr 2021
Smooth engine, plush interiors, great suspension that handle dodgy roads with ease, futuristic design elements that have little by way of competition in the market -- it's all there, says Pavan Lall.
Mini in name, max in power and appealRediff.com26 Mar 2021
Why is the Mini the only "lifestyle" auto badge that seems to be growing and staying strong? Pavan Lall finds out.
Zerodha's Nikhil Kamath is India's youngest new billionaireRediff.com9 Mar 2021
Last year, Nikhil Kamath and his brother Nithin jettisoned into a club of the country's 100 wealthiest with their net worth pegged at around Rs 24,000 crore
Are you ready for the Citroen?Rediff.com8 Mar 2021
Making a debut in India with an SUV, Citroen's products in the next couple of years will clearly chart and define its destiny in what has become both a vibrant but also a daunting market for foreign entrants, says Pavan Lall.
Will the new A4 put Audi back in the race?Rediff.com2 Mar 2021
The answer would have been an unequivocal yes had the A4 been priced more aggressively, says Pavan Lall.
A masterstroke that keeps demand for Rolex watches sky-highRediff.com28 Feb 2021
Rolex has been masterful at playing the demand-supply game, limiting its issue of coveted and in-demand watches to only one or two pieces per dealership.
The A is now The Quorum: Rana Kapoor family-led business club changes handsRediff.com25 Jan 2021
The Quorum in Mumbai aims to introduce and extend its blend of hospitality and philosophy of being community-led, content-driven, design-focused and experiential.
Volvo S60 takes the safety-first mantra seriouslyRediff.com19 Jan 2021
With all the safety equipment that it features, the S60 could be the smarter, more mature sedan alternative that consumers in this price category want, says Pavan Lall.
Want to drive a BMW? Check out 2 SeriesRediff.com29 Dec 2020
For those who've always wanted to drive a BMW in India, the 2 Series is easily the most fun to drive everyday car that money can buy.
Will Harley-Davidson be back on Indian roads?Rediff.com11 Dec 2020
For Hero MotoCorp, India's largest two-wheeler company, it's a calculated gambit to revive Harley-Davidson whose ride in India has been anything but easy since it got here.When automotive firms embark on alliances, it's a roll of the dice on how such marriages will play out.
Third-gen Hyundai i20 is a leap forward for Korean carmakerRediff.com1 Dec 2020
The latest Hyundai i20 is an exciting car, given the overall drive experience, transmission, ride quality and tech. And while it may not be as low cost as a Maruti or come with the "heavy German steel-feel" of the Volkswagen, it does carve out a niche for itself at pole position with a combination of technology, styling, drive and ride comfort, and low cost of ownership, says Pavan Lall.
Why aren't Indian cars as safe as foreign ones?Rediff.com15 Nov 2020
India wasn't applying widespread crash testing like foreign countries do, so manufacturers didn't see the need for an investment focus on safety. Customers rarely walked into showrooms asking for the safest car. They wanted the cheapest or the most fuel-efficient or the best-looking car.
Premium carmakers caught in a bind over high taxesRediff.com3 Nov 2020
Automakers are caught in a chicken-and-egg situation: Prices have to come down if volumes are to increase, and volumes won't increase unless prices come down, notes Pavan Lall.
Why India's automobile business is like BollywoodRediff.com20 Oct 2020
What worked for Hyundai in India when so many other auto manufacturers have had to eat humble pie? Pavan Lall finds out.
Homestays come to travellers' aid in Covid timesRediff.com27 Sep 2020
Intimate getaways offered in the form of homestays by hotels are proving to be the flavour of this extraordinary and difficult time. Not far from cities, they offer a pleasant respite from homebound lives, says Pavan Lall.
The Kia Sonet is on songRediff.com25 Sep 2020
On the highway, it pulls along with ease and offers smooth commuter ride and drive experience, and also has little competition, says Pavan Lall.