All stories by Pavan Lall
Will the new A4 put Audi back in the race?Rediff.com2 days ago
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.com4 days ago
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.
Volkswagen T-Roc: In the presence of true powerRediff.com16 Sep 2020
Quality-wise, and on the fun-to-drive scale, the T-Roc is in a league of its own, notes Pavan Lall.
Power suit bows out as WFH hits office dress codeRediff.com13 Sep 2020
Master tailors, textile manufacturers and custom clothiers, however, say the upcoming festive season, reinvention in the form of new collections and digital outreach are salvaging the situation somewhat.
Want to be a professional drone pilot?Rediff.com27 Aug 2020
There's a need to train 40,000 pilots over the next year-and-a-half.
Will drive-in theatres replace the multiplex?Rediff.com22 Aug 2020
are in the process of building one at the Jio Center in Bandra Kurla Complex where the Maker Maxity building used to be. "This theatre will be on the top of the mall and should be able to accommodate 300 cars, and is expected to open sometime in January or February next year.
Requiem for the Pajero: An SUV like none other!Rediff.com20 Aug 2020
With Mitsubishi pulling the plug on it the days of the Pajero maybe over, but nobody who ever owned one will forget it. Some even learnt life-long lessons from it, says Pavan Lall.
New Honda City takes you back to the future!Rediff.com5 Aug 2020
When a manufacturer launches the fifth generation of a product, it is given that earlier avatars hit the mark. Ditto for the new Honda City, the latest version of which also brings in sweeping changes to the carmaker's product strategy for the Indian market, says Pavan Lall.
Why M&M will halt investment in SsangYong MotorRediff.com27 Jul 2020
M&M will close down GenZe, an e-scooter business in California, because it is unlikely it would stand on its own feet, and is ahead of its time.
Merc GLE 400d: An SUV with cool movesRediff.com20 Jul 2020
While this hip-hop edition is unlikely to drive Merc's market share, the SUV exemplifies what the German automaker is best known for: Innovative engineering and, in this particular case, putting a smile on the face, discovers Pavan Lall.